Reduce overheating of computer by reducing performance in Windows

For many Laptop users overheating is a major issue. Especially, Gamer’s face this issue on a regular basis. In this article, we will discuss various possibilities to get rid of this problem.

Possible remedies of this issues can be:

  1. Cleaning Machine internal parts
  2. Using a Cooling Pad for Laptop
  3. Disabling CPU Turbo feature
  4. Reducing Laptop clock rate (Recommended)

Cleaning Machine internal parts

This is quite a tedious task and requires expert of computer hardware to perform this job. We recommend not to perform this unless you have not done cleaning for many years.

Using a Cooling Pad for Laptop

We know this sounds promising but from my personal experience, I can tell you this wont make a great deal of difference. Since, even the best cooling pad in the market including the costly ones, would bring down the temperature of your CPU by 5-10° C on an average.

It will keep the base cool but the most heated portion like the heat sink, would still be hot.

If you are used to using Laptop on your lap, using a cooling pad is advised.

Disabling CPU Turbo feature

CPU Turbo is a feature of modern processors to go beyond the specified maximum clock rating of the processor. This causes heating issues on the laptops with poor cooling mechanism especially while playing games or doing CPU intensive tasks.

To disable CPU Turbo you can go to your BIOS, navigate to appropriate settings page and disable CPU Turbo.

Because of the performance gain CPU Turbo gives you, disabling this feature permanently is not a wise idea.

Windows power plans also allows you to get rid of CPU Turbo. So, to disable or enable CPU Turbo feature all you need to do is switch between power plans.

To disable CPU Turbo you can create a power plan in Windows.

power plan window 7

Now go to ‘Change Plan Settings -> change advanced power settings’ for the new power plan, and  set  ‘Maximum Power State’ between 90 to 99%. This will disable the turbo frequency range.

maximum power state

Reducing Laptop clock rate (Recommended)

You can set  ‘Maximum Power State’ between 70 to 90%. This will definitely bring down the performance just to compensate heat generation. On powerful Laptops, this will bring down heat noticeably and performance decrease wont even be felt.

We recommend using Core-Temp software to measure the temperature.


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