There is always heat problem when we come to heavy computing or gaming with our computer. This happens even more frequently when your computer is not properly vented. Overheating not only causes uncomfortable temperature for user when using the computer, it also affect the performance of the computer, a.k.a. throttling, or computer components will break down eventually.
ThrottleStop is a small application designed to monitor for and correct the three main types of CPU throttling that are being used on many laptop computers.
The left side of ThrottleStop contains a variety of options which can be used to bypass CPU throttling and on the right side is a Monitoring panel that shows you the current state of each thread on your CPU.
Some laptops are using clock modulation and multiplier reductions to lower the performance and power consumption of your computer. This is done deliberately to either allow your computer to run cooler or to allow your laptop to operate with a power adapter that is not sufficient to fully power your laptop and recharge its battery at the same time.
When using ThrottleStop, it is strongly recommended to monitor power consumption at the wall with a Kill-a-Watt meter or similar device and make sure that you don’t exceed the power capabilities of your power adapter. Use of ThrottleStop to bypass these throttling schemes is at your own risk and can result in permanent damage to your power adapter or computer or both which may not be covered by your warranty.
How to use ThrottleStop to stop CPU from overheating?
A lot of heat is generated when CPU is under heavy load. This is due to the Turbo Boost feature offered on the CPU chipset, which allow the CPU to run faster than the default frequency. For example, a CPU with 2.4GHz may be boosted up to 3.2GHz during heavy load which introduce a lot of heats. With ThrottleStop, we may set the CPU multiplier to a lower value to prevent the clock from exceeding the value.
If you set the multiplier value below a certain value where the Turbo Boost will not happen, which in our case 24 compared to Turbo Boosted 32T, overheating will happen less, and you will notice your CPU temperature will drop to a lower maximum limit. However, you may experience slightly slower CPU performance, which is due to the fact that your CPU performance is limited to 24/32 = 75% of the maximum CPU performance, which mean 25% less heat generated! This will help a lot if you suffer CPU throttling during gaming due to CPU overheating and Intel safe measure to prevent CPU from overheating (which is to slow down the CPU clock based on the CPU temperature).
If you are interested with the program, you can download ThrottleStop from here.