Hey how is it going? Dave2D here. So, I need to preface this video with a pretty big disclaimer. Everything I talk about in this video, you kind of do it at your own discretion, because opening up your computer, fiddling with stuff, playing with software that affects like under-volting and bios and stuff like that, you kind of do it at your own risk, because there’s always an element of risk to it, right? I think it’s safe, I’ve created this video, I’ve experimented with it extensively, but it is at YOUR own risk. Ok, this video is about two powerful tweaks that can greatly improve the performance of your laptop. And there’s two parts to it, first is a software. It’s a relatively easy tweak super safe and then the second part involves opening up your laptop to apply thermal compounds. It’s something a little more dicey, but it should keep your warranty intact, as long as you don’t tell anyone about it. Okay, the first thing we’re going to look at is the software, and this software will give you tremendous control over your CPU, and if you just start clicking things randomly, yeah, you can mess things up. But we’re going to be dealing with one thing, which is undervolting and it’s super safe. Undervolting is a process where you reduce the voltage that’s going to the CPU, but it doesn’t affect performance at all and the reason why you can do this safely, it’s because CPUs are fed more voltage than they actually need. It’s just a matter of finding that sweet spot. The two more popular apps that people use for this are: XTU by Intel and ThrottleStop. Both are free, both are good, but for beginners, I would recommend XTU, because it has all the basic components you need to properly undervolt. This is XTU when you first load it up. I know it looks crazy complex, lots of numbers, but we can ignore most of it. First, let’s adjust the graphing monitor to show 30 minutes of data. We’re going to stress test your CPU at its baseline, without any adjustments, just to see what numbers we’re getting. So, this is the XPS15 9560, it’s running a KabyLake 7700HQ. So, during the stress test the CPU is running pretty much full tilt, occasional dip and the temperatures are going up and down as the fans turn on and off. At its hottest it’s 88 degrees and at the coolest around 75/76 degrees. Now, the way to undervolt properly is to drop the voltage, run a stress test and if it checks out, drop the voltage again and repeat. You’re basically starving the CPU more and more. And so, to do that in XTU, you go to advanced tuning and on the score tab you click on the core voltage offset and you want to scroll upwards from 0 to see negative numbers. Remember, we’re undervolting here, so you want to choose a negative number. So, we’re going to start with an undervolt of 50 millivolts. So I’m going to reduce it by 0.050 volts, and when I run the stress test now, we’re getting a max of 83/84 degrees. For a couple of clicks not bad, right? System is still completely stable, we’re getting full clock speeds, and to step in the right direction. Ok, then we’re going to kick it up a notch and I’m going to reduce it by a 120 millivolts, which is -0.120 volts and I’m cheating here because I know this is near the limit for this particular CPU, you should reduce it one increment at a time and test a bit, but for the sake of speed, I’m cranking that knob to ten. So at this undervolts when we stress test and activate the graph, we’re getting even lower temperatures, maxing at around 77 degrees, so a good 10 or 11 degree drops from the original unaltered voltage. So, just to demonstrate, I’m going to drop my voltage to negative 130 millivolts, I know it’s going to freeze, because I’ve done this before, my even blue screen. And when it does, that’s when we know you hit the undervolt limit. And when you’re there, reboot, go back into XTU and go back to the last voltage that worked. And for me that was -120 and that’s your limit. To really test the stability, you want to run something like Prime95 overnight, just to make sure it’s all good. If it doesn’t last overnight, bump up the voltage. Now, every CPU is different, so it’s tough for me to tell you exactly where to start, but I would recommend looking up your CPU or your particular laptop and seeing what other users with that hardware have been able to undervolt to and just kind of use it as a starting guide. For the KabyLake 7700HQ, I would start around 100 millivolts, so that’s -0.100 volts. For the SkyLake 6700HQ I undervolted it at around 150 millivolts so that’s -0.150 volts. And when you’re done, you can close XTU down, the settings apply even on reboot, you don’t have to keep the front end application open. So, undervolting laptops can give you better thermals, but in my experience the best results come from something called repasting. Okay, when a laptop manufacturer makes a laptop, there comes a point in the manufacturing process, when someone or something usually person has to apply a thermal paste onto the CPU and the GPU, and usually they don’t do an amazing job, usually they’re in a rush. It’s like a person who’s doing like hundreds of laptops, I just made that number up, but they’re doing a lot of laptops every day and they’re just squirting paste, so they don’t really give that much attention to each CPU. What ends up happening is that the application is imperfect. Usually there’s too much and there’s a good chance they’re not using the best quality thermal paste, there’s nothing super terrible about this, the laptop will perform to spec, but it’ll run hot. To resolve this, we’re going to reapply that thermal paste and we’re going to use better quality stuff, which results in lower temperatures. So, for the uninitiated, thermal paste is this goopy stuff, that you apply on to CPUs or GPUs, to help transfer heat away from it. And the better quality paste that you use and the better the application process, the better of a job that it does. Again, every laptop is different, so you’ll have to search around to see if people have done it on yours, but the more popular laptops tend to have some kind of guide or tutorial as to “how to do it”. For the XPS 15 once you’re inside carefully unplug the battery, loosen up the screws here, carefully remove the heatpipe assembly and then clean off the original paste, using alcohol or Arctic Cleaner or whatever you want. And then apply some good thermal paste. So, I tend to do a small blog for the GPU and then a small line for the CPU. Just use good quality paste I like Arctic Silver 5. You don’t need a lot, but you’re better off using too much then way too little. On some laptops, you’ll see thermal pads, you can swap those out for better quality ones or potentially thicker ones. Basically you want the thermal pad to eliminate any kind of air gap and then when you’re done place the heatsink back on, but don’t lift up to check how you did, just trust, because if you lift it up, you can put air bubbles into the paste and that’s no good. One other thing that’s kind of unique to the XPS 15: this area here has voltage regulator modules that get pretty warm. I’ve always put thermalpads over this area just to help transfer the heat to the aluminium paneling. And in the end the repasting gives you a further drop in temperature, better battery life, fans that come on less and most importantly no more CPU throttling. Your laptop will be able to run at maximum clock speed for as long as it wants. And if you play games, render videos or just do anything that pushes your laptop hard, you’re going to get some nice performance gains from this. The thing is some people are going to watch this video and they’re just going to jump to the conclusion that this is the best thing ever. It’s cool, it’s awesome, but it’s not for everyone. If you’ve never opened your computer before, if you don’t know what thermal paste is, if you’ve never used it before, you can still learn and figure out how to do this stuff and it’s great once you do, but take your time, do the research, understand what you’re doing, before you do it, because there is an element of risk to this. I really don’t want you breaking your laptop, just because you were a little overzealous. Take your time, do it properly. Hope you guys enjoyed this video, thumbs of you liked it, sub if you loved it, I’ll see you guys next time.

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100 thoughts on “$12 Hack To Boost Your Laptop Performance!

  • March 3, 2017 at 12:23 am
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    If you plan on doing these mods, be sure to do your research. It's a bit of work but the gains are awesome. Good luck!

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  • July 14, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    Please note that he used thermal PASTE as opposed to thermal COMPOUND. The stuff he linked is advertised as "thermal compound" but what he used in the video I believe was the paste; one is gray and gooey, the other looks more like Sensodyne toothpaste.

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  • July 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm
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    Who else thought there was a Fortnite mini on the thumbnail😂

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  • July 14, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    What about AMD CPUs?
    Overdrive?

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  • July 15, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Hey , love your channel. Can you do a video on how to download more RAM?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 9:14 am
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    The 2.5k dislikes are from kids destroying their laptop.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Anyone here have any idea of how to undervolt an AMD cpu in a laptop? Is it possible atm?

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  • July 17, 2019 at 9:54 pm
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    I found the chart was quite funny, Dot, Line, X etc but totally necessary. 🙂

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  • July 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Title should be: How to reduce CPU temps on a laptop

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  • July 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    can we get an f in the chat for all ryzen mobile users that cant undervolt

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  • July 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    And more battery thats amazing

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    As an ex hardware engineer, I do not recommend doing this. Thermal grease is one area they do not skimp on during manufacture, the very slight improvement you might get from a excellent thermal compound would be better spent on improving fans or just by moving your laptop to a cooler place. The only exception to this is if you have had the laptop for over 5 years, as the grease does deteriorate.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    There is a good reason the manufacturers chose those voltages, do not be surprised if your laptop crashes on odd occasions when messing with them. reducing voltage raises the noise-floor hence bit-errors. This is akin to someone putting a K&N air filter on their new car thinking it will increase the power).

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    Apparently Jizz makes the best thermal compound, worth a shake.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    I bought my laptop from a vendor that offered a repasting service. I bought the MSI GS65, which is kinda hard to open up as the motherboard is upside down, so I thought this was a pretty good option.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    I never thought undervolt will bring that much better temperature. Thank you man

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  • July 26, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    I undervolted my refrigerator, now it can play Skyrim at 60fps

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  • July 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    I cant run roblox

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  • July 28, 2019 at 6:55 am
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    U are the best! Thanks for sharing this information 😇

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    شكرا من أجل الترجمة العربية 🙂

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    if you are playing games you have to do these. this will eliminate sudden frame rate drops in games. changing thermal paste is more important and have better results.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    Hello,
    I would like to know, with a thermal pad of lower quality can we have a drop of FPS on laptop? because I did somebody change my thermal dough on my GE75 rtx2080 and I lost 20 to 30% of my FPS see more … I tried everything and nothing, I really lost my FPS.

    Games:
    – Shadow tomb raider: before 80 130 FPS, now 60 80FPS
    – Black desert Ultra mode: before 60-75 FPS, Now ..40- 50fps..

    its horrible for me and my Msi GE 75 rtx2080

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  • July 29, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    Try liquid metal

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  • July 29, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    Instructions unclear I ate the thermal paste and now I have become a supercomputer

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  • July 31, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    The settings for XTU do not apply when you reboot – false/outdated info

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  • July 31, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    el titulo esta en español y el video en ingles wtf

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  • August 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    how much under volt will be done in i3 2nd gen 1.80ghs

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  • August 2, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    I've done this to my calculator and now it's optimos prime

    Sorry

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  • August 5, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    stupid man…i will never watch this mother.fuck video

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    I think it's important you mention this is not really for people who run i5 or less which runs cooler than i7

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  • August 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm
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    My cpu is running at 90-100% on idle. What should I do?

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  • August 6, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    Thnx i finally mentioned to decrease temp of my boiling notebook

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  • August 7, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    This was great. It helped my Macbook Pro + BootCamp. Could you consider doing a video on cloning the MacOS and BootCamp to a upgraded SSD (larger size) ? Cheers.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:54 pm
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    Why would I unplug the battery for doing this? It didn't look like you did it

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Why am i still top scared to do it ??

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  • August 9, 2019 at 9:17 am
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    0:49 a little more dicey huh 😃

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  • August 9, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    When u have a ryzen laptop…

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    what is the max undervolt limit for new Acer predator helios 300 (2019) which already comes with -0.125 undervolt?

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Soo what happens if your laptop isn't working anymore just asking it's not like I did something

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    I have a DELL XPS 9370 with a i7-8550u and want to do both but can't install XTU because when I try it says: "Attempted to install on an unsupported platform " I tried throttle stop but was overwhelmed and I don't know which liquid metal to buy, please help.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 5:54 am
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    quality videos, as ususal

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:23 am
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    Why do you always downgrading apple macs

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    Just install debian with xfce! use wine if you must have windows programs, but alot good open source software that is really good!

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Dave. Laptop turned off 🤣🤣🤣

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  • August 13, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    Thanks for the Link i just tested on my cpu 😀

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    it is so funny when you try to use Arabic words, from academic English to formal Arabic. I am Arabic speaker and it sound funny to me. it just my opinion. Do not take it personally please. best channel ever 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

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  • August 16, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    QUICK TIP: (For Me) Paste wasn't available at home so i used Colgate and my GPU works better than before.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    Have anyone tried undervolting with the i7 9750H? If yes, what's the max offset?

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    PS4 player sees title: Nah
    People with high performance pc: Nah
    People with a potato: CLICK

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:10 am
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    I can't install the XTU it says signature missing or something. Throttlestop is the same. any advice?

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    the screws to open the cpu in my laptop are stuck, can't unscrew them they seem too tight and I don't want to ruin the screws even more
    any ideas?

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:28 pm
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    3%

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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:53 pm
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    termal paste is very very important

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  • August 24, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    Can I use XTU on my AMD bassed laptop?

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  • August 26, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    Older laptops like by 1st gen XPS 15 were amazingly easy to remove and do this. Also, there was so much space that you could run a water tube across all things that get hot.

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  • August 27, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    How to download cooling system?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    Hey Dave! Have you tried applying liquid metal (something like conductonaut) on a razer laptop? 😀

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  • August 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    I used that fortnite potion hack to my laptop… it stopped cuz fortnite sux.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    6:06 watch out! Having too much thermal isn't great neither because your CPU can be hotter than it should. I had this problem with a desktop PC, and I fixed it by replacing with a new one.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    Anyone have i5-7300hq???

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  • August 30, 2019 at 6:17 am
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    what about 6820 HK THANKS IN ADVANCE

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  • August 30, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Now i can run battlefield and AAA title games on ultra on my i3 u type processor O_O WOW

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Didn't help, still don't have a laptop

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  • August 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    Nose boogers would do?

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  • September 1, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    I put thermal paste on my

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    JUST PUT N2O INSIDE THE PROCESSOR TO MAKE IT EXHALE MORE HEAT

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  • September 3, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    Why all the negative votes?

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  • September 3, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    +3 fps

    Breathtaking!

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    I'm a total noob regarding this. Should I undervolt my GPU as well? and also how do I add a stress test for the GPU? On this screen 2:50 I only get CPU Stress Test and Memory Stress Test, nothing more.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    put some chug jug shit on it got it

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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    i have a notebook i need 1200 hack to buy new one

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  • September 10, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Is there an AMD version of that programmes?:

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    1:23

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  • September 11, 2019 at 11:20 am
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    i threw my laptop into the ocean and it worked great.

    pros: super cool, ultra quiet, never throttles.

    cons: you might loose some human performance if you have stage fear due the the penguin spectators.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    It doesnt work on i3
    Very very old i3

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    Does xtu always have to be open to keep the undervoltage or does it keep it without being opened?

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  • September 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    Not to mention a cleaned fan throttled up and air holes.

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Put glowing blue goo on your cpu

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  • September 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    Thumbnail looked like a Fortnite Small Shield Potion.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    I once opened my old laptop without looking up the how too and had it's power button socket yanked off of the motherboard …later I had to solder it directly on to the motherboard and I have to it was hell putting it back together later and stupid of me 😂

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  • September 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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    Great video!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Very informative and clear

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  • September 18, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    You people on here making jokes should stop it, some people might not realize when to take you serious, other than the completely outlandish ones, even though you assume they should know. This could result in serious damage to their machine. It is a place and a time for everything and your jokes are not cute or entertaining, just childish and sick

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  • September 20, 2019 at 7:48 am
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    Sokshi

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  • September 20, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    Hi, nice video, very intersting. Did you ever have seen a XPS 9560 wich stuck all the time under 1.88GHz cpu speed? (no throttling, juts allway under 1.88)?
    regards
    ingo

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  • September 22, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    mini shield

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  • September 23, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    hp pavalion x360 i3-6100u
    need help , fast

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  • September 24, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    Please do this for lenovo y50 gaming laptope must people are looking for broo….because this laptope is more heating up….

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  • September 27, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    S u r f a c e b o o k

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  • September 29, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    Ive done both of these in the past, please check out the Acer Predator Helios 300 2018 edition (the one with the 144hz panel) It has some of the worse cooling problems ive ever seen.

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  • September 30, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    Dell XPS 15 9750 here – 11 degrees drop in idle, fans dont come up while surfing, editing simple stuff. Removed some dust clogs as well.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 3:18 am
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    I did the repaste and it was good. Tried undervolting but it always shows “power limit throttling”, any solution for not getting that type of throttling?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    should i stress test my laptop on battery or plugged in? it obviously has different performance

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    Helios 300 2019 comes undervolted by default

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  • October 4, 2019 at 7:57 pm
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    Hah stop the bullshit just dont mess with electric needs of cpu + temp if you dont know advanced things, soon as you reduce voltage you allready do damage to the chip. just friend reminder. 🙂 you even get blue screen, didint even know what stress inside cpu is happening…

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  • October 4, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    " O V E R W A T C H F P S " lol

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  • October 4, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Does anyone know if undervolting via Intel XTU is the same as using power options settings in control panel (control panel -> power options-> change plan settings -> change advanced power settings -> processor power management -> maximum processor state)??

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  • October 5, 2019 at 2:32 am
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    Just change your computer's oil for better performance according to ThioJoe.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 10:52 am
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    i get a 10C difference but when i charge it goes back to the original temp. THats normal right?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    Hi dev i tried to install intel XTU on MSI PS63 8SC. the laptop doesnt allow me to do so. message it gives is " unsupported application" Any guess what is wrong?

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