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How to use ThrottleStop to check CPU performance

The laptops available today pack a lot of performance under the thin chassis, some of which even manage to take advantage of some high-end desktops in terms of pure power. However, it does have a temperature cost. If you own a laptop and use it for highly intensive activities like rendering and gaming, you've probably already faced these temperature problems. Most of this heat comes from the CPU and this is certainly not a good sign, because it reduces the longevity of the CPU, which in turn reduces the longevity of the laptop. In addition to this, at high temperatures, these processors do not have the maximum potential due to Intel's thermal limitation limit. So how can we get around these problems, you might ask? Well, this is exactly what we will discuss today and use third party software called ThrottleStop. So, without further ado, let's take a look at how to use ThrottleStop to check CPU performance:

Download ThrottleStop

Developed by Unclewebb, ThrottleStop is a third-party software widely used by people to monitor and solve CPU thermal limitation problems. Originally released in 2010, the software has improved a lot in the past 7 years. The latest version of ThrottleStop 8.48, which you can download from here. Extract the downloaded zip file and click on the ThrottleStop application to start it.

Check the CPU temperature with ThrottleStop

Well, the main reason someone should install ThrottleStop to keep CPU temperatures under control, because exactly what excels in this software. So almost all Intel Core processors available today support Turbo Boost technology. With the help of Turbo Boost, the CPU increases the clock speed from the base operating frequency, when the operating system requires the processor's higher performance status. This is not necessarily a good thing, because the higher the clock speed, the higher the temperature. So if you can't wait to keep the temperatures low, Turbo Boost is one of the worst nightmares.

Now that ThrottleStop here, you don't have to worry about it anymore. You can completely disable Intel Turbo Boost technology by selecting the "Disable Turbo" option . Once done, the CPU will remain at its reserve frequency and will never go higher unless it is enabled again. If you want to confirm this, you can check the FID column on the right side of the ThrottleStop application window.

For example, you can take a look at my CPU. I have an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with a base frequency of 2.8 GHz and capable of increasing the turbo up to 3.8 GHz. As you can see from the screenshot above, once the Disable Turbo option has been selected, the CPU frequency remained at around 2.8 GHz. By disabling Turbo Boost, the maximum CPU temperature will drop by at least 5 – 10 degrees Celsius .

Check CPU performance with ThrottleStop

Not everyone might be interested in keeping the CPU temperatures lower. Some people may not want CPU performance to be affected due to these high temperatures. So if you are one of them, you must disable "BD PROCHOT" unchecking the box. It basically stands for a hot two-way processor. This may sound complicated, but we'll let you know what it is.

The CPU is not the only component of your laptop that generates all the heat. The graphics chip inside your laptop generates a good amount of heat, especially during long gaming sessions. This essentially increases the overall temperature of your laptop. As a result, the CPU temperature also rises.

Intel introduced this BD PROCHOT feature, so that if another component such as your very hot graphics chip would be able to send a PROCHOT signal directly to the CPU and force it to cool down through the limitation. As a result, the entire laptop cools down. By disabling BD PROCHOT, the your CPU will continue to run at full speed, even if the temperatures of the other components of your system are quite hot.

CPU overclocking using ThrottleStop

Note: before proceeding with this, you need to realize that CPU overclocking will only work on unlocked K series processors, such as Intel 7820HK, 6820HK and so on. If you have something else, this step is not for you and you can skip this section.

If you think you have enough temperature margin and you have an unlocked processor, you can try to overclock the processor and push it to the limits, if you wish. However, if the CPU temperature is already high at stock speeds, we strongly recommend that you avoid overclocking. ThrottleStop allows you to easily overclock your processor in seconds. To do it is enough to increase the "Set Multiplier" in based on your preferences.

The multiplier set might seem complicated at first, but easy enough to understand. All currently available Intel Core CPUs have a base clock of 100 MHz regardless of the multiplier. Suppose you have an i7 7820HK CPU with a base frequency of 2.9 GHz and a boost frequency of 3.9 GHz, you can overclock it to 4 GHz by setting the multiplier to 40, which essentially means base clock 40 x 100 MHz = 4 GHz . Once finished, the FID column on the right side of the application window will show 40.xx, if it actually worked. Unfortunately, the processor that I have an i7-7700HQ, which cannot be overclocked, so the software won't allow me to overclock at all.

CPU Underclocking with ThrottleStop

Unlike the overclocking procedure limited to unlocked K-series processors, any Intel processor can be subjected to an underclock or downclock cycle using ThrottleStop. People who prefer to do this usually want to prevent the CPU from running too hot in order to improve its longevity. The procedure for doing this is virtually identical to overclocking, except that you do reduces the " Multiplier set "in based on your preferences.

Make sure to enable "SpeedStep" by selecting the box. If disabled, it will not be possible to downlock the CPU. For example, take my i7-7700HQ, its base frequency 2.8 GHz. So if I want to underclock to 2.1 GHz, I will only have to reduce the Set Multiplier to 21. Once done, you will be able to notice the slow clock speed in the application's FID column, as shown in the screenshot above. Even if the downlocking of your CPU improves the temperature by a large margin, the overall performance of your laptop will also be affected, because the CPU is not operating at its maximum potential.

SEE ALSO: How to overclock the GPU for better gaming performance

Avoid thermal limitation problems with ThrottleStop

Depending on the problems you are facing, you can completely control the performance of your CPU and keep temperatures under control with the elegant ThrottleStop software. The process is quite simple and if you know what you are doing, ThrottleStop is something you need to use every day. So what are your thoughts on this fantastic software? Can it finally solve most of the problems that laptop users are facing? Let us know in the comments section below.