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scavok47
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X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

Hello all!  I'm new to the Lenovo community.  I received my first ever ThinkPad X1 Extreme last week.  So far, I'm really enjoying it.  I've been running stress tests and find that the temperature runs at a high of 98c and the system does thermal throttle.  I've started to tinker with the undervolting and the so far I'm at -0.120v.  The system will still run at about 94c and throttles.  I haven't tried to adjust any lower then that.  I plan on opening the case and inspecting the factory paste.  My plan was to remove the paste and replace it with the graphite thermal pad.  I was hoping that by dropping to -0.120v that I would have noticed a better than 4c drop.  

 

Has anybody else tried undervolting and/or adjusting other settings to keep the CPU a touch cooler?

 

Thank you! 

vegan-fanatic
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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

98C is definitely a tad warm. I like Arctic MX-4 for thermal interface material.

 

http://www.hardcoregames.biz/thermal-interface-material/

 

I recommend using a minimal amount and wipe it with a credit car as TIM is only meant to fill voids when are sub micron in size

 

Some factories use way too much TIM and they wonder why the hardware runs hot

 

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
scavok47
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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue


@vegan-fanatic wrote:

98C is definitely a tad warm. I like Arctic MX-4 for thermal interface material.

 

http://www.hardcoregames.biz/thermal-interface-material/

 

I recommend using a minimal amount and wipe it with a credit car as TIM is only meant to fill voids when are sub micron in size

 

Some factories use way too much TIM and they wonder why the hardware runs hot

 

 


Thank you for the reply.  I will experiment with the graphite pad and if I feel there isn't an improvement,  I've got Arctic MX-4 on order.  Have you tried undervolting at all with yours? 

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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

I use my machines at stock speeds

 

 

I have not had to do much repair as the machines are keep clean

 

I do upgrade storage a lot

 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
scavok47
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@vegan-fanatic wrote:

I use my machines at stock speeds

 

 

I have not had to do much repair as the machines are keep clean

 

I do upgrade storage a lot

 


I'm not looking for overclocking or anything like that.  Just looking to aid in cooling.  I use a a nice 3 fan pad whenever I use the X1.  However for the stress test purposes, I didnt want skewed numbers.  Could having my external monitor plugged in along with other usb devices cause a higher than normal reading?

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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

A USB device can draw some power, depending on if its a flash stick or a hard disk etc

 

An external display should have no effect aside maybe loading the CPU and GPU with a workload if its higher resolution than the intrinsic display

 

If you are using a 4K display it will defintely load the CPU

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
scavok47
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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

So I did a couple tests.  I did one with and without the laptop plugged in.  I'm not 100% sure which way testing is correct.  However, when the laptop is plugged in, the CPU gets very hot.  At idle it's super cool.  Unplugged it stays nice and cool and even when under the stress test.  When unplugged, max core is low, is this normal too?

 

Any ideas?  Am I worrying for nothing?

 

20181108_214927.jpgUnplugged stress test

 

20181108_214834.jpgUnplugged idle

 

20181108_214736.jpgPlugged stress test

 

20181108_214636.jpgUnplugged idle

 

 

 

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vegan-fanatic
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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

do you have the lenovo power manager installed 

I own: T400 T500 X220 X230 all running Windows 10 Professional
scavok47
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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

If you're referring to Lenovo Vantage, yes.  I dont have Lenovo Power Manager.  I just checked on Lenovos site and that's not supported.  Are they the same?

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Re: X1 Extreme - Heat Issue

use windows 8 drivers if needed

 

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