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Undervolting on Intel Laptops in 2020: this is what you need to know! | XMG Support

Undervolting is still worthwhile and has the potential to lower your system temperatures. Especially in CPU-intensive applications the differences are obvious. However, with Intel Comet Lake the situation has shifted and you have to start all over again. Once again a reminder: Don’t get right to the top when undervolting, as this will most likely cause your system to stop booting. Approach your ideal level in small steps.

Survey #1: Undervolting Community Feedback

This survey is not specifically related to Comet Lake but can be filled out by anyone, no matter if XMG/SCHENKER owner or not and no matter if they have own experience with undervolting. With this survey we want to find out how broad the experience with Undervolting really is in the community and how your experience (if any) differs between Undervolting via software tools and Undervolting via BIOS.

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Thank you very much for your participation!


Survey #2: Comet Lake Undervolting Report

The second survey is only for owners of Intel Comet Lake CPUs – whether with XMG or SCHENKER, desktop PC or with products from other manufacturers – the main thing is that it contains an Intel Comet Lake CPU. This will be a longer field study to find out where the sweet spots and stability grey zones of Comet Lake are. So this is where swarm intelligence comes in.

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Please complete this survey only if you have experience with Undervolting on Comet Lake. If you are a new owner, waiting for your equipment, or planning to purchase it, please wait to fill out this survey.

Collated results of both surveys will be published as soon as there are at least 100 answers each. Thank you for your participation!


Preview: what’s next?

If you find this kind of content interesting, please let us know in the comments. We might continue next to time dig into two more aspects of this topic:

Undervolting on AMD APUs.

Spoiler Alert: it does not compare to Intel. The API is not easy to use and has little to no official support on mobile platforms. But there still might be some potential here – we will see.

Undervolting on NVIDIA dedicated graphics.

Currently only possible with 3rd party software and it’s not as easy as settings a slider. There are plenty of tutorials about this on Youtube already. Potential benefits are not as widely documented as they are on Intel’s CPU platform and – unlike CPU Undervolting – they are (naturally) limited to high-load scenarios and other dGPU use-cases. Still, due to the high power consumption of dGPUs, this topic might have some untapped potential as well.

We are looking forward to your feedback!





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About the author

Tom Fichtner

Tom Fichtner works for XMG Support and has dedicated his life to everything you can carry around with you, especially notebooks.