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Laptop Throttling

  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock air flow MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display workstation
  • SVALT D2 Cooling Dock cooling airflow with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina
  • SVALT D2 Cooling Dock cooling airflow with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina
  • SVALT D2 Cooling Dock cooling airflow with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina
  • SVALT D2 Cooling Dock cooling airflow with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina
  • SVALT D2 Cooling Dock cooling airflow with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina

Turbo Charge Your Laptop’s Cooling System

When it comes to using your laptop, heat generation and increased performance are in a cyclical relationship that feed off of one another. Processors generate heat that can lead to throttling, which in turn slows performance. This is the basic problem all laptop users face, the more you want to do with your laptop, the harder it works, and the hotter and slower it gets.

The SVALT Cooling Dock uses an innovative triple patented design to transform your laptop into a desktop and regain maximum performance without requiring any laptop modification. To help you understand how the SVALT Cooling Dock improves performance, we’ve broken down the fundamentals of computer heat management and the role cooling plays in computer performance.

Processor = Power
Processors are the heart of a computer, responsible for the computer’s overall performance potential. Processors include multiple cores with two rated speeds, the base speed and the Turbo Boost speed. Intel multicore processors use Turbo Boost to automatically increase processor speeds under certain conditions, such as when lower temperatures allow for adequate thermal headroom.

Power = Heat
In addition to being responsible for the majority of a computer’s performance, processors are also responsible for creating the majority of heat. Processors are basically tiny heaters that generate an incredible amount of heat when running at higher power. Adding additional processor cores and running the processors at higher speeds will create the potential for more power, but more powerful processors will also increase the potential for more heat. Increasing the intensity and duration of work will also generate more heat.

Heat = Throttling
If heat is not removed from the processor, then temperatures will rise to the point of causing hardware damage and processor failure. Now processor failure should not happen in a properly operating computer because the computer will automatically throttle processor speeds, and this in turn will reduce temperatures and prevent processor failure. Throttling is a basic processor function and can occur when the processor is running above baseline speed at Turbo Boost speeds, but it can also occur when running multiple threads at baseline speeds.

Throttling = Slow
While throttling is preferable to frying your computer, the downside of throttling is that the processor is unable to achieve maximum speeds, which means slower performance. To help prevent the processor from constantly having to throttle speeds and to ensure basic computer operation, most computers include an air cooling system for heat management. However, mobility requires a more compact and size restricted form factor, which means that most laptop cooling systems do not have adequate cooling capacity to avoid throttling. For instance, processors are often placed in close proximity to other heat sensitive components, resulting in heat bleed out to surrounding components. Tight construction leaves little room for open air space and restricts cooling airflow, which is especially problematic for air cooled systems. Close proximity of components combined with minimal open space makes it hard to remove heat once it has accumulated in the system. Laptops also use smaller heat sinks, heat pipes, heat radiators, cooling fans, and other cooling system components. All combined, this reduces the laptop’s total cooling capacity and means that laptops are often unable to avoid processor throttling, and therefore have slower performance.

More Cooling = More Performance
Laptop performance is fundamentally limited by the laptop’s ability to remove heat, and because laptops typically have less powerful cooling systems, then supplemental cooling is often required to reduce or eliminate throttling and regain maximum performance.

SVALT = Cool By Design
After extensive research, testing and design, the SVALT Cooling Dock uses an innovative triple patented design in which every dimension and every angle has been specifically tailored to increase cooling capacity, reduce processor throttling and regain as much performance as possible without requiring any laptop modifications. For an in-depth look into how the SVALT Cooling Dock was designed to deliver the best cooling performance possible, see SVALT’s Innovative By Design page, and for performance testing, see  Performance By Design page.

Wikipedia Links
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