Introduction to Testing
Computer processors generate heat which can increase temperatures, and when running intensive applications that heat can cause throttling and limit performance. Supplemental cooling can only increase performance under throttling conditions, however, the computer uses throttling to reduce temperatures and reduce heat damage. That means supplemental cooling that effectively improves cooling will allow the computer to run with reduced throttling and increased performance, but that also means that temperatures could be higher because of the higher processor power. In short, less throttling means faster and hotter. So if throttling occurs, then it is challenging to simultaneously test temperatures. Conversely, if throttling is not occurring, then it is impossible to test performance. For this reason, each test is conducted to analyze either temperatures or performance, and not both.
To test supplemental cooling and to accurately measure its influence on temperatures and performance, SVALT tests under strictly controlled variables so that SVALT supplemental cooling is the only variable influencing the results. Each test session includes two tests, one with the SVALT supplemental cooling device and another without as the control. Conditions are as close to identical as possible for both tests (ambient air temperature, physical placement, non-thermally conductive insulated base, starting laptop temperatures, internal fan speeds, eliminated non-test background activities, and single applied testing workload) and results are based on direct sensor data logs (component temperatures, processor power and speed, etc). To learn more about throttling and our testing process see: