My laptop is a very flawed product.
Biggest issues being:
- Poor battery life
- Extreme CPU throttling
- Frequent blue-screens
I had found that during heavy CPU workload the machine would throttle down to 0.8GHz. Essentially unusable. One link I noticed was that this happened much easier if the machine was charging. The charger included with the machine boasts fast charging with 150W of power. During searches I saw one reddit comment explaining:
“I swapped out the power brick that came with the Spectre and used a USB-C power adaptor … Now, it doesn’t throttle at all.”
I decided to try and do the same. I picked the Satechi Type-C 75W which would deliver 60W to the laptop, with the remaining 15W available to it’s USB ports for phones etc. I picked up a 2M Nimaso USB-C cable to use with this.
So far my experiences are:
- Much less heat and fan noise when charging laptop
- Charging is noticeably slower
- Can now run tasks such as prime95 or Handbrake for long periods and the CPU will remain above 3GHz
- During combined prime95 and Furmark run the battery does lose charge faster than the charger can top it up. CPU settles in at 2.2-2.4GHz during this workload.
To see if it helped with the blue-screens and lockups during gaming or video editing I also did a full reinstall of Windows. Since doing this I have not had any issues in short testing. I still need to use the machine more and test things like video editing before I am satisfied this issue has been solved.