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I use this fan for my Surface Pro (2017). Plug it in, flex it so air blows into the small vent just above the USB port. Helps reduce throttling but takes up the USB port.
ARCTIC Breeze Mobile - Mini USB Desktop Fan with Flexible Neck I Portable Desk Fan for Home, Office I Silent USB Fan I Fan Speed 1700 RPM - White [link]
Maybe a small usb fan would be better? I bet that heat sink does more harm then good.
Edit, something like this [link]
Actually I'm not sure about XTU hence the question mark in the post above. Perhaps use ThrottleStop in combination with XTU.
Also consider getting a little USB fan-on-a-stick to blow at the rear - its surprising how much it can help!
Hi, this won't help battery life but a simple $10 USB gooseneck fan to provide better air circulation on the back panel can relieve some of the thermal CPU/GPU throttling. Its not a magic cure. We were considering including one of these in our ergonomic VESA mounting solutions but there hasn't been too much interest. [link]
Regading battery life, disabling the Intel Turbo mode helps a little. Modify this regkey:
Then set the maximum processor state in the advanced power profile to 99% as follows:
This prevents the CPU from going into the inefficient turbo mode with a negligible decrease in overall system performance.
I've been there...except the fan screw part. you may have to drill it out and replace it locally or eBAy. But first if it's not too stripped, a rubberband on the screw head sometimes gives traction to your driver? One of these fans externally with some laptop stand or coolfeet helped with those machines. Streaming video got them really hot. Change browsers often, and delete / re-install browser?
I'd say put a heat sink on, although in that temperature I'm sure it won't do much. Making backups is a great idea. If all else fails, plug one of these in the USB port and aim it at the Pi: [link]
Bloating occurs mainly due to heat. If you touch your devices are they warm? I know some people use USB fans (Linked one I have seen posted below). To my knowledge none of these devices will allow you to run without a battery. When a battery bloats it is a warning that things are going wrong.
If you continue to ignore the battery bloating you are going to have an issue. Batteries bloat because gases are released and the battery contained them (In return it bloats). Eventually that protection may fail.
Please do, my solution to the heat throttling has always been an external fan, with that I am able to achieve pretty close to maximum performance. Though undervolting would mean I wouldn't have to carry around a usb dock and fan for gaming away from home...
I know it may look silly, but I've read a few people suggest using a USB powered fan like this and pointing it at the back of the SP3 where it gets hottest:
I got one of these [link] to help with the heating. I have one for my docking station and one I keep in my backpack for when I'm on the go.
Fucking bullshit though, I shouldn't need to use those just to have a usable device. But I push my device through photoshop and heavy image editing, so it's bound to get a little toasty.
For gaming, you should try lowering the resolution. It helps a lot. Also, if you're considering a USB fan, I have this one and highly recommend it.
It's decently quiet, it helps, and it's very affordable. If you want, you could shell out a few more dollars and get one with a base, that could come in handy.
For the audio de-sync, I have the exact same issue on SP3!! I have no idea what causes it. It's very frustrating!
No idea what that windows credentials is. Never seen it.
Unrelated note: How'd you get OBS to record/stream the screen properly? Whenever I try to use it, OBS only shows the upper left corner of the screen, no mater what settings I fiddle with.
I have a SP3.
I have the dock and plug two screens in, One via the mini-Display Port on the dock, and the other from the mini-Display Port from the side of the surface. They both work great, with or without the Surface display.
You might want to get a USB cooling fan if you want full screen videos to play without frame drop.
SP3 "mod" Buy a gooseneck USB fan. Plug it into the USB port and point it at the hot-spot on the back of the tablet where the proc is.
The ARCTIC Breeze here is my favorite out of a few I tried:
I hope you figured things out. I thought of one more thing. Are you using a case?
And another option, not the best I admit, is using an external fan like this [link]
I have it and it is quieter than the internal fan. It is also a bit fiddly to sit right. But it does help a lot, as it pushes a lot of air.
One last thought is maybe it is a hardware problem. You could try to show someone at the store this issue and see if you can swap it. It may not be hardware though...
I agree with mlbobs first two points, second two points are up to you. If you are gaming, you might want to get this. [link]
Point it at the top right of the back of the SP4, or top left if you are looking at the back.
I wouldn't bother with a screen protector if you use the type cover. But to answer your question, the pen will work fine with it. The pen resistance or feel will be different and the touch feel will be different, and the reflections from the screen will be different.
Have you thought about back ups? External monitor? Adaptor to use TV? Bigger speakers, headphones?
Edit: nvm you answered my question lol
I also saw someone on another forum mention this [link]
Though out of the 2 I'm guessing the iPettie would be a better choice.
1 - there isnt going to be much difference in performance between the pro 3 and 4 i reckon but im sat here on the i7 version also you can use windows 8.1 till next July so you have plenty of time for windows 10 to be made decent for us portable people.
2 - When i was looking at buy my surface i went into store and had a look at both the normal and pro and used them both for about 10 minutes and i preferred the pro with it having the bigger screen so when hand writing notes there is more screen space. Also the pro has a higher resolution screen. But if you don't mind the smaller screen and a less powerful processor then the surface 3 is good.
3 - when i carry mine around as a tablet i have the stand open to get a better grip on the device although the surface is a bit heavy than an ipad or a samsung tab you are getting far more performance.
4 - the surface pro 3 will be able to do everything your macbook can do, the only downside is when it gets hot it will throttle so i have this fan [link] which you can just plug in and aim it at the surface.
I'm fond of small USB fans. I attach them to a USB battery and toss it in a wall pocket of the tent. You could probably mount it in the ceiling region with a gear sling of some fashion.
I have standardized most of my power needs on USB -- I use a GoalZero Luna Light stick for my tent light.
This is the fan I use on hot summer trips (sorry ultra-lighters, I like a few luxuries): [link]
For gaming the I7 comes with the HD5000 vs the HD4400 on the i5 version. For the games you have listed the HD5000 will work for you at very acceptable levels(720p/low/medium and 30fps+ for skyrim). The HD5000 has twice the execution units as the 4400 which is a significant difference. There is absolutely no reason one should get the SP2 over the i7 SP3. Buy this [link]
and run your games with no throttling. Simply plug it in when you need to game and take it out when doing school work/ using it in tablet form. I mainly play street fighter on mine and without the fan it would throttle into the 40s...with the fan running its a very consistent 60fps.
Just remember the HD5000 is basically designed with the intention of allowing users to play things like CSGO, Dota, skyrim, minecraft, hearthstone and every indie game known to man with very comfortable graphics settings and frame rates. Do not buy it expecting to get games like GTA to run at anywhere near acceptable levels. If you even want games like GTA to run properly on lowish settings your only option is a real laptop. No tablet/laptop hybrid is powerful enough currently...
Good question- I find most games push my i7 sp3 to around 65 or so degrees. You should be sweet for playing on the plane, the fan will likely be on and audible but not too bad.
Side note: perhaps not appropriate for a plane right but I would consider getting one of these:
Get one of these: [link]
Plug it into the usb socket in the back and face it toward the front/top where all the heat gathers, essentially turning the front/top into a heat sink.
Yeah not really, if you want an actual little fan check This out, but as a gadget it's quite cool. Be carefull around it, it lasted me a month :)
Basically SP3 heats up no matter what you do :D Especially while charging. Don't worry, it won't melt, the worst thing that can happen is CPU throttling (basically the worst thing that can happen while gaming :D). A little USB fan can do wonders tho, like this one.
This subreddit is highly fond of the arctic breeze:
It actually does pretty well. I can be programming/running code/running matlab and it'll hover around 45 - 50, maybe 60 if I go at it. It's just not covered though so if it hits your surface, it will leave a scratch. its a possibility if you use an external usb hub and move the surface around
I remember reading somewhere that the outside temperature affects the SP3 negatively, I'll try and find it tomorrow if I get a chance.
The surface starts the fan/throttles at around 70°C. Was this in chrome? Does the temperature rise the same in IE/FF?
You could also consider buying a small USB fan and point it at the top right corner of the device, it'll help it stay cool. Something like this
I figured, lets say you want to play civilization or xcom..or something a bit more demanding..to be able to max out performance plus using this [link] would make it decent experience with less throttling
Check out Artic Breeze Mobile USB powered fan on ebay.com.au, can't open the full page since I'm not in AUS tho. 18$AU
Here is an amazon link of the same fan.
Might be able to find cheaper, but it's the cheapest I found in stores around here in Switzerland.
If there is a USB port on the switch, get this.
These fans are amazing. 1 of them keep my network equipment cool. Works like a champ.
Not a dead-on answer but, maybe something like this? It would certainly look better
I picked one of these up off Amazon - it’s cheap, light, gets the job done, and runs off an external battery which I usually carry with me on trips.
A fan-on-a-stick aimed at the rear works OK:
Hi, You can install the Intel XTU tuning utility and change how much power is allowed to be sent to the GPU. Doing this per app on Intel integrated GPU is not something that is readily available in any off-the-shelf tools that I know of. This might have to be baked into the game or underlying game engine (Unity, UE, CryE, etc.) itself.
One thing to try is pointing a little USB-fan at the back of the SP4 where it gets hot - it is surprisingly effective at preventing throttling during gaming and reducing overall noise because the high-pitched internal fan will run slower.
If practical, plug it into the Surface power supply rather than directly into the Surface so you are not putting additional electrical load directly on the Surface.
I use this fan [link]
My usb tester shows it pulling between 0.20amps
if heat is the issue, then [link] get this and blow it on the back of your surface as a temp work around?
downvolt for less throttling?
use the badass usb direct cooler for lower temps and more turbo!
$8, not $7, my bad. Still great though.
One of these USB powered fans might do the trick.
Here's what I did (sounds super weird but it works) I bought an on-the-go phone charger 3000 MAH < along with a 6 port USB hub and 6 USB fans that can be stood up on their own. Works like a charm and the fans are surprisingly powerful and last about day and I plug the battery in to charge overnight. Products used:
Battery pack: [link]
USB Hub: [link]
Thanks OP. I'm currently using the arctic breeze one.
Top tip - with some careful dremeling you can cut out the corner of the strap attachment so you can re-fit the headset band with the fan still attached.
See -> [link]
there's a bunch of videos on youtube and most of them recommend this fan:
hope this helps!
I saw one Reddit user use this to fix the throttling problem:
I personally own one to cool myself. Pretty nice. Not so effective on my SP3 because I use a case.
[link] and the Surface sits in the dock most of the time.
I'm using the Surface Pro 3 docking station. The scene that's being played on the monitor is actually Call of Duty: World at War, which runs fairly well if you use an external fan ([link]). The rest of my setup consists of my Corsair K70 RGB backlit mechanical gaming keyboard, my Logitech G602 gaming mouse, and my 1080p Asus monitor. The end of the "So Far" would be buying an external hard drive for Steam games, a big mouse pad ([link]), and a new speaker, as I'm currently using the Surface's built in speakers, which aren't enough for gaming.
Use a fan like this one to cool off the machine and prevent thermal throttling: [link]
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Get one of these fans and you'll be able to squeeze so much more juice out of it
This works wonders at keeping my SP3 cool while gaming, and its much easier to aim at the back of the SP thanks to the moveable neck.
Might want to invest on the almighty breeze.
I have an i5 but the i7 also has throttling. Here's a video showing the throttling while gaming. He eliminates throttling completely by buying this small USB powered fan.
Yes it is a huge issue. Your CPU and GPU will be throttled heavily if you don't use a USB fan.
i5 256 GB will be fine for what you are doing. If you are gonna play more intensive 3D games than the i7's iGPU would give you significantly more frames (not counting thermal throttling). You might want to get this external USB fan if throttling becomes an issue, but you won't have those issues since those games aren't that intensive.
Been covered a lot. Buy the Arctic USB fan and point it toward the air outlet in the SP3. Makes a world of difference.