The ASUS X59GL comes pre-configured with an Intel Pentium T3200 Dual Core @ 2.0 GHz, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD and a DVD-Burner. Shipped with Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit.
The ASUS X59GL has a heat issue. The cpu and gpu are on the same heatpipe. When the cpu and gpu are under heavy stress, the cpu overheats and the laptop randomly shuts down.
It took me a while to find that out.
How do I fixed that?
One part in hardware, one part in software:
- Hardware: upgrading the processor to a more efficient processor
- Software: fixing the maximum clock speed to 2.0 GHz
Hardware: upgrading the processor to a more efficient processor
The Intel Pentium T3200 is one of the worse cpus. It has no SpeedStep, and an L3 cache of 1MB. Both leads to a mediocre performance.
I checked what CPU upgrade paths were possible. I looked for several things: a similar cpu, with the same TDP, and a reasonable price.
The PGA478 socket allowed for an Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad.
I decided to upgrade the processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400.
After plugging the cpu in the socket, adding heat paste, hitting power, the laptop did nothing.
So update the BIOS before you upgrade the CPU!
Software: fixing the maximum clock speed to 2.0 GHz
Fixing the clock speed is done by ThrottleStop.
Install and configure ThrottleStop
Download ThrottleStop and extract it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\ThrottleStop”.
Either manually configure ThrottleStop to:
- “Multiplier” “7.5”
- “SLFM” checked
- “Disable Turbo” unchecked
- “C States” checked
Or download ThrottleStop.ini and put it into “C:\Program Files (x86)\ThrottleStop”.
After that, the maximum clock speed changed from 2.5 GHz to 2.0 GHz.
Configure Task Scheduler
To let ThrottleStop start on boot, download ThrottleStop.xml and open the Task Scheduler and import “ThrottleStop.xml”.
The combination of the more efficient processor with a different multiplier resulted in a lower TDP.
The heat issue is gone, and the laptop runs stable now. And so should yours now.