The ASUS X59GL has a heat issue.
The ASUS X59GL cpu and gpu are on the same heatpipe.
When both are under pressure, the cpu overheats and the laptop shuts down.
It took me a while to find that out.
This ASUS X59GL comes pre-configured with an Intel Pentium T3200 Dual Core @ 2GHz, 3GB RAM, 250GB HDD and a DVD-Burner. Shipped with Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit.
Windows Vista is dead. So I decided to opt for Windows 7.
I went for Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
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 were possible. The PGA478 socket allowed any Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad.
I looked for several things: a similar cpu, with the same TDP, and a reasonable price.
After plugging the cpu in the socket, adding heat paste, hitting power, the laptop did… not boot.
After plugging in the old cpu, making a BIOS update from version 208 to version 222 the new cpu was recognized.
RAM upgrade from 3GB RAM from different brands to 2*2GB RAM of the same brand.
- x hrs Research
- 8 hrs Windows installation
- 1 hrs BIOS update
- 1 hrs CPU installation and test
- 1 hrs RAM installation and test
13€ Parts + ?€ Work hours = 13€ Total
Fixing the heat issue
Install and configure ThrottleStop
Download ThrottleStop and extract it to “C:\Program Files (x86)\ThrottleStop”.
Download ThrottleStop.ini and put it into “C:\Program Files (x86)\ThrottleStop”.
This will configure ThrottleStop to:
“Set Multiplier” to “7.5”. Check “SLFM”. Uncheck “Disable Turbo”. Check “C States”.
After that the maximum clock changed from 2.5GHz to 2.0 GHz.
It also let ThrottleStop start minimized with no tray icon.
Configure Task Scheduler
Open Task Scheduler and import “ThrottleStop.xml”.
This let ThrottleStop start on boot.
This ASUS X59GL has now an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 @ 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD.
The combination of the more efficient processor, with a different multiplier fixes the heat issue.
This with the dual channel RAM give it a bit of “oomph”.
Windows 7 works very well on it.
Web browsing, watching Youtube videos works fine. Older games should work too.
It had become a working horse. An old but solid working horse.
I want a tool that only changes the max multiplier. When I find that, I will use that.