Ever notice your laptop dramatically slow down during intense tasks? This is likely due to a mechanism called thermal throttling that purposefully slows the CPU when it overheats.
Common causes are dust clogged vents, running demanding programs, poor internal airflow that can't cool components effectively.
Throttling kicks in when the CPU hits around 100°C to protect it from heat damage. The clock speed drops to reduce temperature.
The CPU slows way down, which reduces its heat output but also significantly impacts speed and workflow.
Yes, it's an intended safety mechanism to protect laptop components from excessive heat buildup and potential failure.
Clean intake vents, improve airflow, use a cooling pad, and avoid blocking vents to help keep temps in check.
Consider upgrading to a laptop with better thermals if throttling is frequent and bothersome.
Frequent thermal throttling alerts you that your laptop is in need of a tune up and better ventilation to maintain speed.
With awareness and some preventive care, you can game, edit videos and more without slowdowns from thermal constraints.