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The MacBook Pro and the Core i9 Weren’t Meant to Be
What happens you put Intel’s top-of-the-line Core i9 processor in a MacBook Pro? A thermal disaster that doesn’t perform nearly as well as it should. Thermal throttling is a phenomenon well known in the notebook world. It’s especially prevalent in notebooks that try to squeeze very powerful components into a thin and light chassis. What happens is that the components get too hot and throttle back performance to protect themselves. You get less than the performance you paid for because the cooling solution can’t handle the heat.
Apple received widespread criticism across our forum, YouTube, and even the mainstream press for the debacle. On July 24, it released an update to “fix” the MacBook Pro’s thermal performance. It didn’t take long for the results to come in: The Core i9 MacBook Pro still underperforms and isn’t really faster than the far less expensive Core i7 chip in some applications. Certainly not enough to make the i9 chip worth the premium, anyway.
DIY: Water Cooling a Notebook
This is one of the more ambitious mods I’ve seen on the forums over the years. Forum member @Hellsik decided to modify a Dell Precision M6600 mobile workstation with a liquid cooling system. A general list of parts needed for the project:
- Water pump
- Water blocks
- Radiator fins
And, of course, a lot of DIY know-how. The results are still coming in, but the initial measurements speak for themselves: the M6600’s processor and GPU temperatures are lower after the water cooling and stable under load.
PCI-Express 4 and DDR5 RAM Coming Soon?
Member @M17XR42012 posed the question as to when the truly next-generation technologies will come out, namely PCI-Express version 4.0 and the DDR5 standard for memory. It looks like it won’t be for several years at the minimum, so don’t wait around. If past indications are of any value, the changes will likely be incremental at best.
Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Testing
Yes, we speak Linux. The latest version of Linux Mint has been released and is now available for download. Initial installs by our forum members show it boots just fine, although driver installs aren’t immediate. If you’re looking to upgrade from an older version of Linux Mint, that’s covered here courtesy of @jclausius.
Only 2GB out of 6GB of RAM Usable?
That’s what can happen when you install more than 4GB of memory (RAM) on a computer running a 32-bit operating system. @Mainul found this out by installing 6GB of RAM in an HP notebook running Windows 8.1 32-bit. The solution is to upgrade the computer to a 64-bit operating system. That of course means you need to have a 64-bit CPU, which should be the case with most Windows PCs made within the last several years. (Be careful if you have a budget Intel chip like an Atom or a Celeron, though.)
Fixing Blurry Font in Windows 10
High-resolution displays can necessitate the use of text scaling to make fonts readable. The problem is that apps don’t have to conform to the system-wide scaling setting in Windows 10, meaning some of them can appear blurry if you increase the scaling in the operating system itself. Windows 10 didn’t have a native solution to this until recently.