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This forum spotlight discusses the new mobile Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000, removing GPU thermal limits, cleaning dirty notebooks, and Windows 10 sound tweaks.
Will the RTX 2080 Ti Come to Notebooks?
The answer is sort of; Nvidia has released a mobile version of its Quadro RTX 6000 GPU, which is based on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. It can be found in the Asus ProArt StudioBook One with a whopping 24GB of dedicated memory. The notebook also features a 15.6-inch 4K display, an Intel Core i9-9980HK eight-core processor, 32GB of memory, and a 1TB SSD.
Despite all that power, the notebook is less than an inch thin and weighs 6.4 pounds. There’s no word yet on what the GPU’s clocks are relative to the desktop card, or whether it even has the same number of CUDA, ray tracing, and Tensor cores.
The ProArt StudioBook One isn’t for sale just yet. I’d be surprised if it retailed for south of $3,999.
Update: Here’s our Owner’s Lounge thread for it.
Removing GPU Thermal Limits
This sounds like a bad idea on the surface; if the dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU) has a thermal limit, isn’t it there for a reason? The answer is yes, but the limit is set as far down as 73 or 75 degrees C in some notebooks when GPUs are generally good into the upper 80 degree C range. A tool from Asus called GPUTweak II allows you to change the settings in the GPU to increase the thermal limit up to 87 degrees C.
Increasing the thermal limit carries risks (for which you take complete responsibility), and your laptop may run warmer, but it should perform better. The test will be whether the cooling system can keep the GPU temperature consistently under the thermal limit; if not, it will hit the thermal limit and throttle again.
Cleaning a Dirty Notebook
A notebook computer can become an eyesore if it’s not cleaned from time to time. A forum member asked about the best ways to go about doing that. These are the top tips from those that replied:
- Use a microfiber towel and high-concentration isopropyl alcohol (found in drug stores and supermarkets) to clean the exterior of the notebook.
- To clean the screen, use a microfiber towel, dampened with tap water. Don’t press on the screen while you’re wiping it.
- Use canned air to clean the keyboard area and ports. It’s generally not a good idea to blow canned air into the notebook’s cooling fans without stopping the fans from turning, as the brushless motors inside them can get damaged.
- Cotton swabs are useful for getting into smaller gaps, especially if dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
Naturally, you’ll want to unplug the notebook when you’re cleaning it. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a notebook with a removeable battery, take it out.
Disabling the Windows 10 Volume Sound
If you’re like me, you’re usually adjusting your volume while listening to something. Windows 10, by default, plays a sound whenever you adjust your volume. Fortunately, Microsoft provides a way to disable the sound via the Control Panel app in Windows 10. See the guide courtesy of member @Ultra Male.
Stay tuned next week for another forum spotlight!