I mentioned in yesterday's chill mat roundup that my current notebook is running a tad on the warm side. Using a chill mat consistently has definitely helped, but I've also seen an improvement after updating the BIOS
Picture by Uwe Hermann
While I'm pretty strict about software updates on my PC, hardware is another story. I hadn't contemplated updating the BIOS until a utility on my PC noted that a new version was available. That's the first time I've seen it in 18 months; whether that's due to a slow update cycle or because the utility is iffy at offering information is anyone's guess really. However, after installing it, I have noticed a definite improvement in the PC's performance, and a lowering of the system temperature (albeit not to the point where I can abandon the chill mats).
It's an obvious step when you think of it, but the kind of thing that doesn't always occur to those of us who aren't permanently in overlocker/CPU/BIOS patch mode. Depending on your PC or notebook model, you may have a utility on board that can check for if there's a new BIOS available; if not, noting the details during boot-up and some quick Google action will establish if you have any upgrade options.