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  1. melvintwj's Avatar
    I did a search and couldn't find anything. I am aware that the Surface Pro 3 has (had?) heating/fan issues and the device would get pretty hot. I remember it affecting more of the i7 models. Microsoft promised a fix.

    Now I am wondering, has Microsoft fixed the issue? I am intending to get a Surface Pro 3 soon so I want to get this sorted out. Thanks.
    Last edited by melvintwj; 12-24-2014 at 11:12 AM.
    12-24-2014 10:47 AM
  2. several potatos's Avatar
    That was an issue with a few from one batch, iirc.
    12-24-2014 10:55 AM
  3. James8561's Avatar
    How can they possibly fix natural physics? If you run intensive apps your machine WILL heat up no matter what. It won't overheat though if that's what you're afraid of. If you're just a casual user, you most likely will never hear the fan.
    rdubmu likes this.
    12-24-2014 11:02 AM
  4. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    I did a search and couldn't find anything. I am aware that the Surface Pro 3 has (had?) heating/fan issues and the device would get pretty hot. I remember it affecting more of the i7 models. Microsoft promised a fix.

    Now I am wondering, has Microsoft fixed the issue? I am intending to get a Surface Pro 3 soon so I want to get this sorted out. Thanks.
    Yes. If you don't upgrade to the W10TP, you should be fine. The TP kinda brings the issue back.
    ptrkhh likes this.
    12-24-2014 11:06 AM
  5. CliveSinclair's Avatar
    I've had my i7 256gb for just over 3 weeks. I opted for the i7 thinking that the CPU would be working less hard than a i5 - same load/programs (Mainly Lightroom/Photoshop CC, Web, Office, etc - no 'heavy' games).

    I spoke to a Microsoft technical guy and he said that they had changed the fan design slightly, the CPU paste and firmware changes had also helped.

    I've not notice any heat issues on my new SP3 and only heard the fan (very quiet) a couple of times (when installing updates after buying it).
    12-24-2014 11:10 AM
  6. melvintwj's Avatar
    @James8561: I know there is no way we can deal with natural physics, but as far as I know, the complaints were that the devices were heating up on minor task such as watching videos or browsing the web on Modern IE.
    12-24-2014 11:12 AM
  7. DutchYee's Avatar
    My Surface Pro 3 has no heating problems. I gets heat when i game sometimes on it. But that's your CPU can clock himself to 2,9 ghz instead of the 1,9 ghz default.
    melvintwj likes this.
    12-26-2014 05:12 AM
  8. melvintwj's Avatar
    My Surface Pro 3 has no heating problems. I gets heat when i game sometimes on it. But that's your CPU can clock himself to 2,9 ghz instead of the 1,9 ghz default.
    Thanks for your kind reply. How about CPU throttling? Apparently throttling isn't as bad as it used to when the device was first shipped?
    12-26-2014 07:05 AM
  9. several potatos's Avatar
    Throttling will probably still occur due to the small form factor of the device.
    12-28-2014 12:25 PM
  10. rdubmu's Avatar
    I haven't experienced any heating, but I don't play any games on it
    12-28-2014 04:45 PM
  11. James8561's Avatar
    Thanks for your kind reply. How about CPU throttling? Apparently throttling isn't as bad as it used to when the device was first shipped?
    at about 50% load in task manager (which really is almost 100% load since this is a dual-core CPU running 4 logical cores off of 2 physical cores for hyperthreading, so non-HT programs only use 50% of the 4 logical cores), the CPU held 2.6 GHz at 80 degree C. that's higher than the maximum reported frequency by task manager (2.5 GHz) so turbo boost is working well and there's 0 throttling, since throttling doesn't start until well above 90 C. granted the fan is very audible after half a minute, but this is prolonged usage at maximum performance so that's acceptable.
    that's quite good for a tablet. mine's i5.
    12-28-2014 05:30 PM

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