Microsoft Surface Pro 4 news: new tip to circumvent device's heat stifling feature


The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was released just over a month ago and despite going head-to-head against Apple’s iPad Pro, the deive is holding its ground as one of the best tablets in the market.

In a previous report by Apple Insider, the fourth outing of the Surface Pro line has slightly outperformed Apple’s biggest and most powerful tablet yet in terms of display grade. This is despite Apple claiming that their newest offering in the tablet market boasts a 12.9-inch display, bigger than the 12.3-inch of the Surface Pro 4.

It’s no secret that the Surface Pro 4 is a very powerful tablet, with its plethora of features and a hefty price tag; one would want nothing but to maximize its use. The tablet features a heat stifling ability which basically monitors the heat index of the device. Once it becomes too hot, it triggers a feature which slows down the processors to prevent overheating. It serves as a safety precautionary capability of the tablet to ensure the safety of its users as well as the device.

However, some heavy duty users, particularly gamers, would be having problems with the automatic performance slow down given that a steady pace of gaming can cause the device to heat up. A decrease from 60 to 30 frames per second can spell the difference in terms of achieving a certain goal or not.

Given that, brainy Microsoft aficionados devised a way to work around this for the sake of the Surface Pro 4 gaming community. The solution is very simple and will only require placing a normal fan or any cooling equipment close to the tablets back upper right corner.

A YouTube video was made to demonstrate the effects of the safety mechanism. It shows a session of “Minecraft” being slowed down to 100 frames per second once the auto heat monitoring kicks in. After a fair amount of cool air was directed to the device, its performance picks up again to 120 frames. Take note, however, that the heat monitoring feature is more prevalent on the Surface Pro’s higher end variant, which usually runs hotter than its cheaper counterparts.