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Laptop performing way slower than it should
Old 12th July 2018
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Laptop performing way slower than it should

I consider writing this already a fail, as i really tried hard searching the webz for an answer and wasn't lucky. Feel free to redirect me.

In a nutshell: Years ago (~3) i bought myself a workstation laptop which should work as a beast (by then, still not bad by todays standards imo, specs bellow). Somewhere after the upgrade to Win10Pro i noticed that PT as well as Cubase get dropouts and CPU overloads, even when just working with 2 stereotracks (ie deskoutput+roommic) and puting a single (altough probably intensive) Waves plugin at them.
According to both the DAWs performance meters, i'm running out of CPU power/memory.
windows shows me that CPU usage never seems to go over ~30%, more or less same with RAM (see attached pix).
Fun fact: The performance meter in ProTools shows 1 of 8 Cores (4 virtual) basically clipping under all of the load while the others don't seem to have much to do.

I tried everything i found.
Hyperthreading on/off, both pointless.
Cubase as well as PT as well as Win10Pro are all 64bit versions on a 64bit machine.
I tried swapping RAM blocks.
I installed Win10Pro, Cubase 9 and ProTools12(.3.1) from scratch.
All the drivers&updates are up to date via the Lenovo webpage (except the imo unnecessery Lenovo-own software like LenovoPowerManager etc. ... a mistake?).
Win PowerManagement set to 100% all the time on battery&plug.
No difference if using with RME FF UCX or internal ASIO ****tycard.
I did the hardware test with BIOS.
Run Antivirus, first Avira, then the windows-own after the re-install.
I might forgot one or two suggested solutions.

I have the feeling of overlooking something stupidly simple, and it makes me wanna kind of cry. This should still be a proper working horse, instead it behaves like a 12 year old 2nd hand minesweeper machine when running a DAW.

The Computer:
Lenovo ThinkPad w540
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, 32GB RAM, Intel Core i7 4810MQ, SSD drive
Intel Core i7 4810MQ
Cores 4
Threads 8
Name Intel Core i7 4810MQ
Code Name Haswell
Package Socket 947 rPGA
Technology 22nm
Specification Intel Core i7-4810MQ CPU @ 2.80GHz

Memory slots
Total memory slots 4
Used memory slots 4
Free memory slots 0
Type DDR3
Size 32768 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 799.0 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 11 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 11 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 11 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 28 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 2T
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 17 %
Total Physical 32 GB
Available Physical 26 GB
Total Virtual 36 GB
Available Virtual 31 GB
Manufacturer LENOVO
Model 20BHS2N900 (CPU Socket - U3E1)
Version 0B98417 PRO
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model Haswell
Chipset Revision 06
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model QM87
Southbridge Revision C1
Version GNET87WW (2.35 )
Date 4/9/2018
Hard drives
Samsung SSD 840 Series (SSD)
Manufacturer SAMSUNG
Heads 16
Cylinders 60,801
Tracks 15,504,255
Sectors 976,768,065
SATA type SATA-III 6.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ACS2
Serial Number S14NNEAD101678P
Firmware Version Number DXT07B0Q
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 7916 times
Power On Time 481.0 days
Speed Not used (SSD Drive)
Features S.M.A.R.T., NCQ, TRIM, SSD
Max. Transfer Mode SATA III 6.0Gb/s
Used Transfer Mode SATA III 6.0Gb/s
Interface SATA
Capacity 465 GB
Real size 500,107,862,016 bytes
RAID Type None

just realized that my cores' temperatures oscillate between 70-90°C, Speccy already marks this red. how bad is that really? in my logic it shouldn't put 3 out of 4 cores out of order everytime i start a DAW.

This is just some of the specs "Speccy" gave me, i will gladly post more into-detail stuff if you point me in the right direction. I might crosspost this to some lenovo/thinkpad forum, just thought someone here might know why this is happening, since it's mostly with audio.

Any help will be very appreciated and, given the option, rewarded with adequate amounts of beer should you drop by in vienna some day.
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