I have a strange problem, where my CPU gets throttled whenever the utilisation goes a bit high. There’s absolutely no way to get sustained high use. And the throttled speed goes down to as low as 400MHz!
I looked at the scaling_governor, it’s set to schedutil, which according to the kernel docs is the right thing to do. When I manually set all the governors to performance, I still don’t get any significant improvement (as you can see from the inxi output).
It does become a bit hot, but not much. As per conky it never even touches 60, hovers around low 50s.
I have opened up the laptop too, there wasn’t much to be cleaned apart from what you would expect for a year old laptop.
I also looked at the BIOS, I think the options were battery optimised, balanced, and performance. If I remember correctly balanced was selected there. And since I’m mostly plugged in, I would expect balanced and performance to be the same.
In the past (on other ThinkPads I have owned), I have run long multi hour long computations, with CPU temps touching 70-80 at times. Which is why I find this so perplexing, and not really sure how to debug.