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someone please help me understand this i7-6560u configuration...

I have the xps 13 9350, and I'm trying to understand what this configuration of specs really means and what it does..i honestly have spent hours researching, and all I can come up with is that this laptop is fast for certain programs that require power and speed..but I cant grasp a general idea on how I should be using it based on my usage.

I use this computer to surf the web, download applications and programs (very rarely, only if they are awesome and I feel like I need them/or use them daily), watching YouTube videos in high-def, and doing re-search.  I don't do anything demanding, like there is no video-editing, no gaming, no large file-transfers, nothing like that - so I don't see the need for anything to be working super-hard, or cpu/gpu/hardward-consuming. unless I need these things for what I've listed above? I do like to multi-task, and have multiple tabs in edge open, and other programs open/running like fb messenger, etc.

is there a way that I could tweak the system settings to not be running like a Lamborghini all the time, and instead maybe just like a corvette ?? does that make sense ? lol!

and is it normal for a laptop of this size to stay relatively cool all day long, and then towards 9-10, or 11 hours in of continual use to be running hotter temps? I mean, I'm only using it for browsing the web, research, and youtube video watching - I would like the best possible experience while doing those things of course, but if I'm using system resources that I don't even need (like having them on standby incase I want to use them) id like to know, and maybe have knowledge on how to turn them down, or even turn them off!

I want this laptop to last me as long as possible, and would like to increase its life-span wherever possible - so if anybody has any advice or insight for me on this super-awesome to use & sexy laptop, please please please! help me out here, there seems to just be TOO MUCH information spread out throughout the web for me to possibly sort-through in time, I'm really trying but I feel like there are some very important basics I'm missing, if your reading this and your that person with that knowledge, or insiders information, I'm begging that you please comment and help this kid out - I received this laptop in a trade, and I only knew that it was a fast laptop and that the hardware was superior - idk what ive gotten myself into so-to-speak. (however, I love it!)

xps13 9350

intel core i7-6560u

16GB Ram

512GB NVMe PCIe SSD (Toshiba)

QHD+ Touch Screen (3200x1800)

Intel iris 540 graphics

(as you can see, I have done my research on the hardware and know about their names, and have an idea generally speaking, on what they do and are about - that's about it though, lol)


thank you so very much for taking the time to read this, 


Kind Regards

- Brian

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RE: someone please help me understand this i7-6560u configuration...

Hey Brian,

Modern PCs are pretty good about not running faster than they need to be in order to satisfy demand.  The CPU and GPU (and their fans) only raise their clock speeds when you need them to, and the SSD doesn't really do anything when you're not actively reading/writing data. You don't really have to do anything to "optimize" your components for longevity.  I keep laptops running 24/7 and they still run just fine 5-6 years later.  The only possible exception is that there are some BIOS-level settings you can tweak to prolong your BATTERY'S long-term lifespan if you'd like, but that involves limiting the maximum charge, so you're basically trading away some battery capacity for long-term battery life, essentially.  However, even there the default is an "Adaptive" mode that's supposed to monitor your usage patterns and adjust accordingly.

In terms of heat generation, there are too many variables to say whether that's normal.  It wouldn't happen just because you've had the system running for 9-10 hours (again, I keep mine on 24/7 and they're not constantly warm), but since you use a lot of tabs, understand that not all tabs are created equal.  A simple webpage with static content is going to use a lot less system resources than even Gmail (which is basically an entire live application in a webpage) or something that's constantly streaming video/audio.  Also, there are some webpages you wouldn't expect that place an inordinate load on the system because they pull from roughly 3,715 different advertising and tracking sites, not all of which even manifest themselves visually.  I visit some regular sites I visit that look simple enough, but every time I visit them, my system slows down a bit and my fans pop on. Drives me nuts, but I personally believe that ad blockers are unethical, and I'd rather see the content than not.

Anyway, all that to say, you've got a sweet system there that should serve you well for years, so don't fret. 🙂

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