Gonna completely agree here. If we were struggling with the cooling system in any way, then I’d argue that we’d need to spend on getting quality control with high-quality thermal paste.
And by struggling, I don’t mean struggling with performance that OEMs generally struggle with.
Thermals affect a great deal. Battery performance, efficiency of the SoC ( based on my memory, the hotter a chip gets, the more efficiency you lose in power moving across the die), and finally performance in different workloads. It’s far more than simple performance that’s involved. It can affect consistency of the device in many respects under different workloads.
Our cooling system looks really overkill. Which is fantastic. I loved to see the thermal pads on the Thunderbolt controller, and CPU/heatsink + CPU/motherboard and heatpipe. We don’t just have good thermal pads, we have many, and massive heatsinks. This method will be more reliable with QC, give more reliable performance benchmarks, and probably cheaper long-run while still letting the V operate at cool temperatures across the board.