Question Alienware Area 51M laptop FPS drops in half on all games after a few minutes of playing

Dawnwaker

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Hi All,

My Alienware Area51M laptop has been experiencing FPS drops upon starting the any game up. The FPS starts as it should, however, after 5 minutes of play, the FPS drops then goes back to normal again. The FPS will drop and go back to normal in 3-5 minute cycles. During these events, the temperatures on all my hardware is within normal limits. Normally CPU usage on the games that I'm playing is 10-20%. When the FPS drops occur, the usage drops to 5-8%. All of the games were running at steady FPS before a month ago. The laptop is around three years old and I regularly repaste and dust the inside with the most recent repaste and dust being 2 months ago.

Games that I play where this occurs - Final Fantasy XIV, Genshin Impact, and Valheim.

Things I've Tried - Reset and reformat laptop, scan for malware, update drivers(GPU, display, and sound), Disable game dvr, disable xbox game bar, disable turbo boost,

User benchmark with specs while idle:
Alienware Area-51m Performance Results - UserBenchmark
 

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