The MateBook X Pro has some of the best speakers on any ultrabook, but they’re not perfect. As you can see from this graph (the brown line is the frequency response), they sound a bit bright and lack bass. The bass mostly extends to about 200Hz but my desk gave it another resonance down at 135Hz.
The brown line is the frequency response, and the others are the harmonic distortion levels.
You can refer to this graph to adjust your equalizer setting in the Dolby app. You can also right click and download my Room EQ Wizard file to generate an equalizer setting for Equalizer APO.
Switching to generic Microsoft audio drivers in Device Manager makes the sound absolutely fecal. This leads me to suspect that basic but apparently necessary processing (such as coordinating between the pairs of tweeters and woofers) occurs in the Realtek drivers provided by Huawei (through Windows Update or otherwise).
I no longer recommend Fujipoly thermal pads because they are hard and get super brittle after being heated. Therefore, although they have very high thermal conductivity on paper, they make poor contact with the chip and heatsink.
[HW] Add Thermal Pads to the CPU VRM
Benefits: This prevents the CPU power-related components from overheating and causing the laptop to shut down when power limits are lifted in the subsequent steps.
Cut 0.5mm thermal pads to size and put them on the grey inductors.
Cut 1.5mm thermal pads to size and cover them over the tiny resistors.
I recommend Arctic thermal pads for their supreme softness (25 Shore 00), which is extremely important for ensuring contact with these irregular-height components, and by far the best thermal conductivity for thermal pads of this softness.
[SW] Remove Intel DPTF
Benefits: The Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework limits the maximum power of the CPU to 10W under sustained load. This mechanism is known as power throttling. Removing Intel DPTF eliminates this limitation and allows you to raise the power limits in XTU so that the CPU can sustain much higher frequencies for much longer.
Download and install this registry file to add a Context Menu shortcut to acquire full Admin ownership of a system folder.
Go to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore.
Right click on the FileRepository folder and click “Acquire Admin Ownership“. A Command Prompt window should automatically run to give you the permission to perform the following steps.
Find the folders whose names start with “dptf_acpi.inf_amd64“, “dptf_cpu.inf_amd64“, and “esif_manager.inf_amd64“. Create 3 empty folders in another location with the same names.
Disconnect your laptop from the internet.
Open Device Manager and uninstall all devices whose names start with “Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework“.
Copy the 3 empty folders that you created to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository.
For each of those folders you just pasted in:
Go to Properties, Security, then Advanced.
Click Disable Inheritance.
Confirm all the subsequent prompts.
Reconnect your laptop to the internet.
Remember that this process still needs to be repeated after a Windows version update.
[SW] XTU Settings
Benefits: Allow the CPU to boost with more power and for longer (indefinitely!).
[SW] ThrottleStop Settings
I replaced the CPU thermal paste with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and the GPU thermal pad with 0.5mm Fujipoly XR-m. These should give me more thermal headroom, but I didn’t check the temperatures in stock form beforehand, so I have no comparison.
The MateBook X Pro’s CPU throttles to ~10W under sustained load. Intel XTU and HWiNFO report that this is Power Limit throttling, specifically PL1, which is set to 10W by default.
If your Huawei MateBook X Pro’s touchpad is loose and rattles when you tap on it, try sticking a piece of paper between the touchpad and the frame. You might not need to remove the battery like I did, but if you do, the heatsink plate has to come off first, which is a hassle. You do NOT need to take out the touchpad itself to perform this mod.
Must-know for disassembly: unlike the MateBook X, there are no screws under the rubber feet. Instead, there are many plastic tabs that hold the back plate firm.
Unscrew the screws.
Use a guitar pick or similar tool to feel, locate, and lift the tabs.
Pull the hinge side of the back plate first.
No need to be gentle with the middle tab—it’s spring loaded.
The tabs near the touchpad side like to be slid out.
The back cover has many foam pads that press against the internals.
The only heatsink in this laptop is this big metal plate. In most laptops, a fan or two blow directly through a heatsink with many fins. In the X Pro, heat spreads across the metal plate with the heatpipes’ help, warming up all the air inside the laptop. The small fan exhausts all this hot air and brings in new cool air using negative air pressure.
After a year of listening to my HE400i with the previous equalizer settings I made, I decided to use a less aggressive version that only corrects the obnoxious treble peaks and compensates for the sub-bass deficiency.