Despite the fact that virtually all modern Dell laptops (and probably others) are supposed to have the Intel Dynamic Platform & Thermal Framework Driver installed, I couldn't find any end-user documentation about what exactly the settings do, and what the 1-5 levels mean for each:
The thermal design power (TDP), sometimes called thermal design point, is the maximum amount of heat generated by the CPU that the cooling system in a computer is required to dissipate in typical operation. -- Wikipedia
So I can guess what "Config TDP Level" means. But beyond that,
- What exactly is "Acoustics Limit"? Does "1" mean quietest fan and 5 loudest, or the other way around?
- What exactly does the "Low Power Mode Setting" do?
- What does the Power Limit mean? Undervolting?
(as you can imagine, the mouseover tooltips are fantastically useless; e.g. "Specify the acoustics cooling limit for Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework")
Again, hundreds of thousands of laptops with this thing installed, and no clear search result when Googling for any of this.