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High-End Laptop Loud and Hot When Playing Games?

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January 3, 2014 8:01:28 PM

OK, so first of all, I'm gonna start by saying this: there is such thing as a gaming laptop and if you're going to answer my question with ignorance and tell me to buy a desktop, then don't answer at all. Now that that's clear, I'll continue. My laptop is an Alienware 14, and is capable of playing Battlefield 4 on Ultra with 40-50FPS smoothly without overheating. However, when I play lower-end games on the highest settings, the fans throttle to full speed and it still is hot.

This happens mostly in Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations, and also Team Fortress 2, Brutal Legend, and Arma II. While playing these games, the fans get ridiculously loud and my CPU hovers around the 75-85C mark, with my GPU at around the same. I know this isn't likely to damage it, but I'm still concerned. When I play the heavy-hitting games like Battlefield 4, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite, the fans are a little bit quieter )not much , but this is to be expected) and my temps around 60-70C. I'm playing all the games mentioned on the highest graphics settings.

My Specs:
CPU: Intel i7 4700MQ 4-Core ~2.4GHz (up to 3.5 w/ Intel Turbo Boost, which I have on)
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
RAM: 16GB
VRAM: 4GB

I also have a cooling pad with 5 Fans USB-Powered. I play in an open and often air-conditioned room. I've had it for about 4 months, and have cleaned it with cans of air twice. I'm not concerned about the noise and heat when playing heavy games; what concerns me is that it's louder when and hotter when playing older and lower-end games.

All answers appreciated,
Thanks.

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January 11, 2014 5:56:22 AM

I really don't know why that is happening. Maybe because the cpu is trying to get the lower end/older games quality to todays quality asap so thats why it is under more load maybe. I would call AlienWare and let them know
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January 13, 2014 5:54:21 AM

I have the same spec, well, 12gb ram and 2gb vram - wasn't aware there was a 4gb version of the 765m?

I recently started playing bioshock infinite and noticed higher than normal temperatures. After starting up Fraps it appeared that I was regularly hitting framerates in the 70/80s sometimes more (using nvidia experience suggested settings). Other games I've upped the quality settings so max fps were around 50 and temps lower. Average temps went down after I used Nvidia Inspector to limit the max frame rate to around 50.

I was always under the assumption that more heat would be created running higher settings at lower fps but it would appear the other way around.

Incidently, infinite is the first game i've noticed screen tear on, which makes sense, as it's the first time I've been in the position of having more frames than I know what to do with!

with the old games, maybe try vsync, which should limit to 60 fps. if they stutter, then take it off and use fps limiting
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January 13, 2014 12:45:58 PM

carbide said:
I have the same spec, well, 12gb ram and 2gb vram - wasn't aware there was a 4gb version of the 765m?

I recently started playing bioshock infinite and noticed higher than normal temperatures. After starting up Fraps it appeared that I was regularly hitting framerates in the 70/80s sometimes more (using nvidia experience suggested settings). Other games I've upped the quality settings so max fps were around 50 and temps lower. Average temps went down after I used Nvidia Inspector to limit the max frame rate to around 50.

I was always under the assumption that more heat would be created running higher settings at lower fps but it would appear the other way around.

Incidently, infinite is the first game i've noticed screen tear on, which makes sense, as it's the first time I've been in the position of having more frames than I know what to do with!

with the old games, maybe try vsync, which should limit to 60 fps. if they stutter, then take it off and use fps limiting


Thanks, I'll try that. I think that may be the cause because Morrowind capped out at 200fps and the laptop overheated and shutdown. Also, I think then I must have 2GB Vram instead of 4, my mistake.
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January 15, 2014 3:05:06 AM

DemonSlayer2784 said:
carbide said:
I have the same spec, well, 12gb ram and 2gb vram - wasn't aware there was a 4gb version of the 765m?

I recently started playing bioshock infinite and noticed higher than normal temperatures. After starting up Fraps it appeared that I was regularly hitting framerates in the 70/80s sometimes more (using nvidia experience suggested settings). Other games I've upped the quality settings so max fps were around 50 and temps lower. Average temps went down after I used Nvidia Inspector to limit the max frame rate to around 50.

I was always under the assumption that more heat would be created running higher settings at lower fps but it would appear the other way around.

Incidently, infinite is the first game i've noticed screen tear on, which makes sense, as it's the first time I've been in the position of having more frames than I know what to do with!

with the old games, maybe try vsync, which should limit to 60 fps. if they stutter, then take it off and use fps limiting


Thanks, I'll try that. I think that may be the cause because Morrowind capped out at 200fps and the laptop overheated and shutdown. Also, I think then I must have 2GB Vram instead of 4, my mistake.


get some kind of temp monitoring on there - hwmon, real temp etc. and recreate the high fps to ensure it is the cpu/gpu reaching tjmax - they should throttle to reduce temps before then though.

might be worth repasting cpu and gpu - mine was done so poorly it knocked approx 20c off load temps!
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January 15, 2014 3:18:00 AM

Gaming laptops tend to have this issue, and yes, very high FPS do increse the temperatures of the GPU a lot (its simple math really, Loading many textures and details takes time, this lowers the frames, that lowers the core work, since its the RAM that the core has to wait for, but in old games the core is allowed to run at its full speed).

Capping might not yelp at all since the core will still run that many FPS, just wont display them.

I dont know how to solve this issue since i never had it myself, but changeing the thermal paste for something more efficient might be a way to start.

Also, I Storngly suggest you get yourself a decent laptop cooling stand. Alienwares are not particulary known for having decent cooling.
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