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January 16, 2012 5:31:41 AM

Hello all!
I've looked around a bit and can't really find answers to my specific questions anywhere so I decided to just make a post. I recently just purchased an ASUS gaming laptop. It has an i7 2630QM CPU and an nVidia 460M 1GB mobile video card/chip. I've had it for a month or so and it works great, no problems or anything, but today I became curious as to just how hot it's running (as some more graphically intense games make the internal fans more audible and I wondered if that was bad) so I installed SpeedFan to check it out. Right now my CPU (all cores) and GPU idle at about 50C and under load go to 70-80c.... this seems kind of high even for a laptop... is there any cause for concern? Should I look into buying a laptop cooler? If so, any recommendations? Any other tips or advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch!

~SQ

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January 16, 2012 6:55:56 AM

After letting the laptop sit for a while longer completely idle, and lowering the temp in the room the laptop is in, the idle temps are now 42-47c for GPU and 40-45c for CPU(s). Just thought I'd put that up... will test the temp under load w/ lower ambient temp now.
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January 16, 2012 9:10:36 AM

OK so under load it looks like my GPU reaches up to 85c under load! My CPU however levels off at 60-65c. It seems like my GPU temp is really, really high then again I know mobile versions of things are made to run a bit hotter...
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 9:34:40 AM

Hello SpoiledQueen;

Idle temps @ 40-50C look high but are probably the result of a 'quite profile' to keep the fan noise low. And those temps are OK, well within design limits.

Load temps:
CPU: 60-65C is reasonable and well within the spec for that CPU.
GPU: 85C under load is also looking 'normal'.

I think you're good to go.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 9:42:28 AM

From Nvidia forums: GeForce GTX 460M on ASUS G73SW-3DE...Idle temps?
mentions 65C CPU and 85C GPU under load as being normal.

As long as you don't block the intake or exhaust vents (like placing the notebook on a soft surface) you can probably hold off getting a laptop cooler till have run your usual gaming workload in the usual places. If you're staying pretty close to the 65/85 mark you can skip the cooler.

HWInfo32 will let you monitor the highest temps during an operating session.
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January 16, 2012 3:49:00 PM

Thank you soooo much WR2! I appreciate your feedback, I swear I looked at the nVidia forum for like 30 min and didn't find anything on my particular card =/ maybe I put a typo in the search... anyway I really appreciate your answers they took a load off my mind. I think I'm going to invest in a cheap laptop cooler anyway, just to see if I can't bring the temps down a little bit for the heck of it.

Thanks again!

~SQ
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January 16, 2012 4:02:04 PM

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January 16, 2012 4:04:03 PM

WR2 said:
Hello SpoiledQueen;

Idle temps @ 40-50C look high but are probably the result of a 'quite profile' to keep the fan noise low. And those temps are OK, well within design limits.

Load temps:
CPU: 60-65C is reasonable and well within the spec for that CPU.
GPU: 85C under load is also looking 'normal'.

I think you're good to go.


How would I disable this "quiet* profile" you speak of? lol :) 
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 8:51:45 PM

The first place I'd look would be the BIOS.
And the Asus models usually have custom apps to manage system functions, including fan speeds. A different fan profile would be a bit louder but would kick in earlier to keep idle temps down.
I would prefer to have the laptop quieter, longer, as long as the temps are in the moderate range like your idle temps.

I know there are more than a few Asus 'Owners Lounge' type forum threads here and there. You might want to look for one and see what other Asus owners are doing to manage their notebooks.
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