I have a new laptop that's around 2 months old. I've used Speedfan to check the temperature of my laptop running an Intel Core i3 350M. I run Speedfan as soon as the laptop boots up and the temperature rises until it reaches it's peak at around 70 degrees for all cores. The laptop is idle and is on a wooden desk where air flow is good. What's going on?
Answer by drblah · Jul 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM
It is not unusual for a laptop to run at high temperatures. My laptop will easily hit 90 deg C when I play games or do intensive work.
Have you tried running a stress test on it? I would imagine that it is hovering around 70 deg idle to save power, and the cooling would kick in when you do some intensive work.
Answer by Maeurd · Jul 10, 2010 at 02:10 PM
If you're running Windows, try ending some of the background processes that you don't need, or check what services that are running at the time that you think your laptop is overheating or close to overheating. Sometimes when you install a program to use once, you forget that it may run in the background along with all of the other software that starts as soon as you boot up your laptop.
Answer by GavinRoskamp · Apr 25, 2011 at 03:14 AM
I've had numerous issues with my laptop overheating (like hitting 190 F), but recently it has been behaving. Mine usually idles anywhere from 60-70 C, so I would assume that's safe enough. I also use SpeedFan and I just have it set to start up when I log in and it stays in the tray so I can constantly monitor it. When you do more intense stuff, like encoding a video/DVD, playing a 3D game, etc., it will get hotter. I can't say for sure what the maximum safe temperature is, but just make sure it has plenty of air, isn't being suffocated, and let the system decide when to turn itself of.
On another note, I've found that moving from normal or high performance power plans to the power saver plan will actually throttle down your CPU, thus cooling it down and requiring less power for both the CPU and for the fan. You might not get the best performance, but if you're really worried about it overheating, that will work.
Answer by SacGor · Apr 25, 2011 at 03:35 AM
I had the same problem, but my laptop is 3 years old, My laptop used to idle at 70 degree C even when I had a massive cooling pad under it. So I took it to be repaired and found out that the fan was working fine but the heat sink next to it was covered by dust. After some cleaning my laptop now idles at 40 degree C. It might be the same problem that you're having, maybe you were using it in a dusty area?
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