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21 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Curious About Gaming Temp For Laptop

Hi guys ,

Just wondering what is the normal/ideal temperature for gaming laptop. Wanna make sure that my lappy is not overheating. Here's my spec.

Acer Aspire V3-471G
Core i5 2450M 2.5GHz, 3M L3 Cache
Nvidia 630M GeForce GT 630M
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

I use cooler for my lappy. Idle temp is around 40c-60c (browsing/music/video and such). While the gaming temp is somehow scared me off. 80c-90c (GPU Temp) and 90c-100c (CPU Temp). I play lots of latest games like Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Max Payne 3, Batman Arkham City, Prototype 2 and many more. Even it's hot, the performance is quite decent. Never had fps drop, most game can get 40-60fps at standard settings. It's just the heat scared me.

I've been googling a lot about this topic, some said it's normal for my lappy model. Last week I dissemble my lappy and check the dust. Seems normal no dust, so I cleaned up a bit. Checked the thermal status, pretty much okay also. There is something bugging me too. The fan seems slow, only can feel little air buzzing out. The only time the fan gets active is when gaming. When gaming reach 80c-90c then if I pause the game, then the fan started to cool it off with strong air current came out.

Tell me you guys opinion about this. Whether should I replace thermal (I check some topic they said, even after replace new thermal still same results), or use fan control utilities, or it's acer default faulty? I don't know. Give me your thoughts.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2012   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit

Laptops are terrible when it comes to cooling. The vents are on the bottom and along the sides. It the laptop is on a soft surface (pillow, blanket, lap, etc) cooling will be even further reduced, especially when gaming. A lot of folks recommend a laptop cooling pad. It offers a firm surface that doesn't block vents and it provides additional fans to draw heat away from the computer. Lots of companies make laptop cooling pads. Some have one fan while others have as many as three that can be individually adjusted for optimum placement under the laptop. Doesn't really matter how many fans as long as there is maximum airflow. (One fan with 120cfm will be better than 3 fans with 30cfm each.)

Here are a couple of articles that seem to present some good guidelines for maximum temps. Thing to remember is maximum does not mean continuous.

What is my Computers Maximum CPU Temperature? - Technibble

Max GPU temperature?

Maximum temperature laptop internals can handle? Cooling options? - Super User
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