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Windows 7: CPU idle at 50C. Is this normal?

22 Mar 2015   #1

Windows 8.1 64-bit
CPU idle at 50C. Is this normal?

I'm on Windows 8.1 by the way. There are no programs running besides the normal background services and task manager. task manager showing 0-1% CPU usage because of task manager being open, nothing else. I also disabled a lot of services I know I don't need. Background processes are around 30 and windows processes are around 20 which I know are both normal. Is 50C too high when laptop is idle?

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22 Mar 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

It's certainly well within design limits.

Ambient temps have a major effect. If you take the thing into a room that is 10 degrees cooler, you should see noticeably cooler temps.

Laptops run hot by design. That's a trade-off you accept in exchange for light weight, size, and portability.

Unless it is an antique laptop, it should throttle itself if temps rise high enough.

You could get a cooling device or just live with it. Try to keep vents clean and make some sort of attempt to understand what "normal" temps are for certain tasks--idling, browsing the net, gaming, rendering video, whatever you do.

Likewise, use a monitoring program to confirm that all fans are operating normally.
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