Gigabyte Aero 15x v8 Temps (Advice Needed)

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  1. Dave Bowman

    Dave Bowman Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi I own this laptop. Just bought it a couple days ago: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834233237 .

    Overall I am very impressed with this laptop but have a couple questions about it.

    I can live with the backlighting issue. All IPS have backlighting issues and mine is manageable but not the best. I am a little concerned about temps though.

    Running Overwatch for around 45 minutes (on Ultra not Epic) my GPU reached a max of 89 C and my processor package reached a max of 94 C. They both ran around the high 80s, very low 90s regular when I was playing. Can I live with these temps? I would hate to return this thing as I love it already.

    It was on a flat table surface with nothing around it clogging it up. No major background processes were running. I used HWmonitor to check the temps.

    Advice on this from other owners would be great or advice from laptop enthusiasts in general. I will mainly be using this laptop for strategy games but want it to last a good 3-4 years.

    Thank you
     
  2. Danishblunt

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    undervolt + repaste.
     
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    Shark00n Notebook Deity

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    And find a way to raise the back a bit when gaming.

    Maybe with a cooling base, although I get people that don't like them.

    I have one of these always in my backpack and they are quite useful:
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    It's an Everki Chill Pill. But anything will work, like two bottle caps under the rear feet, for example. That should help a lot with air-flow
     
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    Dave Bowman Notebook Enthusiast

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    I do not know how to do either of those and am very wary of messing up my new laptop. Can it run like it is?
     
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    I'll be back with a couple of things that have worked for me.

    As an aside I'm wary of the temp reporting in this machine, not sure if its a HWmonitor issue or hardware. I can sit and watch HWmonitor while the laptop is under a small load (premiere pro open - not rendering, some web browsers open) and the cpu will sit around 50C but randomly spike up to 70C for a second and drop down again. Seriously doubt the CPU jumps up 20degrees for a second and drops back down to 50C - weird.
     
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    gnlu26 Notebook Consultant

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    Well those are pretty neat, I always just use my power brick, but those things get so hot its not always a good idea.

    Definitely at least do an undervolt, its easy enough and doesn't require you to do open the machine. If you use XTU, worst case scenario is your computer crashes, and XTU reverts to default on reboot. Not a big deal.
     
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    Is undervolting going in and changing the maximum processor output from 100% to like 80%?
     
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    Is this a common thermal distribution for this laptop?
     
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    Hi Dave,

    So undervolting is changing the maximum voltage that the CPU can draw, effectively asking it to do the same job with less voltage. This reduces heat and most CPU's have some headroom in this regard. I have the exact same laptop as you and I have undervolted to -.120v with no problems.

    An easy place to start is downloading Intel's own tuning software called Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU). Use this guide https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Extreme-Tuning-Utility-XTU-Undervolting-Guide.272120.0.html

    Have a play with undervolting and do a couple of stress tests within XTU to make sure its stable.

    To my understanding the problem with this laptop is not really heat transfer from the CPU to the Heatsink but rather heat transfer from the Heatsink to the outside world (I.e. the fans just cant pull the heat out of the heatsink past a certain point). You will get some gains from a repaste, but start with an undervolt. With a repaste we're really talking 5 degrees drop MAX. The reason this laptop seems to overheat is that the combination of CPU+GPU load is just too much for the fans, the best we can hope for is to keep the max load temps around the mid 80's and avoid thermal throttling from the CPU.

    If you're not too concerned about fan noise then set up a custom fan curve as well, my fans kick in quite heavily once the temp creeps over 60C because I want to try and stop or at least delay the CPU getting to that 90C plus 'point of no return' by really cramming that cooler air into the heatsink early.

    Past that you can undervolt the GPU with MSI Afterburner, there are various guides in this forum and that will give you potentially a couple more degrees of cooling. Raising the back of the laptop will help as well, this laptop doesn't have fantastic airflow, I've read that it draws some air through the keyboard and most through the underside of the laptop, expelling it through the back. I think those chill pills look awesome and I'm going to order them, they will also help in keeping the cooling system clean by keeping the fan intakes away from any dust that's sitting on the desk.
     
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    Is undervolting like that in anyway dangerous to the laptop? Thank you for all your detailed responses
     
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