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M14x, and Extreme Temperatures!?

Discussion in 'Alienware 14 and M14x' started by lilpsychobuddy, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. lilpsychobuddy

    lilpsychobuddy Newbie

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    basically.... should i be worried that my processory is running at 85-90*C?
    or that the area aroudn the processor, and the harddrive are hot to the touch?......

    i have it sitting on a flat desk in an open area... and it still seems to heat up like a beast.....

    any ideas? :S
     
  2. tmaxx123

    tmaxx123 Notebook Consultant

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    how are you checking your temps? i want to check mine....thanks
     
  3. tyler27

    tyler27 Notebook Consultant

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    For the cpu thats quite normal, this laptop runs very hot, but to run cooler turn off turbo boost in the bios
     
  4. jimbo312

    jimbo312 Notebook Consultant

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    also you want to prop up the back end of the laptop somehow for better airflow. i have a calculater and a couple of checkbooks holding mine up.
     
  5. tyler27

    tyler27 Notebook Consultant

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    or you can do what some other people have done and build something to hold it up with legos
     
  6. niko2021

    niko2021 Notebook Evangelist

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    Yeah that's normal, it runs hot during normal usage and much hotter during gaming. Nothing you can really do about the heat, except a cooling pad. Can also try to reduce processes/start up items to keep idle temps down. that's what I did and it sorta works. The heat is an issue, but doesn't bother me as much, really hate when it gets hot and im just web surfing though.
     
  7. CGSDR

    CGSDR Notebook Deity

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    Just to add more to this, you can also repaste the CPU if you can, because I saw some thread saying that the temp is improve a lot after they repaste the CPU. But if you dont know how or doesnt want to damage stuff in process of the repasting, then you can get a cooler as temporary to long term solution.

    For me it is used to be even worse than your temp, I used to reach 96C for Core 3, 97C for Core 2 and 99C for Core 0 and 1 while playing BFBC2. But after I saw Tyler27 (Thanks for the suggestion Tyler :) ) post about the Turbo Boost disabling, and I try it and it seem to help the temp around 2C - 7C (without cooler), and 5C - 10C (With cooler).

    For if you worry about the performance, it will not affect your in game performance nor the every usage, because the turbo boost only activate when it is needed to boost a little Mhz to get more thing done quicker, and as for the i7 CPU (Especially the Sandy Bridge), it is the fastest series, so you dont have to worry about the performance drop.
     
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    pspknightx Notebook Consultant

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    I use Cooler Master U2 and a small fan putting beside the laptop, hehe ...
     
  9. Fallout4

    Fallout4 Notebook Consultant

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    I use a program called CPUID HWMonitor. All you to is run the program and it lists the CPU and GPU temperatures along with other information. If it does not show the nVidia GeForce GT 555m temperature, first try opening a game, then minimizing back to desktop (keeping the game running) and THEN starting the HWMonitor.
     
  10. tmaxx123

    tmaxx123 Notebook Consultant

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    ok cool sounds good. Do you guys recommend against using the windows gadgets? like the cpu monitor and the battery monitor and the network monitor ect. ? or are they ok to use also?
     
  11. CGSDR

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    Those built in windows gadget are useless, what they do is to monitor the usage not the temp, beside I found out that those gadget tend to eat your memory resource a lot, so I do not suggest to use it, but I suggest you to download OpenHardwareMonitor instead, because this software, it's not only monitor your CPU usage, it also with the temp and the best thing is you can have it pin onto the desktop just like the gadget. Have a try.
     
  12. tmaxx123

    tmaxx123 Notebook Consultant

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    thanks man! you seem to know your way around these computers pretty darn well....repped!
     
  13. tmaxx123

    tmaxx123 Notebook Consultant

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    my temps are around 50 degrees Celsius per core, 46 for the GPU and 36 for the HDD just surfing the web, listning to music, and watching youtube videos. These about where they are supposed to be?
     
  14. CGSDR

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    Yeah, that's avg temp on my laptop too, thanks for the compliment ^^
     
  15. lilpsychobuddy

    lilpsychobuddy Newbie

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    so what temperature would completely screw over the Processor* on these things?
    my last laptop shut itself down at around 95........
     
  16. Jovan for PREZ

    Jovan for PREZ Notebook Consultant

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    As for the Lego stands, I started that thread, but I now made a better one out of my Knex from when I was younger. I loved those things! But the lego one that lifted it about half an inch above the ground lowered max temps from 95 to 87, this one gets a max of 83. I think I'm going to replace the blue legs that make it so tall with white ones so it's a little smaller.
     

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    XxAlbertoxX Notebook Consultant

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    Hey OP, well, I had a black m14x that I retruend because it got up to 99+ degrees in battlefield BC2 but that was without a laptop cooler.

    I returned it and got the red one....Low and behold, still runs hot in games, 80-90+.

    So, like everyone else, I realized these bad boys run hot. Best you can do is try to offset it with a laptop cooler. I have the Antec Unbeatable one, it was like 59.99$ on amazon its really good.

    So now my temps get max in 70-80.

    It's a powerful computer for its form factor, so its going to run hot. Im sure it would be fine,but I would get the cooler so it runs colder and don't have to take the chance of possibly cutting the lifespan of the components due to the heat.

    I used CPU ID hardware monitor and CPUz and GPUz etc.. etc.. to monitor funtionality on my computer
     
  18. Spoonie

    Spoonie Notebook Geek

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    speedfan, gpuid, and cpuid.
     
  19. bigtonyman

    bigtonyman Desktop Powa!!!

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    If you were refereing to the crappy CPU monitor I agree,but I id just like to say that the side monitors aren't all useless. I have core temp along with the program so it shows voltage, usage, and temps as well as RAM usage. I also have a GPU monitor to just keep an eye on my CPU when I don't have afterburner up ;)
     

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  20. CGSDR

    CGSDR Notebook Deity

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    Well, the one I suggest is for someone who want it simple, sure you can always find a better one, I dont think it is crappy but instead it's more of a form of simpler, and I also notice in the picture, it seem like it has 2 separated gadget - CPU & GPU, but mine one (see pic below) is a combination between CPU, GPU, & HDD temp, it does not look colourful and complex as yours though, but it is in one gadget. Oh btw if possible can you tell me what is that program name? Link would be good.

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