My M18XR1 adapter goes off while playing GTA V

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    I get this problem only while playing GTA V. The adapter shuts down after about 5mins in game, and causes stuttering since the laptop runs on battery. At first, I thought my laptop gets overheated because CPU goes up to 91 C degree, however after I did a repaste, the problem still happens while CPU only goes up to 80 C degree.

    Plus I got the latest driver 350.12.
     
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    It's likely your brick not being able to cope with the load, mine did the same thing and then I looked behind the machine and realised one of my bricks had come loose and the machine was only running off one.
     
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    what do you mean by "bricks"? There is only 1 brick
     
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    anyone?
     
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    Meaker is speaking of his system (Clevo with dual AC adapters).

    If your GPUs are overclocked, set them back to stock clock speeds and see if the problem goes away. If you are running stock (not overclocked) your AC adapter is probably just worn out and needs to be replaced. I've worn out several of them. They generally last me 12 to 18 months of hard use. If yours is the original part, it has served you well for so many years.
     
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    I'm running stock. This problem only occur when I play GTA V, maybe because this game consumes a lot pf power? Could you tell me where can I buy the new AC adapter?
     
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    Yes, GTA V may be consuming more power than your other games. You could try running 3DMark11, Vantage, Fire Strike and Sky Diver benchmarks and see if it turns off like it does with GTA V. You could also try using some different in-game settings to see if it lowers the load on the GPUs without sacrificing anything meaningful with the gaming experience.

    I have purchased 330W AC adapters on Amazon and eBay. Good deals are not common, but if you watch like a hawk you can snag them really cheap once in a while. I have purchased brand new genuine Alienware 330W AC adapters for less than $50 each, but those deals don't last long. Average price is in the $100 ballpark. If you pay substantially more than $100 USD you are getting shafted royally.
     
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    You can get them for even less in the UK too, just keep an eye out. Luckily there are not too many knock off 330w units floating around.
     
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    Mr. Fox,
    I have tried 3DMark11 and nothing happen, I guess it must be the GTA V game.
    By the way, how come my CPU goes up to 83 degree, and 78 for GPUs even though I have done a repaste?
     
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    @dr_gin_rain - It sure sounds like it. Strange that the GTA V game would do it and 3DMark11 does not. Try running the 3DMark Suite (2013 benchmark) across all tests. If it passes without shutting anything down, we can blame GTA V for sure and consider your AC adapter is probably still fine.

    Regarding your temps, that depends on a number of things... the paste and ambient temps, as well as how clean the heat sink radiators are and if the fans are working right. Heat sink radiators can get significantly clogged up in 30 to 60 days under some environmental conditions. If you are using the system in a hot environment, the best thermal paste in the world is going to struggle to keep the system chilly. That said, if those are your peak temps after gaming for a good while, there is nothing wrong. While lower is always nicer, those are fine and safe temps and I would not lose any sleep over sub-85° CPU or GPU temps.
     
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