[Solved] Gaming Problems (Cause: GPU Overheating - Resolved by Cleaning)

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  1. TurbodTalon

    TurbodTalon Notebook Virtuoso

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    No, that isn't good. My 6990M is a toaster, and even with a very healthy full-time overclock, it only hits about 72°C with the fans forced to full blast. About 81°C if I let the system control the fans.

    There has got to be an issue with the heatsink, fan, or the thermal paste on the GPU. These are all things that you can remedy yourself if you don't want to wait on Dell. How old is the laptop, and have you ever cleaned out the heatsink, etc?
     
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    the laptop has around 2 years and i havent ever cleaned, at least now im sure that is a temperature problem
     
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    If it has been two years, I would bet there is a literal wall of crud in front of your heatsink. Pull the battery, and then pull the four screws that hold the bottom cover on. You'll then have access to the fans on the bottom. Pull each of the fans out and gently clean the fans and heatsinks. It is really simple. 10 minute job.
     
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    ok thanks a lot, i will do it, (please god let it be the end of it)
     
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    It has to be the problem. Let us know how it goes.
     
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    I agree with TurbodTalon. Very likely this is what the problem is since it has not been done for so long. If cleaning it out does not work, follow the instructions from unclewebb. (He is the creator of ThrottleStop and definitely knows what he is talking about.)


     
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    gentleman, yes, overhetaing caused by a massive amount of dust in the heatsink, agh...cant beleive that it was such a simple thing all allong. Well, lesson learned, keep your laptop clean, thanks all of you for your help and support :)
     
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    Awesome to hear Firanai! What temperatures are you hitting now?
     
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    when i´m playing it stays around 60-65 Cª, sometimes even less. what a difference :)
     
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    Awesome! Glad it's sorted. Amazingly, this is probably the most frequent causes of performance degradation issues and one of the easiest fixes.
     
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