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Hey guys,

Firstly this is a repost, originally from the intel forum, I thought positing it here was more appropriate.

I have a brand new Lenovo Y560 Ideapad. It has an i7 quad core, 2630QM model. It also has a Radeon HD6570 GPU.

Im running HWMonitor and various other programs and getting pretty consistent temperature results. During idle, my 4 cores are 40, 42, 43, and 46C, and my GPU is 46C.

After playing BF Bad Company 2 for just 15 minutes, its reporting that my cores are approaching 90C and my GPU approaching 85 - 90C.

Now Im pretty sure that is way too hot for a cpu, but the thing is, the computer is totally cool to the touch. There is only medium warmth coming from the vent thats blowing out air, but nothing really worrying. Now Ive owned laptops that have been hot enough to burn my skin, but this really feels totally cool. My old Dell Latitude with an old core 2 duo used to burn my legs and it ran just fine for years. Is it possible that my CPU is at 90C and the laptop feels fine? Im really not encountering any slowdowns or graphic glitches in the games... Im just extremely concerned about the reading Im getting. Is it likely that the reading is wrong? Can it be that my components are really that hot but it feels so cool to the touch? Any help would be appreciated, I really dont want this thing to fry. Thanks
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If your laptop feels cool while the component temperatures are high, that means the efficiency of your coolers and not as ideal as they should be. With your previous laptops, the amount of heat being expelled might be ridiculous but the actual core temperatures are much lower, because of a highly efficient cooler. More of the power is being expelled outside as opposed to being contained in the chip. In your current scenario, more of the heat is being trapped inside your core (so to speak) as opposed to being expelled outside of your laptop. The solution to the problem is probably not going to be very easy. You could try reapplying the thermal paste on all your heatsinks, though I doubt that is going to help efficiency by a lot. With a laptop you're very limited in choices in what you can do.
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
If your laptop feels cool while the component temperatures are high, that means the efficiency of your coolers and not as ideal as they should be. With your previous laptops, the amount of heat being expelled might be ridiculous but the actual core temperatures are much lower, because of a highly efficient cooler. More of the power is being expelled outside as opposed to being contained in the chip. In your current scenario, more of the heat is being trapped inside your core (so to speak) as opposed to being expelled outside of your laptop. The solution to the problem is probably not going to be very easy. You could try reapplying the thermal paste on all your heatsinks, though I doubt that is going to help efficiency by a lot. With a laptop you're very limited in choices in what you can do.
So do you think the addition of a cooling pad with 3 fans will make a big difference, or will that not get deep enough into the components?

I was actually able to get an average of 5C drop in max temp when gaming by propping up the back of the laptop about 2 inches. Is this a sign that the addition of the elevated laptop cooler and fans will have a decent impact on my temps?? Maybe close to 10C or so lower? I think if I could lower them by 10C I would be comfortable
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Originally Posted by joeparrilla View Post
So do you think the addition of a cooling pad with 3 fans will make a big difference, or will that not get deep enough into the components?

I was actually able to get an average of 5C drop in max temp when gaming by propping up the back of the laptop about 2 inches. Is this a sign that the addition of the elevated laptop cooler and fans will have a decent impact on my temps?? Maybe close to 10C or so lower? I think if I could lower them by 10C I would be comfortable
The thing is that the laptop being cool to the touch is bad, since that means the heat is not escaping the cpu or gpu. However, since your idle isn't that high, I would say the cause is inefficient cooling.

On the other hand, laptop components are designed to take more heat than desktop counterparts. That being said, it is still a good decision to get better cooling.
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Here is the pad that is coming tomorrow. It is raised and has 3 fans, so I feel like since bumping the back up a bit helped, this pad should do at least that plus the 3 fans should cool even more. Im hoping that this helps.



Is it safe to assume that if the games Im playing do not close and/or the laptop doesnt shutdown/restart, I am ok? Im hoping that this pad can bring the load temps down to around 75 - 80C, would that be considered acceptable to run at for a few hours? (I dont normally play games for more than 2 hours)
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