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Random Spikes of Power in CPU

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While watching the temps of my laptop from CPUID Hardware Monitor today, I saw that my processor's wattage(?) would spike from 15.34 to 55.04 randomly and it would happen often. Is this normal or should I be worried? While watching the monitor, it stays at 15.34 most of the time until the random spikes occur.

This is an ASUS G51JX-X2. I also have overheating issues (not really issues but it bothers me) where my CPU and GPU would idle at around 50C
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My PC idles around 45C and maxes around 75C. You have to remember that laptop cooling isn't the greatest. I doubt you have to worry about the wattage, it's just saying how much power it's drawing. Just like it would on a desktop.
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Thanks. That's good to hear. I was worried that my laptop was about to blow up!
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Laptops idle at higher temps because the cooling isn't as good. Very often the CPU and GPU share a heatpipe to the heatsink. 50C sounds a little high, but that could just be from fan settings, I'd worry more about the load temps.

The random spikes in power are from the CPU switching low power to high. Basically beckground applications are saying they need to do some processing and crank it up, if only for a couple seconds. If you have it under load it should read the higher value all the time.
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