Worrying temperatures, help

Discussion in 'Processors and motherboards Intel' started by abdullah_mag, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. abdullah_mag

    abdullah_mag Active Member

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    I have an alienware m17x r4 with an i7 3720QM 2.6ghz

    I used to get a peak of 91 degrees celcius on my cpu even under load, and usually on just one core, but lately i've been getting temps up to 97, with the average core temperature fluctuating between 88 to 94 on most cores, which is abnormal.

    should i be concerned or is this normal behavior considering TJmax is 105 (vents and fan are clean)??, maybe i should just repaste??

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    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014
  2. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    Laptops usually get really hot, so its normal for you to see those temps, if it were my laptop id replace thermal paste on it, usually nets 10-20c.
     
  3. abdullah_mag

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    i know laptop run hot, but when the TJ max is 105, a 5 degrees of average temperature increase under load become something worrisome.
     
  4. Scerate

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    yep like Agent suggested, just repaste the CPU and clean everything out there too like vent in/outtakes, but don't worry with my 4800MQ Oced to 3.8Ghz i get to about 95 °C too with Linpack Stress testing even clean.
     

  5. abdullah_mag

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    that's nice n all, but i suspect my cpu may be throttling now, that's why i'm very suspicious about this new change in temps.
     
  6. Scerate

    Scerate Maha Guru

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    did you checked already the heatsink itself?
     
  7. abdullah_mag

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    yea, and cleaned it up, and the fan.
     
  8. Scerate

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    then i guess the thermal compound got bad, if you are already did that too, check what happens if you only use the battery what happens to temps
     
  9. yasamoka

    yasamoka Ancient Guru

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    If you have cleaned up the heatsink without replacing the thermal paste, then that's one reason the temperatures have risen.
     
  10. abdullah_mag

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    well ima repaste tomorrow cuz i don't have the materials, but i pray that that'll fix everything.
     

  11. abdullah_mag

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    no no, i cleaned the part of the heatsink that the fan blows into, not detached the processor itself.
     
  12. abdullah_mag

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    thanks for the replies everyone, i'll update this thread after i re-paste tomorrow.
     
  13. abdullah_mag

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    UPDATE: So I just repasted the cpu and and gpu, as well as replace thermal pads where needed, and I maybe just reduced the temps by 1 or 2 degrees.

    I guess that's my normal temps now, although it doesnt stay at 94+ all the time, it just peaks at that, but normally temps fluctuate between 81 and 92 with the occasional 94~96 (these temps are while in a stress test)
     
  14. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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    What paste did you use
     
  15. biggerx

    biggerx Ancient Guru

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    Also it's never gonna get that hot during normal use so I wouldn't worry about it if it tested stable at those temps. Should have got a Sager if you were worried about temps. Check out the cooling in my laptop. Thing stays pretty cool for a laptop.

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  16. abdullah_mag

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    i didn't do the repasting, i gave it to dell service center and they reapplied the same paste that was used when the laptop was shipped.
     
  17. abdullah_mag

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    i can't get sager here, shipping costs would be too high, and there'd be no where i could service it.

    the reason i got alienware is because it was a gift, i didn't get to choose anything.
     
  18. Agent-A01

    Agent-A01 Ancient Guru

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  19. biggerx

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    Anything is better than the stock garbage. Silver, aluminum, diamond. I'm personally attached to Arctic Silver. I've used it in a bunch of builds including my current one. I just re-did the Arctic Silver on my old Core 2 Q9550 from 2007 and it probably didn't need new thermal paste. The paste was still fresh and semi liquid. My Sager laptop has IC Diamond thermal paste, but we'll see how long that lasts. I have some Arctic Silver ready to go for it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014
  20. SLI-756

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    that lappy cooler does indeed look very nice.
     

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