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04-21-2012 10:54 AM
Hi, i'm an happy possessor of this awesome notebook, but I have one question: when i'm playing videogames the temperature is around 70, even 80°, talking about CPU (i5 2450m) and Motherboard. Is this normale and safe, your should I need to worry and buy a fan basement or something? Thx,
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04-22-2012 08:42 PM - edited 04-22-2012 08:44 PM
Those temps are normal when gaming, but no HP laptop was ever designed for it. A gaming laptop with 2 or 3 fans would have been better.
Running any HP laptop at those temps will shorten the life of the mother board so anything you can do to keep it cool will be beneficial.
A good cooling mat will help, even lowing the ambient temperature in the room will lower it a few degrees.
Try not to game on it for more then an hour and not more the 2 hours at a time.
Keep the cooling fins clean, don't let them get clogged with dust bunnies. Get your self a can of compressed air and blow it out every couple of months.
Ounce dust accumulates in there and the fins become clogged, the compressed is less affective, prevention is key.
And of course don't use you machine in bed with it placed on the blankets, get your self a TV tray and use your cooling mat.
04-23-2012 02:52 PM
Yes, well, I use my laptop only on a tv tray, and i'm never gonna use on bed. So i'll buy a cleaning spray and a cooling mat. Could you suggest me the most reliable brands, and more important how many bucks I need to pay for a decent quality? Thank you again
04-23-2012 03:06 PM
The compressed air can be bought at any computer repair store or chain computer store. Here in Canada we have one called "Staples" or "Future Shop"
I don't use a cooling mat, but if you Google cooling mat review, there will be lots to choose from.
Some fancier ones will be made out of aluminum and are more then likely better quality.
Here is one from Targus that has three fans, a bunch of smaller fans are better then one big one.
One more thing, make sure that the mat you buy pushes the air up into the bottom of the laptop.
04-23-2012 04:26 PM
What do you mean by up into the bottom? Cause i've always wandered how these fans work; the main fan is on the rear left of the laptop so it doesn't have so much troubles in working, but the other two are one on the back center of the laptop and another at the right of the battery, in the back as well. I posted a photo to explain that. Now that I look at these photos well,it seems there are more fans... I don't understand how the cooling mat work if the laptop is on a table.
04-23-2012 07:14 PM - edited 04-23-2012 07:15 PM
Here are some reviews from Newegg, some good some bad.
This one from Targus has tall feet that allow the mat to sit high up from the table.
This allows the air to be drawn from the sides and the bottom of the mat to be forced into the laptop from the bottom.
Laptop fans suck air from the bottom and vent it out the sides. You don't want to buy a mat where it sucks the air away from the laptop fan, this would be a self defeating purpose.
We have to wait for one of the mods to approve your photo, but I am pretty sure that there is only one fan in your machine and the rest of them vents are just that, vent holes.
I could be wrong though, but ounce I see your photo I'll know for sure.
Here is my own screen shot.
The red arrow is the intake of the fan. Yellow is the exhaust and the white ones are vent holes, but there are no fans where the white arrows are.
04-24-2012 02:00 AM
Yes, yes I think you're right, yesterday night i didn't seen the laptop well, but in fact I you look a little closer you can see a fan only where you've put the red arrow. And like you said the exhaust is the yellow arrow, this explain why I feel heat on the rear of the laptop. Ok, I think i'm gonna buy the Targus you showed me. And I think i've found it on Amazon.co.uk (i'm from London). The image's little, but it seems the mat from Newegg. What do you think?
04-24-2012 07:37 AM
Truth is, I can't find (in UK) the Targus you've suggested, the only one i've found is the simple Chill Mat, not the HD3 Gaming. If I would like this mat I have to buy and send it for me here in London, and I will pay too much. I've seen another device, the Cooler Master Notepal U2. First of all, the brand is famous for reliability and the no.1 when we talk about cooling and similar stuff. It's a simple stand, but with it they give you two 80mm fans, and, more important, you can move and place these fans wherever you want on the stand. Furthermore, the price is really low, 20£. There's just one thing that I don't understand: we talked about the fact that it's important that the air must be drawn from the sides and the bottom, and forced into the laptop from the bottom. My question is: the 80mm fans of this Notepal U2 do this process? Thank you again for your help.
04-24-2012 11:51 PM
I like the fact that you can move the fans around and it's less expensive. I would also think that if one of the fans failed you could simply buy a replacement.
I would go with this one, but keep in mind it is at a permanent angle, so if this is a problem, then this is not for you.
Here is the Google search i did for it. Try and find how much noise in generates.
04-25-2012 12:55 AM
Yep in fact the movable fans are really interesting, in the matter of the angle it's fine for me, cause now I was using a simple book to obtain a similar result, Well thank you for all the suggestions and informations, today i'm gonna buy this stand and I'll tell you if it's worth buying it. Best regards,