I forgot to mention that doing the exact same things did NOT overheat the loan pc I had from the shop and that one had a 4th gen processor, less RAM; integrated graphics.. was nowhere near as good as this new pc, yet it did not require all that power to run the same things with the same specs. Why would a more powerful pc use all of it's power to run things that a much worse pc runs just fine?
I recently posted about choosing a laptop and I went with one I found on sale that week that I had been looking at and had researched thoroughly, but thought it was too expensive. I have always made bad decisions with laptops in the past and am worried I have done it again.
It is a Lenovo Ideapad y700 17.3 inch with i7 6700HQ, 8gb DDR4 RAM, GTX 960M 4gb GPU, 256 gb SSD. Pretty much the same specs and almost the same model as was recommended in my previous thread about choosing.
So I turn it on today and first thing I did was to download Runescape NXT client. I didn't even download the browser I use, I wanted to see the PC's performance in a game.
About 20mins into playing the game I noticed the keyboard getting quite warm, so I downloaded Speccy and tracked the heat and other things.
I use a lap desk and I even put it up on 4 small tiny boxes so the bottom would have air, yet the heat went up to 71 degrees Celsius for CPU and 73 for the motherboard while just playing the game. Averaging at about 68 degrees.
I made it so that the fps doesn't go over 60 in the game and then the heat went down to an average of 50-55 Celsius.
The game is not one of the most demanding games and I am running nothing but the game and have a couple tabs open in browser. Checking the Core speed, all 4 cores run at an average of 3100 Ghz, and that just seems outrageous for it to turn on turbo boost when the game really doesn't need it. So to test it out I went into some setting and set the CPU max performance to 90% instead of 100% and indeed, the average core speed then was about 2200 GHz and the temp averages went down to about 48 degrees. But I was told that it is a bad idea to put CPU performance below 100% maximum. So I put that back up.
So trying to find other options for the pc to stop using turbo boost when the game does not require it, making my pc hotter than it should be, I found that turning battery saver mode on helps. Indeed, all 4 core speeds started to run slower from 700- 1900 jumping around a lot. Heat also went down, especially when not charging the laptop, average temperatures were at about 37-41 degrees Celsius. When charging this went up to about 44-46 degrees.
Thing is, I do not want to be using battery saver mode all the time. When researching this pc, I found multiple reviewers saying that the heat didn't go above 99 degrees Fahrenheit much, and that's 37 Celsius. Mine was at that heat at it's lowest. I did the Stress level tests that Cpuid offers and let it run for about a minute and the temperatures didn't go over 77 Celsius. Though the heat i felt coming from it was automatically noticeable.
Thing is, reading on many forums, some say that this is really good for a laptop. That many get much hotter than this. But I simply saw reviewers saying it has a great cooling system and doesn't go over that 37 Celsius much, only a bit even when gaming. And they were playing much heavier power games than me and had higher frame rates going than me. The game worked perfectly with higher frame rates, it's the heating I worried about.
So my questions are these, I'd appreciate answers to as many as possible. I have 30 days to return the pc, no questions asked.
1. Is it true that I shouldn't set my CPU performance maximum to 90%? Right now it is running on Balanced mode, 75% brightness, Runescape open and 3 tabs in Chrome and the heat is averaging about 62 Celsius for CPU, motherboard and GPU, all about the same.
2. Why does my CPU turn on turbo boost when the things I am doing do not require extra speed? I figured that it would only go up to high speeds causing extra heat when it actually needs it, but it does it all the time except when on battery saver mode. I figured it's always better to have a processor etc a little better than what you really need, more flexibility then, but I guess I was wrong. People are always saying things run better with the better hardware and it does, but it shouldn't be using all of it's power all the time.
3. Is this amount of heat normal for the little that i am doing? I figured this laptop would have a much better cooling system. I am not using much at all and there are days where I will sit for hours doing about this same thing and I worry that having it heat up long term like this will cause problems. I haven't even downloaded Lightroom yet.
I know the heat isn't terrible, but for what I am doing, I have seen people say that's a lot and if it's already heating up unless in battery saver mode, what will happen later?Other people seem to be running the same pc with higher power games and less heat.
Please consider that I know nothing of all this stuff. I am simply worried because the heat can be felt when typing, it's really warm to the touch when just typing and the lapdesk is hot so much that my legs feel the heat. This laptop wasn't cheap. I don't want to have to buy one even more expensive, though I will if that would be the solution. The laptop is fast and I like it a lot, it has many features I am very happy with. The only things I am having issues with is heat worries and turbo boost turning on (also causing the fan to turn more, when in reality it shouldn't have to because when on battery saver, the game I am playing runs just as smoothly, yet there's less heat. So the game really does not demand such high CPU speed and heat!)
I've seen on different forums that 70 degrees is really good for when doing heavy gaming, pushing your pc, but this is how hot t gets when it shouldn't demand so much. I'm worried about trying Lightroom and Cities Skylines now. I don't want to ruin the pc from overheating.