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 Post subject: Laptop Cooling
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:33 pm 
Northwood
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Hey everyone. I have a Precision M2400, and it's been running pretty well for about 18 months, but it's always had a heat problem. I never really noticed it before, but somehow the GPU, a Quadro 370 (m, of course) is overheating. This isn't just dust or poor transfer, though. I just cleared out the fans, cleaned the heatsinks, replaced the terrible thermal pad with Ceramique, and it still overheats. It's not due to poor conduction, either, as the entire six-inch copper sink will heat up. Even underclocked from 580Mhz to 145 Mhz, it still gets up to 70 degrees by simply playing a movie on Netflix in fullscreen.
So, since the GPU is kind of hot, I was wondering if there was a nice way to give the current cooling system a kick in the pants. If it were my desktop, I'd just add a big-ass fan, but I'm not too familiar with laptops. Am I able to buy a new, super-powered fan that can replace the current one, as well as a better heatsink, or am I just SOL and have to buy a cooling pad?


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Cooling
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:23 am 
Little Foot
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My 720qm with 5970m gets to 84*c and I gamed on it for over a full year while I was overseas without issue. I read that laptops are designed to run hotter than normal PC's. So I just stopped worrying and keep an eye on the temps from time to time. But adding a cooler pad that blows air up into the laptop cooled it off 5*c. So I say you're SOL, lol, and buy a cooling pad that blows into the laptop unlike most which actually starve it and pull air away from the under side.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Cooling
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:57 am 
Northwood
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It's not the temperature that bothers me so much, since it won't go about 72 or so, even under 100% load, it's just that damned fan makes enough noise to make it impossible to hear anything else.


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