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February 25, 2019.

The Struggle for Degrees: How to Reduce the Temperature of an Intel Processor in a Laptop

One of the powerful impressions of the Asus FX705 was the CPU temperature readings. Out of the box, the i5 8300H, even with, for example, surfing, heats up to 55-60C with peaks under 70C, and under load it gives almost stable 95C (at first the processor does not cut the frequency, but then drawdowns begin)! This is despite the fact that the emergency shutdown temperature for the eighth generation i5 is 100C. In addition to the unhealthy atmosphere inside the device, such a high temperature interferes with the fact that the cooling system increases the fan speed, creating unnecessary noise. At the same time, according to the monitoring data, when the video card is loaded to 95-99%, the processor is almost never loaded by more than half, so its peak frequency of 3.9 GHz in Turboboost mode is definitely excessive. We will fight this misfortune.

We will fight in three directions:

  • Let’s try to undervolting by decreasing the CPU voltage
  • Configure Windows 10 Power Profile
  • Experimenting with cooling the machine

For this, in addition to the standard operating system and Asus software, we need two programs: MSI Afterburner for careful monitoring of the situation and Intel XTU. Extreme Utility Tool for CPU power management. You can download the links on the manufacturers’ websites, both utilities are absolutely free.

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In Afterburner, the overlay output is configured in the parameters window (gear button) on the Monitoring tab. For the indicators of interest to us, you must set the Show in EDM flags so that they are displayed on the screen in games. You do not need to close the program itself, just collapse it and it will hide in the tray.

To start. literally in a nutshell, what is undervolting? From English undervolting. voltage reduction. Those. decrease in processor voltage below the nominal specified value. How is this possible? The crystals themselves are not produced exactly the same, but have a certain minimum spread of characteristics, including. voltage at which the processor can operate at nominal frequencies. In order for any stone to guarantee the declared characteristics, the manufacturer specifies the voltage with a margin in its parameters. Simplified, it looks as if different people on the same car model were given the task to drive 100 kilometers. Someone will spend 10 liters of gasoline, someone. 12, and someone else. 8. To guarantee enough, 15 are poured into the tank.

For this procedure, we need Intel’s stock Intel XTU utility. Extreme Utility Tool. Download, install, run. The program consists of two parts. a custom application with settings and a parameter monitor and a service that makes sure that the parameters are applied when the machine is running.

After launching the application, go to the Core tab and set the Core Voltage Offset parameter to a value, for example, 100 mV and apply the changes with the button on the right panel. After that, we play for a while, work in ordinary applications and load the PC with the usual work in other ways. If everything is alright. you can decrease the parameter even further. At the same time, it is not recommended to perform manipulations while heavy applications are running. It almost instantly caused a blue screen for me.

In fact, throttling is turned on not only because of the temperature of the processor itself (but it is precisely its readings that are displayed by the built-in sensors). The reason for the performance limitation may be the temperature of the components surrounding the processor, and the total heat generated by the CPU components, the so-called. TDP. The default for the i5 8300H is the TDP or TDP of 45W, with peaks up to 78W. By cutting it down, you can still slow down the processor, while simultaneously lowering the temperature. It is strongly discouraged to increase these values.

Upd. 03/09/2019: As a result of the work, I found a cant with this very XTU: when working in Lightroom, the system crashes into BSOD with the reason Driver_Power_State_Failure. over, if 6.14 starts working almost normally, you just have to turn off the undervolting, then 7.4 stably cuts down the PC after 5-10 minutes of work. Or immediately after trying to export a photo. While demolished, I will look at the effect.

Upd. 03/13/2019: I will not delve into the course of research, but it seems that suspicions have been removed from the XTU, and the program for monitoring and overclocking has composted the brain. MSI Afterburner. precisely, its setting for referring to a low-level driver and an item indicating the main video adapter. As a result, as I understand it, multidirectional commands from the OS, nVidia and Afterberner drivers drive the vidyah into a stupor. This was expressed in the fact that the vidyakha just fell off after some downtime (if you manage to start the game, then everything is OK). At the same time, there are no problems in the device manager, but when starting, for example, Tundra swears that the game cannot be launched on a video card that does not support DirectX10. I turned off the monitor and tested it as best I could. seems to work.

Upd. 03/19/2019: You will laugh, but disabling MSI Afterburner did not cure the problem. The situation when the nVidia panel stopped seeing the discrete card was repeated over and over again. A close examination of the list of installed programs revealed a suspicious obscure utility Asus GPU check. Demolished her nafig, keep on watching.

Upd. 04/03/2019: The second week the flight is normal. Vidyaha does not fall off, blue screens do not appear. Either it really was in the utility, or updating Nvidia Extreme with a driver rollback to version 418 helped. In short, I will not update the firewood without explicit evidence.

Windows Power Profile: Turn off Turboboost when idle

One of the questions that worried me was the following: Why does the processor keep the increased frequencies idle? The following question logically arises from it: How to disable Turboboost when it is not needed? The solution here is achieved by means of the operating system itself.

Open the power settings and expand the plan used. We go into additional settings, where we find the Processor Power section. We set the minimum state of the processor to any value you like, and the maximum. by 99%. Applying and evaluating changes.

Now, when working in the vast majority of ordinary applications, the core frequency is at the basic level, and the idle temperature is not higher than 50C instead of the previous 60C with peaks up to 70-75C. over, some games are also quite content with base frequencies. These include War Thunder, but Doom works strangely, starting every other time either in turbo boost mode or without it.

Cooling system and ventilation of the laptop case

Finally, let’s move on to the seemingly obvious part. setting up the cooling system and the organization of blowing the laptop. As it turned out, there are also nuances here.

In notebooks of the ASUS TUF 505/705 line, the cooling system includes three heat pipes, two radiators and two fans that blow air back. Air intake takes place through the grill in the middle of the bottom (plus one more on the side) and the grill at the top of the case in front of the screen.

Bottom ASUS FX705GD. False grilles take up almost half, but only a small strip in the center and the area on the left actually work.
How the Asus TUF cooling system works.

You cannot control the fan speed directly (moreover, you cannot even just see their speed). none of the programs allows you to access this setting, so the only way to adjust the intensity of the standard cooling. choose from three preset modes with FnF5 combination.

The fan operating modes are switched with the F5 key, but I did not notice any differences between the productive mode and the balanced mode. Above you can see the ventilation holes.

The available modes are Quiet, Balanced and Intensive. Intensive mode spins the fans to the maximum, quiet mode does not allow them to accelerate, it feels like more than half the power (if you believe the advert. 38 dB versus 48 at maximum speed). Well, the balanced one regulates the speed itself depending on the temperature. Seems simple? Nearly.

Despite the declared self-cleaning system from dust, fans and radiators are remarkably overgrown with this dust. In just a year, both were covered with a noble fur coat, which led to such normal overheating of the processor. When replacing the thermal paste, everything was cleaned and it became good.

As tempting as advertising is, the real effectiveness of most of the stands is near-zero. This is due to the fact that the fans are located on them in a certain universal way. The architecture of a particular laptop model can and does have features: placement of ventilation holes. Therefore, for the most part, such stands reduce the temperature of the case by several degrees and take away a degree or two from the processor and video chip. Considering the noise they make, the result is so-so.

What’s with her, what’s without her. the temperature of the car is about the same (/.1-2C), but with the stand turned on, the noise is much higher. Therefore, the stand plays a passive role: increasing the distance from the bottom of the beech to the table (in addition, it is more convenient to put your hands on the keyboard and its three USB ports on the right side are very handy, given that all interfaces on the FX705 are on the left).

  • Undervolting eliminated throttling under load and slightly reduced the temperature of the processor.
  • A slightly cut power plan allowed the processor to slow down to the standard 2.2 GHz in simple and simple tasks, but under load it gives out the prescribed 3.9 GHz Turboboost.
  • Finally, indirect control of the processor frequency / temperature balance through the fan operating modes allows you to select the optimal temperature mode taking into account the load.

How to manually check the CPU temperature

There are several ways you can manually check the CPU temperature. Let’s take a look at Windows 10 as an example.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to check here, so you will have to check the temperature in the BIOS (Basic Input / Output System). The BIOS is located on the motherboard and is the first software that starts up when the computer is turned on. He is responsible for ensuring that all equipment in the device turns on and works correctly.

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BIOS is present in many computers, even ten years ago, although more recently, newer computers have replaced it with the new Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which is much faster and has fewer restrictions. In any case, you can check your BIOS / UEFI when you restart / turn on your computer, when the screen shows you a hint with which key you can access these systems (usually: F12, F2, F8, ESC or DEL). By opening BIOS / UEFI you should be able to find the CPU temperature.

Thin Computer

If you have a thin computer (small system unit) or laptop, then you may notice that it heats up faster than regular computers. Manufacturers have gotten rid of fans on some of the newer, smaller devices. Although thin computers may not have fans, they still have powerful processors that can overheat. Owners of such thin computers are generally advised to purchase additional external accessories to cool thin computers.

Why do I need to check the temperature of the processor?

The microprocessor is responsible for executing commands received from hardware and software. If it is too hot, it could cause significant damage to your device. Therefore, it is considered a good habit to periodically check the temperature of the microprocessor to make sure there is no unnecessary harm to your device.

System freeze

Sometimes a crash or a sudden shutdown of your computer has nothing to do with the operation of your software and hardware. In fact, the computer is trying to protect itself. When your computer has been running for too long, it may shut down to prevent further damage.

You may also notice that the programs on your computer run slower if the processor gets hotter. When you have a lot of information on your computer, the processor has to work harder to keep up with all the information, as a result of which it heats up faster than usual.

If you want your computer to run faster, we recommend that you declutter your computer, i.e. remove old files and unnecessary programs to free up hard disk space.

How to check CPU temperature on a computer

When computers overheat, it is usually the result of a high temperature in the microprocessor (CPU), which can be caused by various factors: lack of proper ventilation, dust or defective parts. If you start to notice that your computer is getting hotter than usual, then you need to know how to check the temperature of the microprocessor.

Use a laptop stand

An effective way to increase airflow and protect your laptop is to use a laptop stand. A hard and flat surface is the best way to protect your laptop from choking. Laptop stands also hold your computer at an optimal angle for a cool and comfortable user experience.


Your computer may be too hot also because you overclocked your processor speed. Overclocking. it is a modification of the processor to achieve higher performance than originally stated by the manufacturer. Overclocking can lead to an increase in the temperature of your processor, because it is forced to work in a boosted mode, i.e. with a higher load than that set by the manufacturer.

Determine the cause of overheating

Before starting to lower the temperature of the processor, it is necessary to identify the cause of its overheating. The reasons for the overheating of the processor can be as follows:

  • The CPU of a stationary PC or laptop overheats due to a clogged cooling system;
  • The heat transfer paste between the processor and the heatsink has dried out, resulting in heating;
  • Constant heating of the CPU of a laptop or stationary PC occurs due to malware that constantly mines cryptocurrency;
  • The raw BIOS firmware does not allow the CPU to cool normally;
  • Overclocking the processor overheats it.

Clogging of the cooler of a stationary PC or the cooling system of a laptop with dust is one of the main reasons for the strong heating of the processor. In this case, you can lower the processor temperature by cleaning the cooling system. In the examples that we describe below, we will show how to lower the temperature in a laptop and a stationary PC.

Thermal transfer paste is one of the key elements to lower the CPU temperature. Therefore, after replacing it, the heating level of the processor should decrease. Usually, the replacement of the heat transfer paste is carried out when cleaning the cooling system.

Very often, users complain about the inexplicable constant 100 percent load on their laptop or stationary PC. This load on the CPU cores is due to the so-called miner virus. The purpose of this virus is to mine cryptocurrency by using the computing power of your PC. You can get rid of this virus or prevent it from entering the system with the help of a good antivirus or reinstalling the operating system.

Often, raw firmware in a computer’s motherboard is the culprit for system instability as a whole. It is not uncommon for a raw BIOS to be the culprit for high CPU temperatures You can solve this problem by installing a new BIOS firmware.

Some users achieve better computer performance by overclocking. For example, you can configure the BIOS so that the processor is overclocked. You can also configure its overclocking using the programs that come with the motherboard. During overclocking, the cooling system may not be able to cope with the cooling of the CPU, as a result of which it overheats.

I would also like to note that for determining the temperature there are such wonderful programs as HWMonitor and HWiNFO. In addition to the thermal indicators of the CPU, these programs are able to measure the temperature of the video card. Also, if you need to identify an overheating CPU, we recommend using the AIDA64 Extreme program. The program allows you to conduct a stress test, which allows you to identify overheating components. Also, the AIDA64 Extreme program can take temperature readings from the CPU and GPU sensors and display them on the screen. The image below shows the HWMonitor window with the readings taken from the sensors.

Reducing the temperature of the processor in a stationary computer

For example, we will use a desktop PC based on an Intel Core i7-6700K processor. In order for this processor to warm up less, it is necessary to clean it and replace the thermal paste. First of all, we need to remove the cooler. The cooler is detached by turning the four fasteners with a screwdriver, on which it is attached to the motherboard. It is also necessary to disconnect the cooler power cable. The removed cooler must be cleaned and put aside. After removing the cooler, it is necessary to clean the old thermal grease and apply a new one.

Now you can reinstall the cooler and secure the computer case cover.

Similarly, the thermal paste is replaced and the cooler is cleaned on AMD processors. It is also worth noting that the use of good thermal paste also has a beneficial effect on CPU cooling. For example, Arctic Cooling MX-4 20 Thermal Grease will be a better conductor than Titan Nano Grease.

Reducing the temperature of the processor in the laptop

As mentioned above, the reason for the strong heating of the laptop processor can be a dust-clogged cooling system and dried thermal paste. In most cases, laptop overheating is the main cause. In this example, we will describe the process of replacing thermally conductive paste as well as cleaning the cooling system. For example, we will take a laptop Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45.

This model is equipped with an AMD E1-6010 processor, in which the critical temperature is 90 degrees. First of all, we turn over the Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45 laptop and put it on the table, then remove the battery and unscrew the back cover.

After that, remove the DVD-ROM, hard drive and unscrew the remaining bolts and cables.

Now turn the laptop over and disconnect the keyboard and cables under it.

The next step will be to carefully remove the front panel of the laptop Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45.

Under the removed panel, unfasten all the remaining cables and unscrew all the bolts from the motherboard. After that, you can remove the motherboard.

On the motherboard, unscrew the heatsink and remove it.

Now you need to clean the old thermocouple and replace it with a new one. Also, don’t forget to clean any dust from the radiator and fan. By replacing the thermal grease and cleaning the CO, you can assemble the laptop. After assembling the Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45, you will see that the temperature of the AMD E1-6010 processor will drop significantly and the noise level emitted by the CO will also decrease.

The example shows that cleaning the CO and replacing the thermal paste in the Lenovo IdeaPad G50-45 is not difficult at all. I would also like to note that when disassembling the laptop, it can be damaged. Therefore, if you are not sure that you can disassemble it yourself, then use the services of a specialist.

How to reduce the temperature of the processor yourself

If the computer processor gets too hot, it may fail or become unstable. Therefore, for the normal functioning of the PC, it is necessary to lower its temperature. In this article, we will describe how to reduce the temperature in a laptop and a stationary computer.

Reducing CPU temperature by replacing CO

It is possible to replace the cooling system for the CPU only on a stationary computer, therefore it will not work to upgrade the CO on a laptop or monoblock. Most stationary PCs have a stock cooling system that comes with the processor. Standard coolers do not always cope with normal processor cooling. Replacing the cooler can significantly change the temperature of the processor cores. The most popular manufacturers of coolers for Intel and AMD processors are the following companies:

  • Arctic;
  • Cooler Master;
  • DeepCool;
  • Noctua;
  • Zalman.

Below are the popular models of coolers from these brands.

  • DeepCool GAMMAXX 300;
  • Zalman CNPS10X Performa;
  • Noctua NH-D15;
  • Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO;
  • Arctic Freezer 13 CO.

It is especially convenient to use these brands of coolers on computers where you are going to overclock the processor. For example, the DeepCool GAMMAXX 300 cooler will perfectly cope with the cooling of an overclocked Intel Core i7-6700K processor.

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If we talk about replacing CO on a laptop, then you will not be able to upgrade it. CO on laptop computers can be replaced only with a similar one, and then if it is on sale. Also, to help cool your laptop will help special stands for them, which have built-in coolers that provide laptop cooling.

Summing up

In the reviewed material, we tried to fully answer the question of how to reduce the temperature of the processor on a stationary PC or laptop. The examples show that lowering the temperature of processor cores is within the power of any computer user. Therefore, we hope that the material we have described will allow our readers to reduce the temperature on their PC.

Buy a new CPU cooler

A CPU cooler keeps your chip cool by dissipating heat. Your cooler may not be able to keep up with the CPU cooling as in most cases the PC comes with some kind of standard cooling hardware. In this case, you should consider replacing your cooler with more efficient cooling.

Identifying and Reducing High CPU Usage

It’s easier to get started with software solutions, so the first thing you can do in Windows 10 is press Ctrl Shift Esc and see if you have excessive CPU usage. Weaker processors can often experience more stress due to certain Windows processes and services. Therefore, look in the task manager which process or service is loading the processor and stop it. Then uninstall the program or disable the service that is loading your processor.

Replace thermal grease

Thermal paste fills in the gaps between the processor and heatsink, thereby facilitating efficient heat transfer.

To check if your processor needs new thermal grease, locate the heatsink and remove it from the processor. Wipe off excess paste, squeeze a small amount of new paste onto the processor and distribute it evenly. Install the heatsink back on the processor and monitor the temperature using Speccy or HWMonitor for several days.

Malware infection

Serious malware infection can load your processor and your system can run very slowly.

Resource-intensive malware usually causes high CPU temperatures and cooler noise. Notable examples are Bitcoin Miner viruses (Otorun, Kolab, BTMine).

In this case, it is recommended to check the system for malware with a good antivirus such as Kaspersky Internet Security, Panda Security or Norton Security. Also, it will not be superfluous to check the system for adware. In our previous article, we rounded up the 10 best free adware removal tools for Windows.

How to lower CPU temperature on a laptop

The CPU (or processor) is the brain of your computer, so it is vital that it runs well and smoothly. Under duress, the processor may start to heat up, at which point your computer may slow down, malfunction, and in the future, your central processor may die.

So, how hot does your processor get and what is the maximum temperature it should be? Ideally, the processor operating temperature should be between 30 ° C and 40 ° C, and in some cases rise to 70 ° C and 80 ° C. Anything above this, especially in the 90 ° C zone, is unacceptable. From our article you will learn how to identify the causes of processor overheating and eliminate them.

How to monitor CPU temperature

Checking your CPU temperature is easy. If you are using Windows, then the Speccy Diagnostic Tool is perfect, which will tell you everything about your PC, including the CPU temperature. HWMonitor is another great tool for monitoring CPU and GPU temperatures. You can also learn from our previous article how to check the temperature of computer components.

Mac users can try the Fanny tool, which installs as a widget in the notification center for easy access to CPU temperature and fan statistics.

Linux users can check their CPU temperature with Psensor tool.

Radiator not installed correctly

If you’ve applied thermal grease and your processor’s temperature does not drop, your heatsink may not be installed correctly.

When this happens, the heat sink is not fully in contact with the processor, which can lead to overheating.

To fix this, simply remove the heatsink and reinstall it on the processor. Make sure it is level and secure it in place with a screwdriver or with the fasteners, depending on your radiator.

Too much dust

Cleaning your computer can do wonders for temperature sensors. If your fan seems to be too fast, you may need to open your computer and clean it.

Too much dust can clog the fans and heatsink, but luckily, cleaning the inside is easy. You can use compressed air for this. From a safe distance, blow dust off the fan blades, power supply, motherboard, and all other components. In hard-to-reach places, you can use a cotton swab.

How to reduce CPU temperature

Any processor in any modern device, be it a computer, laptop, tablet or phone, emits a certain amount of heat, proportional to the power of the stone. So that the processor in your PC does not go into protection and does not knock it out, it must be constantly cooled. The more powerful the cooling, the lower the processor temperature. If you suddenly notice that the temperature is too high or the fan is constantly running at high speeds, we recommend that you read some tips to help you reduce the temperature of the processor as much as possible.

First, check the processor temperature in an application convenient for you (or use several at the same time). Take measurements in idle mode and under load, and then check the result against the processor specifications (can be found on the official website). If you are not satisfied with the result obtained, then you need to start either servicing the cooling system or replacing it.

Reasons for high CPU temperatures

Below you will find out the most common causes of high processor temperatures on your computer or laptop.

How to lower the temperature of your computer’s processor

Heavy load on the processor

If you are playing or using resource-intensive applications, your processor will overclock, increase power, and heat up. This is normal. After reducing the load, the temperature will drop automatically. If the computer is idle and the temperature rises, then some process is loading your processor. Open task manager and look at load metrics.

Old thermal paste

Thermal grease is used to fill micro cracks in the surface of the processor cover and the surface of the heatsink and thus improve contact and heat dissipation. After some time, the paste loses its properties and rather begins to impede heat removal, so it must be changed at regular intervals.

Dirty cooling system

Together with the air, the cooling fans suck in dust and other dirt. It builds up on filters, blades, rims, and heatsink, which degrades the performance of the cooling system. The temperature rises, the fan speed increases, and with it the noise and suffering of the user increases.

Severely limited space inside the case and no auxiliary fans

If the chassis is not properly vented, the air inside will heat up and the cooling system will suffocate. Therefore, it is very important to have a couple of additional fans that will bring hot air outside and draw fresh air inside.

How to reduce CPU temperature

Overheating the processor is dangerous. As a result of overheating of the processor, the computer may become unstable, suddenly restart, or even fail. Therefore, if you notice that the temperature of your processor is out of the normal range, then you need to urgently take measures to solve this problem. In this article, we will look at the possible causes of overheating, and also tell you how to reduce the temperature of the processor.

The most common cause of processor overheating is dust inside the case. Dust builds up into the radiator, covering it with a thick layer. At the same time, the temperature dissipation deteriorates significantly, as a result, the processor temperature begins to rise.

Therefore, the first thing to do in order to reduce the temperature of the processor is to clean the computer from dust. To do this, disconnect all cables and remove the side cover of the system unit. After that, you need to carefully remove the dust from the processor heatsink. The most convenient way to do this is with a paintbrush.

To clean the heatsink, it is not necessary to remove it from the processor or try to dismantle the cooler. Dust can be gently removed by inserting a brush between the blades of the cooler. If you decide to remove the radiator, then do not forget to erase the old thermal paste and apply a new one.

Another common reason for a rise in processor temperature is not a working cooler. To test how the cooler works, turn on the computer with the side cover open. Don’t touch anything, just watch how the cooler on the processor rotates. If it periodically stops, slows down, accelerates, or spins too slowly, then perhaps the cause of overheating is in it. Also, make sure that no cables inside the case interfere with the cooler during operation. If the cable hangs dangerously close to the cooler, then secure it by tying it to the case or another cable.

Also, the cooler must be checked with the computer turned off. Try to turn the cooler blades by hand. The blades should rotate quickly and effortlessly. In some cases, on Intel processors, the cooler power cable can be tightened around the cooler blades, thereby slowing down their rotation. This is clearly seen when trying to turn the cooler blades manually.

In the event of a certain malfunction of the cooler, the computer may signal a problem, reporting the error Cpu fan error.

Most modern motherboards allow you to reduce the fan speed. This is done through the BIOS settings. Enter BIOS, find and disable this feature, it will significantly reduce the CPU temperature.

If the ambient temperature is too high, then you shouldn’t be surprised if your computer overheats. It is not uncommon for the system unit to be placed under the battery, which during the heating period greatly increases the temperature inside the case, and as a result, overheating. Make sure there are no heaters or other hot objects around the computer.

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Quite rare, but nevertheless quite possible problem. Low-quality thermal paste can lose its properties over time. Therefore, if you have tried everything, but failed to reduce the temperature of the processor, then you can try replacing the thermal paste. To do this, remove the heatsink and carefully remove the remnants of the old thermal paste from the processor and heatsink. Then apply new thermal grease and reinstall the processor.

Too much or too little thermal paste

If this is your first time applying thermal paste, guessing the right amount can be difficult. Too much or not enough thermal paste will cause the computer to overheat. If overheating started after replacing thermal paste or installing a new processor, then this may be the problem. To fix this problem remove the heatsink, remove all thermal grease and reapply.

Normal laptop CPU temperature

On any computer, you need to check the temperature of the processor from time to time. over, this rule applies not only to desktop PCs, but also to laptops.

In this article, we will talk about how to check the temperature of the processor, what temperature of the laptop processor can be considered normal and how to lower the temperature if the processor overheats.

How to check the temperature of a laptop processor

It is best to use HWmonitor to check the CPU temperature of your laptop. This program is regularly updated and therefore supports even the newest laptop models.

HWMonitor software displays the current (Value), minimum (Min) and maximum temperature (Max) for each of the sensors in the processor.

In order to check the temperature of the processor under load, you can simply run HWMonitor, create a load on the processor, and then see what value was in the column of maximum temperatures (Max).

What is the normal temperature for a laptop processor

It is simply impossible to specify exactly the temperatures that can be considered normal for the processor. Processors differ quite a bit in terms of heat dissipation and high temperature tolerance. Therefore, this article will indicate the typical temperatures that are typical for processors in laptops. It is approximately:

  • up to 50 degrees Celsius in idle mode;
  • up to 70 degrees Celsius under load.

If the temperature of the processor in your laptop goes beyond these limits, then you should think about how to reduce this temperature.

If you wish, you can find out what temperatures can be considered normal for your particular laptop model. To do this, simply search the Internet for a review of your laptop model and see to what temperatures the person who reviewed the laptop managed to warm up the laptop processor. If the processor temperature on your laptop is significantly higher than that in the review, then this is a clear signal that the laptop processor is overheating and its temperature needs to be reduced.

It should be noted that you should not rely on the values ​​that were indicated in our old article on normal temperatures for desktop processors. Cooling laptops is not as efficient as cooling desktops. Therefore, one cannot count on the same temperatures. Processor manufacturers understand this as well, which is why laptop processors are generally more tolerant of high temperatures.

How to lower the temperature of a laptop processor

If you determine that the processor temperature on your laptop is clearly not normal, then you can try to lower it.

First you need to make sure that the ventilation holes on the laptop are not covered by anything. To do this, the laptop must be on a firm, level surface. No sofas, beds, or your own soft knees. If the laptop is used only on a table, then you need to check that there is nothing superfluous on the sides of the laptop, otherwise the side vents may close.

If the laptop is installed correctly, but the processor temperature is still too high, you can purchase an additional cooling pad for the laptop. These stands are equipped with fans that blow air into the ventilation slots of the laptop and significantly reduce the temperature of the processor and other components.

If you have done everything you can, but the temperature of the processor of your laptop is still far from normal, then you need to contact the service center. There may be some kind of malfunction in the cooling system. The service center will find the cause of overheating and eliminate it.

Usually the cause is dust in the cooling system and dry thermal grease. Fixing these issues is inexpensive and allows you to quickly bring your laptop’s CPU temperature back to normal.

Step 1: Prepare the cooling system

Due to the design feature mentioned above, overclocking the laptop processor requires more thorough preliminary preparation. In particular, this applies to the maintenance and modernization of the cooling system. We recommend that you pay special attention to this before starting overclocking.

Change the “native” thermal paste to a newer and higher quality third-party.

Also, consider purchasing a dedicated laptop cooling pad with built-in coolers. With the right choice, such an add-on can significantly reduce the operating temperature of your laptop.

Having carried out all the necessary maintenance and possible upgrades of the cooling system, you will not only increase the level of personal comfort when working with the device, but also provide an opportunity for overclocking.

Stage 2: Configure Windows Power Consumption

Before moving on to overclocking by multipliers and voltage, you need to set the computer to such a power consumption mode, in which it will not be “shy” to use all the energy offered to it. For this:

    Open the “Start” menu, use the search bar to find “Control Panel”, then open the desired application by clicking on its icon or by the “Open” button.

Change the value of the “View” option to “Small icons” and go to “Power Options”.

Install the “High Performance” schema.

Attention! Keep in mind that the “High Performance” mode will drain your laptop faster, even during normal operation and idle times.

With the permission to consume as much power as possible to ensure the appropriate level of performance, your laptop can run an order of magnitude faster after choosing a circuit, at the expense of taking higher average clock frequencies. However, if you want a significant increase in performance, you should do overclocking specialized.

Overclocking the CPU on a laptop

In principle, overclocking is identical on both stationary computers and laptops. That is, the overclocking scheme itself, simplified and roughly speaking, consists in increasing the values ​​of the motherboard bus multipliers, as well as the processor, and increasing the voltage supplied to the processor and the bus. There are no fundamental differences in this process, no matter what PC you have. But there is also the most important detail. the fundamental differences between the cooling system of a stationary PC from those used in laptops. In a regular computer, there are several coolers responsible for the flow of air into the system unit and, accordingly, the outlet, not to mention the separate cooling of especially hot CPU and GPU.

In laptops, the cooling system is most often represented by one cooler that blows out the heat removed through copper pipes from the processor and from the video card. That is, on laptops, more miniaturized and squeezed cooling due to design features, which is not a fact that it can cope with the increased heat generation from overclocking.

Laptop processor overclocking

Overclocking any element of a computer, from RAM to CPU, is a specific occupation, fraught with some risk, especially on a laptop. However, if you are determined to increase the performance of your mobile PC in this way, have patience and are willing to proceed with caution, then there is a chance of success. This article will cover the procedure for overclocking a processor on a laptop.

Stage 3: Acceleration

The procedure itself is performed in the BIOS or UEFI of your laptop. It is important to understand that both the motherboard and processor are overclocked and are not multiplier locked models. You can check the compliance of the components with these requirements by the BIOS itself by the present or absent settings. But if for some reason you cannot or do not want to enter the subsystem immediately, then you can check the characteristics of the components on the manufacturer’s website and on the corresponding forums dedicated to overclocking.

When your processor and motherboard support overclocking, and you have prepared the cooling system and power consumption and decided to overclock, you need to enter the BIOS, set the bus and processor multipliers, and increase the voltage supplied to the CPU. There is no difference in comparison with a stationary computer, so we suggest you read the detailed information on overclocking in our other materials using the links below.

Be extremely careful when overclocking your laptop. Increase multipliers and voltage readings gradually, in minimal increments, while doing system stability tests. Remember that a laptop is more vulnerable to overheating and power surges than a desktop computer.

In this article, we have analyzed the laptop overclocking process. By completing the steps outlined in all three steps, you will consistently ensure the required level of cooling to remove the increased heat generation, adjust power consumption for maximum performance and, finally, overclock your laptop by multipliers.