Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174288/how-to-tell-if-your-computer-is-overheating-and-what-to-do-about-it/
Heat is a computer’s enemy. Computers are designed with heat dispersion and ventilation in mind so they don’t overheat. If too much heat builds up, your computer may become unstable or suddenly shut down.
My laptop runs at 106oC with 27 tabs in Chrome (2 windows), an ebook, a code editor, Notepad and 7-zip. I'm assuming that's normal.
That i7 in the picture sure was hot... my FX 4130 has never climbed above 25C. My Sapphire HD 7850 has never been above 50C.
I can't say if that is normal since "normal" varies from computer to computer but it certainly is hot, hot enough to probably be a concern; heck, you could cook on that! Have you looked inside to see if it needs cleaning? Some are easier to open up than others. I've seen some that worse than a Chinese puzzle ball and others, like my Lenovo G-570, that were a joy.
While Speccy is a great program and, while I use and thoroughly endorse it, I don't recommend it for monitoring temperatures while using the computer. I found it will cause BSODs while running Macrium Reflect. I use CoreTemp to monitor the cores of the CPU of both of my computers. I have it set to put the temperature of each core in the notification area where it is easily seen while using the computer, yet takes up little space. It also has an alarm that can be set to whatever threshold you want to alert you when the temperature goes too high.
In haven't bothered with monitoring my GPU yet since I don't game or otherwise stress it.
106 degree CELCIUS or FAHRENHEIT?
106F would make sense since it's about 41C but 106C....
If it's in fact 106 CELCIUS I would be VERY VERY VERY worried.
I have 3 hdd's, 2ssd's, 1 GTX780 OC'D and a i7-4770k OC'd at 4.2ghz and it goes to 60-65 degree Celcius when running Prime95 + Unigine Valley at the same time.
Sure I have a water cooler but I have the same temp's when NOT overclocking on a stock cooler...
Your temps MUST be in F...
Good point! I made the mistake of assuming Celcius.
He says 106 degree C... I'm impressed he can put his hands on the laptop and that nothing started to melt yet. I'm hoping he wanted to press F rather than C there...
106, Celcius. That's 224 in Fahrenheit. And that's normal usage. Gaming doubles the heat (haven't recorded the temperature in a game, but I plan to).
This is definitely NOT normal.
0-40C = Cold.
50-70C = Typical-ish use, still safe.
70-85C = Heavy use, consider moving to flat surface, elevating, or cooling it.
85+ = Hot! Go take a break
But eh! If it's running normally and working fine for you, so be it.
But it would freak me out.
My laptop is in the “Hot!” category about two minutes after startup...
How "old" is it?
October 12, 2012 was the day I first turned it on.
It's an Acer Aspire V3-551G.
AMD A8-4500M x4 @ 1.9 Ghz
AMD Radeon 7640G (it's also got a Radeon 7670M, but I've disabled that it the BIOS)
8 GB DDR3 1333 Mhz RAM (tried removing the 4 GB module I put in, but it's still hot)
Windows 8.1 Pro x64
The temperatures remained in the green region while the laptop was
idle. The top and bottom temperatures ranged between 27.6 and 35.8
degrees Celsius. These temperatures make it possible to work
comfortably with the notebook on the lap. At full load, the
temperature range between 27.2 to 50.3 degrees Celsius. The bottom
heats up to 50.3 degrees Celsius near the fan. The temperatures near
the left hand-rest region and the touchpad were clearly above 40
degrees Celsius. At this point, the laptop could not be used as
comfortably as before.
I'd try re-enabling the disabled card. Maybe what causes the unit to overheat since it's may have to work harder on the basic card.
But it's definitely WAY too hot.
Similar, but mine has the A8, not the A10. I'll try enabling the GPU later (it made Linux a nightmare too).
Yowch! That's hot enough to fry the fur off a frog. and you say it gets hotter when gaming? I don't see how your CPU can stand that. How are you measuring those temps?
Temp's shouldn't be different wether it's A8 or A10.
Your temps are... extreme.
I still haven't checked the gaming temps. While gaming, it sometimes shuts down. Really annoying when you finish an impossible mission, are going to the save game menu, and the laptop crashes without saving the damned game.
That's like saying Torquemada wasn't nice.
A computer/laptop that overheats will shut down to prevent further damages.
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