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Hunter23
09-08-2013, 04:34 PM
Hey guys, I'm fairly new to the forums and first, I want to say hello to the community. I was browsing through some topics and the community seemed really friendly.

Anyways, I recently bought myself an Asus G46VW laptop for college, for both working, gaming, and mobility. The venting is superb, as it's very efficient and powerful, and the best part is that you can't even hear it. The only downside is that because the venting occurs in the rear of the laptop, I don't think a cooling pad will necessarily help my case. Here is a picture of the cooling vents. There are very few, small vents on the bottom of the laptop, which didn't release any noticeable heat when I checked.
http://i50.tinypic.com/ivhfu9.jpg
Specifically, I was playing Battlefield 3 on almost max settings (thanks to my GTX 660M), and after a few hours playing, the game began stuttering and making weird noises, like a disc was jammed in my laptop (which is even weirder because my laptop doesn't have a disc drive). I immediately quit the game to see what the problem was. As I was checking the laptop and anything that was plugged into it, I realized the back-area of the laptop and the part of the desk it was on was searing hot. I simply unplugged the charger, put the computer on sleep, and let it cool down, which took about 5-10 minutes.

Other than lowering the amount of time I can play some games continuously and not charging the laptop while playing, what else can I do to keep my laptop cool? Again, the vents are located primarily in the back of the laptop's chassis, so a cooling pad seems pointless.
Any help is appreciated, thank you.

Clintlgm
09-09-2013, 02:22 AM
I would suggest you run Furmark (http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/furmark.html) and document what temps your GPU is getting to, Some like Burn in test (http://www.passmark.com/download/bit_download.htm)to stress your CPU, temps should be around 80C after 15 min runs.
You can use Hwinfo64 (http://www.hwinfo.com/download.php) sensors to log your temps through these test
What you are describing sounds like either your GPU or CPU or both are overheating. should that be the case you'll have to have them Re pasted
Or your just overreacting? Or you may have a bad fan? Testing will determine which

btbleasdale
09-09-2013, 12:23 PM
The hot air is pushed out the back through those large vents, and the air is drawn through those small slits in the bottom of the case, so as to draw air over the components. So a laptop cooler would definitely help!! I recommend one with an external power supply, that way your not drawing from your laptop. I can personally recommend the CM Strike Force SF-19. Kept my last 15inch alienware so cool the fans didnt even turn on when playing bf3. If you turn the fans all the way up it gets kind of loud, but I play with headphones so how loud a laptop is has never mattered to me.