View Full Version : Mean CPU Idle temps

11-09-2011, 03:31 AM
Have had my G74SX-CST1 for a bit under 4 weeks now. Am curious about what "normal" CPU idle temps are...I will define "normal" here very loosely as your typical idle temps at or near an ambient room temperature in a typical comfort range between 68-78F.

Just looking for a ballpark figure...I figure if enough people will post these here the statistics will give us all a working range of "normal" CPU temps that we can use to monitor our own G74's cooling system condition, and tell us when its time to repaste...

I will begin...my cores (as monitored by HWInfo) are 35-39C at an ambient of room temp of about 70F (21 C).


11-09-2011, 03:49 AM
I'm at about 40C now using Entertainment Mode and Active cooling.

11-09-2011, 04:47 AM
What's Active Cooling?

11-09-2011, 05:14 AM
A setting in P4G where the fan will speed up when your cpu reaches 70c instead of your cpu throttling first. Passive cooling is the opposite.

11-09-2011, 06:51 PM
Top temps I've reached after hours of heavy playing in a somewhat warm envinroment (my cousin sweating with his rig next to me) are 72c for core 1, and others stay slightly under 70, if one can trust the sensors. Strange though that my 560gtx is clocked to 900/1800/1600 without any issues, and max temp that the gpu has reached is under 70!? Usually it's always the gpu topping up the numbers...

Edit: Idling as low as 36-38C with quiet office mode, in about 21C ambient.

11-09-2011, 08:11 PM
My idle temp seems to be around 40C. Right now I'm seeing 48C but it's not completely idle. I'll re-check later.

11-09-2011, 09:27 PM
But how do you get to Active Cooling in P4G JRD1st?

11-09-2011, 09:33 PM
Open P4G, then Advanced settings, then click the + next to Power Management, then the + next to System Cooling Policy and Voila!

11-09-2011, 09:37 PM
Ah I see, is there a way you can do this to the GPU as well? :)

11-09-2011, 09:49 PM
Nah, I don't think so. We can't even read our gpu fan speeds. It always says 100%, but it goes faster, so...

11-09-2011, 11:00 PM
Yup, idle temps are 40-45C.

11-10-2011, 04:48 AM
OK, thanks Y and JR. I feel better now: I've been leaving my notebook in the trunk of my car for a few hours each day before I come back and get it, and the outdoor temperatures here are below freezing now (0 to -5 C). I was paranoid that the heatsink on the cpu had pulled away from the processor due to expansion-contraction-expansion in the temperature changes from bringing it in and out of doors. Sounds like my idles are quite good still, so this probably hasn't happened.