However, as early as Monday this week, I noticed a startling change. My gaming temperature after no more than an hour in game was 97c and my new idle temperature is 69-74c. When gaming, it never seems to go below 84, and even spikes to 105c at times.
Today, I got the bright idea to get to my GPU (and while at it the CPU) to redo their thermal paste. Easier said than done, as the case designer thought it was a grand idea to put part of the graphics card under part of the case, meaning I had to completely disassemble the laptop. The bridge heat sync, however, I could NOT remove for the life of me. The second screw was so stuck I wound up just making metal shavings out of the screw head, so I gave up on that.
However, I did manage to replace the thermal paste on my CPU and GPU on the underside of my VRAM on my graphics card. Am I correct in assuming the chip (looked like a CPU, even) on the underside of the VRAM, on the video card is the GPU? Whatever the chip was on the underside (again, assuming it's the GPU) I also managed to clean off the old thermal paste and put on new. The old was still pretty goopy, but did seem aged.
My CPU wasn't running too hot, 66/65 (dual core) at worse, and now they're happily purring at 44/43 - 57/56 max. Things even react smoother. However, despite my CPU being better, my GPU just refuses to lower it's temperature. I bought a new cooler for under my laptop a couple weeks back when I was originally concerned about the heat, and often try different positions of the laptop.
I'm out of ideas. Maybe a faulty sensor? Maybe my GPU is going bad? Maybe I need to find a way to remove that broken screw on the northbridge heat sync? Any help is vastly appreciated.
Additionally, I have blown out the laptop multiple times and when disassembled, I took extra time to take an air can to every part. Only a few places like where the monitor connects to the laptop and under the motherboard was there some dust. The heat syncs are clear.
Edited by Dastreus, 15 November 2012 - 05:11 PM.