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Is it normal for Slim laptops to run hot?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Is it normal for slim gaming laptops to run hot?


I have a Zephyrus G501VIK with:

Intel Core i7 7700HQ

NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 Max Q 8GB


I recently replaced all the thermal pads with Thermal Grizzly Minus 8 Pads and replaced the thermal paste on the CPU and GPU with Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut and I'm 110% sure I did it perfectly and the computer still runs hot.


When I game, I leave Core Temp running and often when I run games in ultra at 120 FPS, the cores get hit 90-95°C 


Is this normal? I dont get any lag whatsoever when I game but it does get really hot when I game. It seems that these intel cpus just have a tendency to run really hot when gaming... i try undervolting and it still sometimes hits 90°C


The GPU stays around 85°C max 


I also have the computer set to "Better Performance" because if I set it to "Best Performace", the CPU will get to 98°C when gaming on ULTRA. Especially newer games like Doom Eternal. I also set the processor max to 99% to disable turbo on the CPU and it still gets to 90°C sometimes. It's weird because on Google it says its bad and that i should be thermal throttling but as i said, it NEVER lags at all and it's never shut down or blue screened on me.

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3 minutes ago, iHacKZz_v1 said:

Is this normal?

Yes. Thin laptop means there's no space for adequate cooling and thus temps tend to run hot. It's THE problem with elitebooks and thin and lights.

Be patient.

Just because a new product has come out, it doesn't mean that your thing is suddenly performing worse than it was when you bought it.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 4/9/2020 at 3:39 AM, APasz said:

It's normal.

That's what I figured. Do you think if I get pads that are more conductive, it would make a difference? 


Thermal Grizzly Minus pad is 8W/mk


I was considering getting the fujipoly extreme pads which have a higher thermal conductivity at 17W/mk but I'm not sure if it will make a big enough difference to warrant replacing the brand new thermal grizzly pads I just put in like a week ago...


Also on a seperate note. The thermal pads I out in were different on each side. One side had dots and the other side was flat. Does it matter what side is facing the ram chips vs which side is facing the heatsink? I'm assuming it doesnt but just wondering.

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Sorry for the late reply.


Could do. It's not as simple as more w/mk = better cooling.


Since you said the other side was flat, by dots do to mean dimples/divots? If so I'm not really sure why they'd be there.




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The main issue with an ultra-slim is not necessarily the TIM, as that just equates to getting the heat to the heatsink faster, but rather the intake and removal of air from the system.


If you don't move air thru the cooling unit you aren't going to cool anything.


What are you using this vanity system for anyway?  Sure it has high specs, and may be labelled as an ROG product, but an ultra-slim, IMO, is not really suited to hardcore gaming (unless you are living in a cold weather environment)



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