Havit HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling PadSlim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans), Black+Blue

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Discussion and Reviews on Reddit

brand new Acer Aspire 5 but with super annoying fan? [R]

1 month, 3 weeks agoxmiss_anthrope posted submission on techsupport.
Feb. 6, 2020

Hey guys, Today i got my new Acer Aspire 5, 8GB, Intel i5, and i thought everything was going great but then the fan stars going and its so loud and thats the reason i bought the new laptop cause my old one makes that noice too. Is there anything i can do to fix it ? is it normal? btw i only browse and stuff i dont do heavy stuff like gaming.

I actuallzz ont want to return it cause i bought it with gift cards on amazon and i would get the money back to me on the amazon pay balance. Can i try to return it to Acer directly so they give me the money in cash or to my bank account?

1 month, 3 weeks agoxmiss_anthrope posted comment on techsupport.
Feb. 6, 2020

I would get one if the fans you can place below. You can order them on amazon and it’s got a built in USB fan super cheap and good to have. I use them on my gaming consoles. havit HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_L3cpEb0RDT2MM[pad](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_L3cpEb0RDT2MM)

Anxious user [R]

2 months, 2 weeks agoAcidinmyfridge posted submission on Windows10.
Jan. 13, 2020

Hey there guys, so recently i had a decent upgrade from i5-7200U, HD 620, 8gb DDR3 Ram and a 1 TB HDD to a new laptop with i7-9750H, GTX 1650 4GB, 16 GB DDR4 Ram and a 1 tb ssd and to say a few words damn it feels nice. So i have always have had a habit of been super anxious and overthinking everything and well the new laptop leads to me having issues lmao. So im somewhat good with tech so i know how everything works and should act so I did a stress test on the laptop for a little while and here are my results:

Main GPU (1650) Max tem at 99 percent usage = 75 c

Cpu max temp at 99 percent usage = 95 c

So as far as I know, 75 c is ok for the gpu (correct me if I am wrong) but the cpu seems a bit high and i dont know what i should do about it.

Before at idle my cpu was at 65 c which is bad bad so i watched a window optimisation video and after it it had dropped down considerably to 35-40ish which i felt a bit better about, however, im still not sure if this good or not at idle. Also, through monitoring software, i have noticed that the cpu fluctuates a lot in terms of speed so it would jump from 890mhx to 3990 and back down and in about 10 seconds this would happen 4-5 times. Could anyone let me know if this is a problem and if so how i can fix it? thanks very much in advance!

Also any other optimisation tips are very very welcome!

2 months, 2 weeks agoAcidinmyfridge posted comment on Windows10.
Jan. 15, 2020

This one here. Friend of mine has it, uses it on 15.6 laptop with a i7-9750h and 1660ti. Temps are 15-20 degrees lower. It has 2 usb ports in the back and also a power switch.
It's also available on german amazon in case you're ordering from within the EU.

Best games in MacOS? [R]

2 months, 3 weeks agomy45acp1911 posted submission on mac.
Jan. 2, 2020

I have a Mac Pro 5,1 with an RX580 so hardware can handle pretty much anything. I tend to like FPS like CS:GO, RPG like Skyrim and fable, and sports games. What are some fun games? Free is better.

To clarify, I want games actually built for MacOS or official ports, don’t want to run emulators as I’ll be running bootcamp at some point as well.

2 months, 3 weeks agomy45acp1911 posted comment on mac.
Jan. 2, 2020

I think so. People build monster machines just to play minecraft. I've played on a couple iMacs over the past 5 years, my last apple laptop was my old mid 2007 MBP. However, when I have played the java version on my windows laptops the fans kick on full blast and the laptops get toasty -like they do with many other games. When I play most games on a laptop I use a coolpad.

100% cpu usage on start up [R]

7 months, 1 week agodamonsoldat posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 20, 2019

Hello all i have a MSI GS63VR 7RF(Stealth Pro) , and I have been running into CPU max usage while only having one program running when I go to task manager Google chrome is using 70%, and it jumps from other programs such as task manager. I have attached a view screenshots of a random program running int he background, and hope to find answers.

I have also disables all starting programs, did a full refresh install of windows.

as you can tell by my shitty writing I'm pretty upset and please let me know what other info is needed, thanks all!

7 months, 1 week agodamonsoldat posted comment on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 21, 2019

I will definitely check my fan speed. I do keep the laptop clean and have it on a laptop cooler. Actually now that I think about it, this problem started when I got this usb powered laptop cooler.

Havt HV-F2056 15.6-17 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) (Black+Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hqmxDbHGK1CS1

Is it alright for the underside of my laptop to run so hot? [R]

8 months ago333Beekeeper posted submission on techsupport.
Aug. 2, 2019

My laptops underside is getting hot, like really hot, but I check the temperatures and the cpu hovers around 70-80 under heavy load and 40-50 idle. Is it normal for laptops to get hot on the underside?

8 months ago333Beekeeper posted comment on techsupport.
Aug. 2, 2019

Get a laptop pad to circulate the heat: Havit HV-F2056 15.6-17 Inch Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) (Black+Blue) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_AG-qDbZESWK4R

GPU causing FPS stutter? (Nvidia MX150) [R]

8 months, 2 weeks agozaylivinglive posted submission on techsupport.
July 18, 2019

Found this out while gaming awhile back. Every interval of what seems to be 2-3 seconds or so there would be an FPS drop/spike, and I don't know what's causing this. I've tried MSI Kombuster and UserBenchmark and while UserBenchmark didn't say much other than the fact that my MX150 was underperforming I noticed that the latency/MS on the kombuster benchmark kept spiking and this matched every time an FPS drop happened. These FPS drops in games only last for a split second but are at a constant interval.

Additionally the GPU temperature was at 82C/179F while running the Kombuster benchmark. I'm struggling to understand what's going on and this is heavily impacting my enjoyment of the games that I'm trying to play. I don't know why the FPS spikes are happening and why the GPU seems to be underperforming. Help would be appreciated

8 months, 2 weeks agozaylivinglive posted comment on techsupport.
July 18, 2019

I would say that basically confirms that it is thermal throttling. Unfortunately, laptops just have this issue and there is little to do to correct them. You can try buying a aftermarket laptop cooling pad like this, Or alternatively you can see if your laptop has a fan controller and just crank the fans up to max. Otherwise your only other options are under-clocking the CPU or just turning you game settings down :/

I guess running a laptop for you server has limits... [R]

8 months, 3 weeks agoExplodingLemur posted submission on homelab.
July 6, 2019


8 months, 3 weeks agoExplodingLemur posted comment on homelab.
July 6, 2019

Add somecooling! :)

LPT: Cooling racks (like for cookies) are great for putting under a laptop, it improves airflow and can protect the laptop from liquid spills on your desk/table. [R]

10 months agoWhichWayzUp posted submission on LifeProTips.
June 2, 2019
10 months agoWhichWayzUp posted comment on LifeProTips.
June 2, 2019

Or, you know, just leave your cookie rack to the cookies and buy one of these for your laptop.

My laptop also catches fire. [R]

10 months, 2 weeks agoLOSS35 posted submission on dankmemes.
May 15, 2019
10 months, 2 weeks agoLOSS35 posted comment on dankmemes.
May 15, 2019

[Crack Watch] Weekly question thread [R]

1 year, 1 month agojmacloky87 posted submission on CrackWatch.
Jan. 29, 2019

Ask any question you like

1 year, 1 month agojmacloky87 posted comment on CrackWatch.
Feb. 5, 2019

i found this. appears to be a small debate on the effectiveness, most say elevate should be good, because you need airflow going into the laptop, so maybe i could use one of these and just build my own bottom for the laptop with more vent slots.

New 2018 MacBook Pro with Vega 20 is a beast and I love it! #allblackeverything [R]

1 year, 2 months agoehong61 posted submission on mac.
Jan. 3, 2019


I've used Apple products for a long time but this is my first time getting a Mac. It is one of the best decision I have ever made. The user interface and the "ecosystem" that everyone talks about is flawless and lives up to the hype!

I got the 2018 MacBook Pro 15 inch, i7 2.6 ghz, 16gb ram, Vega 20, 500 GB for around $2700 brand new which I think was a very good deal from Adorama (thank you apple insiders)

If anyone has any questions about benchmarks or gaming performance please leave a comment below and I will try them out for you!

Also, I had a 2018 iPad pro 12.9 inch but it was bent out of the box :( so waiting for a new one to ship soon to further complete the setup! Let me know if you have any recommendations for other Apple products!

1 year, 2 months agoehong61 posted comment on mac.
Jan. 4, 2019

Cooling pad for dell inspiron 15 5547 [R]

1 year, 5 months agoKroms posted submission on Dell.
Oct. 29, 2018

Hi all, recently received my 15 5547 dell laptop. The airflow vents is situated right on the bottom of the laptop. So if i keep it on, say a table it overheats quick. I am looking for a good cooling pad for this model. Please help, thanks!

1 year, 5 months agoKroms posted comment on Dell.
Oct. 30, 2018

I bought this for my XPS 15 and its working quite well. I have to use a USB to USB-C adapter, but seems to help with the laptop on surfaces with bad airflow. https://www.amazon.com/Havit-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=lp22438620111_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1540877794&sr=1-1

Laptop advice. Buy or repair? [R]

1 year, 5 months agoTrey5169 posted submission on computers.
Oct. 28, 2018

I'm tired of my laptop feeling like it's on fire and on life support while I use it. It's an XPS 15 L511Z I bought in 2012. It's had a tough life I did not take good care of this poor thing. I download whatever I wanted without a second thought, I spilled water on it and fried the keyboard and it's never been opened and cleaned. But I'm also cheap and like DIY stuff so I was thinking instead of buying a new one I could try to give this guy the life he deserves for not dying all this time. I do my heavy lifting on my desktop so this is mostly for browsing online, netflix, word and some light game development with Unity.

Here's what I'm thinking for replacements


(I've been using a USB keyboard since the water incident 4 years ago)


New Battery:

(It lasts about an hour rn)


New Fan

(It feels like the sun is on your lap rn)



(I've read that any standard 2.5" SATA SSD will work.)


Possibly update the RAM as well I'm not sure about the cost/reward on that one or if the old motherboard will be able to use it so any advice there would be great.

It looks to me like I can do all this and I will have a pretty decent machine at the end without spending too much. I've looked at some iFixit guides and it doesn't seem super difficult.

I'm nervous about spending the money and it still sucking or some of the pieces not fitting or the repair going wrong and making things worse.

Any advice on any of it would be great and thanks for reading!

Here is the current setup:

Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1


Intel Core i7 2620M @ 2.70GHz   67 °C

Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology


8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)


Dell Inc.   63 °C


Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])

Intel HD Graphics Family (Dell)

2048MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M (Dell)    55 °C

ForceWare version: 267.21

SLI Disabled


698GB Western Digital WDC WD7500BPKT-75PK4T0 (SATA )    40 °C

Optical Drives



Realtek High Definition Audio
1 year, 5 months agoTrey5169 posted comment on computers.
Oct. 29, 2018

I would advise against buying a new fan. Chances are some compressed air to the cooling system (to get the dust out of there) will be all it needs in order to cool off effectively. Just hold the fan still when blowing it, you don't want to spin it up really fast.

If you're going in that deep anyhow, you may as well pull the heatsync off the CPU and apply new thermal paste. That would be much more effective than replacing the fan. (You should still clean the dust out of the vents though.)

Everything else seems readily replaceable. Just make sure your hands aren't oily, and don't accidentally break any of the connectors or plastic.

Edit: Also I would personally leave the ram at 8 GB. Even if the motherboard supports it, the cost of RAM right now really nullifies the gains you'd get, especially since you are only browsing netflix / youtube / etc. and already have 8 gigs.

Also, if you want the laptop to feel cooler on your lap, consider a cooling pad of some kind. Even if the pad fans are off, the space cushion alone helps the laptop keep itself cool.

GTX 1050 vs MX150 for very light gaming [R]

1 year, 5 months agolegos45 posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Oct. 19, 2018

I have found laptops that suit me well that have the MX150 as opposed to GTX 1050. As someone that will only be playing fortnite, will it affect me for going for the mx150 option provided everything else about the laptop suits my needs?

I do of course want to future proof my laptop however and thinking if it is a wise move to instead go for the 1050 options.

My main usage will be watching Netflix and doing school work but I find the 1050 laptops lacking in build quality and professionalism aesthetics wise

1 year, 5 months agolegos45 posted comment on SuggestALaptop.
Oct. 19, 2018

If you do plan on playing games for a long period of time, consider a cooling pad to increase circulation.

I’d say 5-6 hours for browsing on the Internet.

The screen is okay, it’s labeled as IPS-level so I would expect just a bit better than TN. It should be fine for regular use.

Dell G7 7558 vs Acer Predator Helios 300 vs Acer Predator 17 [R]

1 year, 5 months agoBestBeating posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Oct. 14, 2018

Hi! So I can't decide on what to buy among these 3 laptops. So I am looking for suggestions. Priorities on picking a laptop are gaming with high or ultra high settings > portability > most "future proof" of the 3. These are the specifications of each laptops:

DELL G7 7558 15.6-inch FHD i7-8750H GTX 1060 max-q 6GB 16 GB RAM 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 15.6-in FHD 144Hz IPS Widescreen Display i7-8750H GTX 1060 6GB 16 GB RAM 256GB PCLe NVMe SSD

ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 17 17.3-in FHD widescreen IPS display with G SYNC i7-7700HQ GTX 1060 6GB 16GB RAM 256 SSD + 1TB HDD

Thanks for your response :)

Edit: Helios 300 and 17 costs the same and dell is $100 cheaper.

1 year, 5 months agoBestBeating posted comment on SuggestALaptop.
Oct. 14, 2018

Acer Predator Helios 300 its not the coolest laptop, but its a newer model with dual all-metal AeroBlade 3D Fan Cooling system, and if you are thinking to use it always for a heavy loads maybe its cheaper to choose right cooling pad for about $20-30 like this and you will solve this problem.

Are there any lesser-known ways to speed up the game? [R]

1 year, 5 months agoScientificMeth0d posted submission on Stormworks.
Oct. 12, 2018

I have a GTX 1050 2GB, 7th-gen Core i7 7700HQ, and 16GB RAM. It’s a laptop, by the way. I want to run larger ships with getting at least 30 FPS (I usually get 15-20 FPS with medium-sized ships). Any methods? I’ve turned off wildlife, ocean plants, turned down shading quality, etc.

1 year, 5 months agoScientificMeth0d posted comment on Stormworks.
Oct. 14, 2018

Honestly I think the game is not quite optimized yet and I totally accept the fact that if I run larger ships I get about 20-30 fps.

If cleaning out the vents is still not working perhaps look into trying out a laptop cooling pad, like this one. I personally don't own one but seems like a good choice especially if your laptop runs hot.

Current Work Setup [R]

1 year, 6 months agoedge_basics posted submission on thinkpad.
Oct. 1, 2018
1 year, 5 months agoedge_basics posted comment on thinkpad.
Oct. 1, 2018


It's nothing special, just a cheap cooling pad. I didn't want to spend the money on an actual docking system, so I bought that and a USB-C hub for all my peripherals.

Thanks for the compliment by the way!

This guy put his laptop on balcony and plays from inside because it overheats when he plays games [R]

1 year, 6 months agozapbark posted submission on gaming.
Sept. 23, 2018
1 year, 6 months agozapbark posted comment on gaming.
Sept. 23, 2018

A laptop fan/stand costs about $20.


Generally the entire bottom of a laptop acts as a heat sink, so blowing air on that will keep it cool enough, sometimes even when the internal fans are malfunctioning.

You wana play some dotes but your laptop overheats like helll [R]

1 year, 6 months agouigsyvigvusy posted submission on DotA2.
Sept. 14, 2018
1 year, 6 months agouigsyvigvusy posted comment on DotA2.
Sept. 14, 2018

GS63VR Heating Problems [R]

1 year, 6 months agoniceguyjin posted submission on MSILaptops.
Sept. 8, 2018

Kind of regret buying this because Customer Support is terrible for this company. Each time I call the person is so rude. Anyways, when I play Dragon Quest XI for maybe 20 minutes, the temperatures read 90C for my GPU and CPU. I feel like that is too high for that short amount of time. I'm not sure if I should contact support on Monday to see if this is a problem that my warranty can fix. it is up in January thank god.

I read updating Bios will help but I'm not computer savvy to know how. I do not want to do anything that will void the warranty. Any advice appreciated

1 year, 6 months agoniceguyjin posted comment on MSILaptops.
Sept. 9, 2018

This is the one I got. Nice and quiet, and gets good airflow if you raise the 2 back feet. The laptop sometimes slides down so I might mod it with some little stick-on plastic stoppers.

is cooling pad necessary for 8th gen gaming laptops? [R]

1 year, 6 months agolegos45 posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Sept. 8, 2018

I plan on buying a gaming laptop(asus rog gl503ge), and since high temps can’t be avoided in gaming laptops, i thought of buying a cooling pad as a solution for it. Does having a cooling pad make a difference when gaming?

1 year, 6 months agolegos45 posted comment on SuggestALaptop.
Sept. 8, 2018

Yes, a cooling pad definitely helps. I recommended my friend this specific one and it works well.

Looking to buy my first gaming laptop to get into MMOs need some advice on specs. [R]

1 year, 8 months agosvbcat posted submission on MMORPG.
July 30, 2018

Yes, I could build a pc for much less and get better performance. However my laptop recently died and I need one for my senior year of college so I figured I could kill 2 birds with one stone and get a gaming laptop.

At the moment best buy is currently have a deal for an Acer Nitro 5 with a gtx 1050ti and an i5-7300hq for $599. Are these kinds of specs good enough to run big mmos? I'm not looking to run things on epic or ultra settings. I just want to be able to run things on medium 1080p settings at as close to 60fps as I can (most likely lower in heavily populated towns). If you have other suggestions for laptops my hard limit is $700. Thanks in advance.

Edit: sorry if this is the wrong place to post this

Edit 2: some mmos I'm looking to play, ffxiv, black desert, guild wars 2

1 year, 8 months agosvbcat posted comment on MMORPG.
July 30, 2018

I just bought that same laptop for school/gaming as well. It was actually on sale for $579 on Saturday. I went ahead and bought this cooling pad because apparently it overheats very easily https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNMB3KS

Can I run EVE Online on macbook air ? [R]

1 year, 9 months agonetgamer7 posted submission on Eve.
June 22, 2018

Would like to jump in, but not sure if Ill have performance issues

1 year, 9 months agonetgamer7 posted comment on Eve.
June 23, 2018


Those blue fans sure do help cool the laptop! I mean.... gotta have it!

Seriously, spot on. Cooling pads let me multibox a ridiculous amount of shit on two macbook PROs, one with a builtin GPU seems to do better (CPU is "worse" also, but overall performs better). Go figure.

Can I run EVE Online on macbook air ? [R]

1 year, 9 months agoDran_Arcana posted submission on Eve.
June 22, 2018

Would like to jump in, but not sure if Ill have performance issues

1 year, 9 months agoDran_Arcana posted comment on Eve.
June 22, 2018

RB15 Cooling Pads [R]

1 year, 9 months agoJewsusKrist posted submission on razer.
June 19, 2018

Has anyone used a cooling pad for their RB15, or one in general and found it useful? I'm thinking about repasting based on what I've read and possibly even going the LM route, but if there's a cooling pad with a nice, sleek form factor that fits well with the RB15 I'd consider that in addition.

Any suggestions?

1 year, 9 months agoJewsusKrist posted comment on razer.
June 19, 2018

I am talking about Cooling Pads..not thermal pads. This is a cooling pad: Havit HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cmswrcpapa_GVukBbPF8WJV3

Laptop gaming in the summer [R]

1 year, 9 months agoEdrondol posted submission on pcmasterrace.
June 5, 2018
1 year, 9 months agoEdrondol posted comment on pcmasterrace.
June 5, 2018

Laptop cooler. Runs on USB power.

Need help: Which one should I buy? XPS 15 9570 4k or Gigabyte Aero 15Xv8? [R]

1 year, 10 months agoKrywulf117 posted submission on laptops.
May 18, 2018

Hello everyone,

I am about to buy a new laptop for mostly Adobe Programs (After Effects, Premiere, Illustratior, Photoshop) - maybe in the future also for Cinema4D. I won't use the laptop for gaming so much but more for content creation.

I could get the new XPS 15 9570 4k with 32gb Ram and 1 TB - for around 2.360 Euro (with Student Discount). Does anybody know which brand of Ram and M.2-PCIe-SSD Dell would put inside?

My other option would be the Aero15Xv8 with 1070 GTX, but the issues on reddit scares me to buy it. I would get the 1080p screen (2.500 Euro) or 4k (2.650 Euro).

If someone would share me their opinion, I would be happy to know.

1 year, 10 months agoKrywulf117 posted comment on laptops.
May 18, 2018

I use this, but I did make a ticket to gigabyte (before I fixed my issues using undervolting) and they recommended this pad which might help a little more (but I don't like the gamer look). The main thing the pad does it get the bottom away from a flat surface which helps a lot since the intake fan on the bottom need breathing room. Depending on your thermals it should not be loud, I'm not a content creator, but during demanding games I now get about 70C and the fan stays relatively quiet. I would advise you buy from an authorized reseller and have them repaste the CPU/ GPU with Liquid Metal for you, this will help thermals even more (I wish I had it done).

Simple Questions - May 15, 2018 [R]

1 year, 10 months agoGunmetalz posted submission on buildapc.
May 15, 2018

This thread is for simple questions that don't warrant their own thread (although we strongly suggest checking the sidebar and the wiki before posting!). Please don't post involved questions that are better suited to a [Build Help], [Build Ready] or [Build Complete] post. Examples of questions:

  • Is this RAM compatible with my motherboard?
  • I'm thinking of getting a GTX 1070. Which one should I get?
  • I'm on a very tight budget and I'm looking for a case < $50

Remember that Discord is great places to ask quick questions as well: http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/wiki/livechat

Important: Downvotes are strongly discouraged in this thread. Sorting by new is strongly encouraged.

Have a question about the subreddit or otherwise for /r/buildapc mods? We welcome your mod mail!

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1 year, 10 months agoGunmetalz posted comment on buildapc.
May 16, 2018

Laptops are so bad for thermals. 82 is probably not going to permanently damage the parts, but couple that with the laptop is now heating your hands, which don't have airflow, and now the fans have to work even harder. Consider purchasing a USB laptop cooling pad if you really want to game on ~~an inferior machine~~ work-oriented device.

Where to buy Gigabyte Aero 15X from? [R]

1 year, 10 months agoKrywulf117 posted submission on gigabyte.
May 6, 2018

Hi All!

I am a computer nerd an dam looking to buy the new Aero 15X from college. Have been waiting for the money to buy this laptop for quite a while so I have been able to read a lot of people's complaints and general thoughts on the laptop..

Some of the things I am prepared to do:

  1. Undervolt CPU
  2. Repaste Thermal Compound
  3. Fresh Install of Windows and Drivers

Now of course being the nerd that I am, I have done my research and read all of your problems with the laptop, but am still willing to go through with the purchase as it will benefit me greatly in the long run. So if you all could help me with the following things. Where to buy thermal paste from/how to get "deep enough" into the laptop to repaste and how to undervolt that would be great, because I haven't had much experience with PCs yet, but do know a lot about hardware and how it should all work and what temps are reasonable. Are there any other things you all would recommend me to do besides the ones listed above? Additionally where should I buy the Aero 15X from, because I know there are multiple retailers offering different specs. I just want the base (as it is all I have the money for), but am willing to upgrade the storage and repaste the CPU.

1 year, 10 months agoKrywulf117 posted comment on gigabyte.
May 7, 2018

I got mine from Amazon, but I would recommend getting it from an authorized reseller (like HIDevolution). They can do a LM repast for you which won't void the warranty since it is done through them (do not repaste yourself since this voids the warranty and if you use LM you can easily short your device and be out $2300). I was getting temps in the low 90Cs on the CPU so I bought a laptop pad which dropped my temps to the mid 80s (the intake vents on the bottom so this laptop really does need a laptop pad with some fans preferably). You can use Intel XTU to undervolt the core volt offset and Graphic offset by \~.140mv to -.160 mv (mine is set at -.150 with no issues). Here's a guide if you've never done it before.

Anybody actually happy with their Aero 15x? [R]

1 year, 10 months agoKrywulf117 posted submission on laptops.
May 6, 2018

The Aero 15x seems pretty much perfect on paper, but I have seen nonstop posts about issues people are having. BSOD and hardware problems seem the most troubling.

I have preordered one of the 4K 15x’s, but I’m second guessing now, in favor of maybe the XPS.

Any positive experiences?

Does the trackpad suck as much as it sounds like it might?

1 year, 10 months agoKrywulf117 posted comment on laptops.
May 7, 2018

For anyone that is having issues with thermals try using a laptop pad. Since the intake vent in on the bottom this laptop is going to get very hot if you don't prop it up which is easily fixed by using a laptop pad. Even with this 20$ pad I went from \~93C on the CPU in game to high 70s to mid 80s.

Will be getting a desktop upon graduation. Beforehand I would like to thank my 15r3 for its service in providing me a desktop-like feel to my games and to my setup. I will always love Alienware! [R]

1 year, 11 months agoTexxas_Cowboy posted submission on Alienware.
April 28, 2018
1 year, 11 months agoTexxas_Cowboy posted comment on Alienware.
April 29, 2018

Comfiest setup for gaming laptop? [R]

1 year, 11 months agoApril 24, 2018


1 year, 11 months agomythrilguy posted comment on buildapc.
April 24, 2018

Get something hard to put under your lap could work, or even a laptop cooler stand that goes under it that has some fans to help cool it off some.

Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cmswrcpepdpWw13AbY40NA4N

Heavy Frame Rate Drop [R]

2 years, 1 month agoNattaKBR120 posted submission on Planetside.
Feb. 25, 2018

After about 5-10 minutes of gameplay, I experience heavy frame rate drops, from 40-60 FPS to 10-20 FPS. It makes the game pretty much unplayable after a very short amount of time, so does anyone have any fixes for this issue?

2 years, 1 month agoNattaKBR120 posted comment on Planetside.
Feb. 25, 2018

Try razercortex and close all programs in your background. I play this game on both laptop and desktop and get better fps on laptop :'D.

(1) don't play on a carpet like surface you laptop might need fresh/cool air. Clean the laptop parts so that it might pull enough air. buying a laptoop cooler stand (I have one and I also always check/monitor temperatures with MSI afterburner on my laptop which warks fine) might help:


(2) buy and add more ram to your system or use ccleaner (free version is enough to clean your RAM) for more free ram.

(3) Play with your settings but at least turn down shadows.

(4) Buy better hardware which I don't recommend because its costly right now due to high GPU prices and ram prices (save money by using unactivated windows 10 and everything thats > or = i5 or ryzen 3 paired with gtx 1050/gtx 750ti/ rx 460/560 + 8 gb ram will work just fine)

PC players - is anyone experiencing rather high temperatures? [R]

2 years, 1 month agocheesecakerulez posted submission on kingdomcome.
Feb. 19, 2018

Just wondering if anyone is experiencing high GPU temperatures when playing KCD. I am running a 1060 6GB on High settings, getting anywhere between 40-60fps at any given time, which I am satisified with for now. BUT, my GPU has been running extraordinarily hot when playing KCD, sitting in the main menu after starting the game results in my GPU hitting 80c with a very aggressive fan curve (90% at 70c).

This is not the case with any other games I play, only KCD. Just wondering if I was the only one experiencing this or not?

2 years, 1 month agocheesecakerulez posted comment on kingdomcome.
Feb. 19, 2018

Mine will get hot enough to throttle after a little while, which lowers FPS quite a bit. This laptop cooler I bought a while ago keeps it from ever throttling, and the FPS higher.

Help me find a gaming laptop under 1800€! [R]

2 years, 2 months agoJuicer_Juicington posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Jan. 28, 2018
  • Total budget and country of purchase: 1500-1800€ sweden

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Good battery life, good screen and keyboard

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? weight doesnt really matter, thickness idk, under 5cm?

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows 10+

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. A big screen, maybe 16+?

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. SLOBS, Camtasia Studio 9, Fraps, GTA V, CS:GO, and some more that I rarely enter

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? GTA V and CS:GO at ultra 70fps+

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Good keyboard. Im gonna bring this with me when I want to go on a trip or go to a friend and game.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Please get a laptop thats worth the money.

2 years, 2 months agoJuicer_Juicington posted comment on SuggestALaptop.
Jan. 28, 2018

No problem. This is the one I had bought when I first got the Helios 300. I've had it for about 7 months and it hasn't crapped out on me. It's also a relatively quiet.


Cooling stand for 15r3 [R]

2 years, 2 months agovonwhite61 posted submission on Alienware.
Jan. 13, 2018

Have a cooler master u3 currently, but it's slightly large, does anyone have any other recommendations?

2 years, 2 months agovonwhite61 posted comment on Alienware.
Jan. 13, 2018

I got this one,

Cooling Pad, HAVIT 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler with 3 Fans, 2 USB Ports, Blue LED Lighting (F2056) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS?ref=yopopma_swf

Works a treat and it’s cheeeap

Not much but my recent ascension. [R]

2 years, 2 months agoBoombachacha1 posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Jan. 6, 2018
2 years, 2 months agoBoombachacha1 posted comment on pcmasterrace.
Jan. 6, 2018


It runs fine without the pad but did throttle for small increments on gta five after 6 hours.

Questions about an older Gen gaming Laptop and Star Citizen [R]

2 years, 3 months agoInSOmnlaC posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Dec. 24, 2017

Greetings fellow Ascended! With the release of the Star Citizen 3.0 patch, requiring some of the most demanding hardware requirements we've seen since Crysis. I find myself lagging slightly behind in the race for ultimate-FPS and have a few questions.

I have a Dell Inspirion 7559 Laptop with a Core i7 6700HQ @ 2.6 GHz, 960m geforce GTX, 12GB RAM, and 1 TB HDD and a 60w adapter (i'll mention this later)

Here are my questions: 1) Do you think I will be able to play Star Citizen with this set up?

2) If not, what would be the first thing I should upgrade? More ram or get an SSD? Do you think that would be enough to play Star Citizen comfortably?

3) Or should I finally overcome my fear of building a computer, sell this laptop, and ascend to the max?

4) I know this is going to sound stupid. But here it goes. Do you think my 60w adapter is having a negative effect on my gaming? I believe this laptop requires 135w. Should I upgrade this as well?

5) Where can I find the cheapest SSD and only 1 stick of 8gb ddr3 ram for a laptop?

Star Citizen System Requirements: OS: Windows 7 64-bit ( Windows 10 64-bit recommended) CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz RAM: 16 GB System Memory GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory (4GB RAM strongly recommended) GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti or Radeon R7 360X HDD: TBA (SSD strongly recommended) API: DirectX 11

Thanks for all your help!

Edit: I forgot to mention. I play the Arena Commander (single player) mode in Star Citizen just fine. I usually get anywhere between 30 - 60 FPS, with occasional dips. However, when I join the online Universe Mode. This is when I begin to see 7 - 15fps. Any ideas?

2 years, 3 months agoInSOmnlaC posted comment on pcmasterrace.
Dec. 25, 2017

Here's a couple options:

You're looking for something quiet (bigger fans = quieter). Also look for ones that can angle the laptop upwards if you want that sort of thing.

Do i need a fan for my gaming laptop [R]

2 years, 3 months agoAirsickclock posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Dec. 25, 2017

I bought a gaming laptop with a 1060 and i7 for 1200 bucks. Do i need a laptop fan cooler thing to help cool it? I plan on playing gta 5 with medium and csgo and the sort. I know they only cost like 50 bucks but having to carry one around would be annoying and weird. Help a homie out!

2 years, 3 months agoAirsickclock posted comment on pcmasterrace.
Dec. 25, 2017

get something like this ,if you want to spend more on a better model go for it

[Request] (USA) This is a terribly huge longshot, but might anyone be able to donate, or purchase a laptop cooler for my disabled, and recovering Aunt? I'm a bit broke after covering her bills while she's out of work, and she sure could use one. [R]

2 years, 3 months agoDec. 3, 2017


2 years, 3 months agonomnaut posted comment on GiftofGames.
Dec. 3, 2017

Since I’m still up (grad school be damned apparently), send me a PM and so we can get the ball rolling. I’m on chicago time fyi. I’m thinking this. 4400 reviews and nearly five stars, Amazon Choice, Prime eligible. She’ll receive it very quickly. If she’s in a city, I️ can do Prime Now.

[Image] My PS4 gets loud sometimes, does it have enough room for ventilation? [R]

2 years, 4 months agozp42 posted submission on PS4.
Nov. 22, 2017
2 years, 4 months agozp42 posted comment on PS4.
Nov. 22, 2017

I was having issues with my PS4 so I popped off the cover and cleaned it out, but it didn't help improve the issue. Later I found some videos and discussions of modifying the case. I ended up taking off the bottom of the case and drilled holes and installed a PC 80mm grill/filter and then put it on a Laptop cooler. I haven't had any problems with it since them.



Black Friday/Cyber Monday? [R]

2 years, 4 months agoExcisionBC posted submission on Sager.
Nov. 16, 2017

I've been looking at some Sager laptops to replace my 2014 Lenovo Y410p which recently died (specifically the NP7850 and the NP8950) and I was wondering if Sager does any Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals? I'd love to get the NP8950 but $1499 is a little too much for my budget. Thanks in advance

2 years, 4 months agoExcisionBC posted comment on Sager.
Nov. 17, 2017

Do you think a cooling pad would be sufficient for the slim model? I was looking at a Havit pad because I need a slim laptop for portability and work while also having the power for gaming at home.

[Question] Acer Helios 300 heating problem? [R]

2 years, 5 months agomert61 posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Oct. 21, 2017

I’ve had my Helios 300 for 3 months now and after playing PUBG for only 20 mins today it went to 95C and averaged around 88/90C according to Predator sense app. Is this bad?

Here’s a link to the laptop: Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, VR Ready, 15.6" Full HD, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Red Backlit KB, Metal Chassis, G3-571-77QK https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y4GZS9C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_iq-6zb907Y46X

2 years, 4 months agomert61 posted comment on SuggestALaptop.
Nov. 8, 2017

im looking for the cooling pads for helios 300 and im interested in https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS

Should i buy cooling pad or just maxing the fans when max load.

Cool looking fan, but is it worth it? [R]

2 years, 4 months agoChrisagu28 posted submission on Alienware.
Nov. 1, 2017

I found this on amazon and there are a few reviews.


Anyone who tried this with their 17r4? Is it worth it?

It looks cool but im not sure how much temp would it drop at full load. Noise doesnt matter since i use a headphone.

Does it fit perfectly?

I am looking for a cooler that would perfectly fit in my vindicator 17 2.0 without taking too much space.


2 years, 4 months agoChrisagu28 posted comment on Alienware.
Nov. 1, 2017

I wouldn’t recommend that one. What I recommend is the same one I bought from amazon. #1 on the list of coolers, quiet, cools the laptop quite well, and inexpensive. I wish it had red leds since that is the led theme I have on but for the performance, great reviews and cost. I can’t complain. Also fits the 17” too. I am using it on my 13R3 and it has tons of space so should be able to fit just fine.

Check it out

Best fan cooler add on for PS4 pro? [R]

2 years, 6 months agoXavhorn posted submission on PS4Pro.
Sept. 12, 2017

Looked at a few on amazon, my PS4 sounds a little loud on 4K gaming I have already cleaned the fan just looking to see if there is anything else I could do to cool it down

2 years, 6 months agoXavhorn posted on PS4Pro.
Sept. 14, 2017

Some people use laptop fan trays like this one with no problems.

Can the newest MBP with Radeon 560 run overwatch at 60 FPS (1080p vs 1440p)? Trying to decide on a monitor. [R]

2 years, 7 months agoOkToBeTakei posted submission on macgaming.
Aug. 27, 2017

First of all, can it even run overwatch at 60 fps for 1080p? If it can, has anyone tried at 1440p?

Trying to decide which type of monitor to get right now.

iMac is not an option.

edit: any difference in 144 Hz vs 60 Hz? Also will freesync matter at all?

2 years, 7 months agoOkToBeTakei posted on macgaming.
Aug. 27, 2017

What might help is being mindful of the surface you keep it on while playing. A flat table/desk with good ventilation on the sides where the vents are will be helpful. I’ve also seen various platform things that have fans that blow from underneath that I’ve used on older MBPs in the past that had a habit of overheating before throttling was a thing.

Edit: something like this

Battery overheating while playing [R]

2 years, 7 months agoMeatslinger posted submission on subnautica.
Aug. 15, 2017

Hey all,

I've encountered a bit of a problem while trying to finish my 3rd playthrough. For background, I don't have much of a gaming setup in the first place- 2015 macbook pro- but it seems these days within 5 minutes of opening up the game, the fan of my computer is working so hard that I can hear it through my earphones in-game. I have 131 hours in total on the game, and this wasn't a problem at all in my first two playthroughs.

I've tried making sure the fan vent isn't blocked, but even that doesn't seem to work now, as I've now completely broken one laptop charger (probably some internal parts have melted) and my backup one now only works sparingly (and is scaldingly hot after just a few minutes of playtime) . On top of that, the game now uses battery faster than it can charge.

Has anyone else encountered this? Are there any solutions that don't involve taking the computer apart and installing a new fan/other modifications?

2 years, 7 months agoMeatslinger posted on subnautica.
Aug. 15, 2017

Are we talking about a 13" MacBook Pro, or a 15" version? The 13" version only has a slightly improved version of Intel integrated graphics (no standalone GPU), and so yeah, it doesn't run great.

First off, because you said this is a new behavior, try resetting your System Management Controller (SMC). The SMC can be reset by turning the laptop off (shut down), connecting it to its power adapter, holding Shift+Control+Option, and pressing the power button. Usually you can tell if you did it correctly because the charging LED will briefly go green, and then back to orange again. This effectively turns hardware settings back to their factory defaults, such as the fan controller and any thermal throttling safeguards (which may have gone bad on you). Play like that and see if it's better.

Barring that, you could reduce the draw distance for the game, but that gets a bit hacky. Open the developer console (tilde/"~" key by default) and type "farplane [#]". If the console isn't active you have to press F3, then F8 (to get a cursor), enable the console, and then cancel the bug report. 1000 is the default distance, so something smaller might help. I've heard some people say the game doesn't support this very well, though.

Last, you could invest in a cheap laptop cooling pad. Sometimes, though, these only offer marginally better temperatures, especially during a hot summer.

2017 Razer Blade Pro (Needed Advice) [R]

2 years, 8 months agoQuadzillaMajestic posted submission on razer.
July 29, 2017

So I just recently bought the 2017 RBP i7 7820HK with the GTX 1080. I'm fairly new to gaming on PC as well. I just wanted to know is it normal for my laptop temperatures to run above 90C while playing games on ultra high settings? I'm quite concerned with the laptop running that hot.

I've done a little bit of research regarding this issue and came across a lot of users explaining that they undervolt their laptops to run at a lower temperature.

Now is this safe to do? and if it is could someone explain to me how to do it?

2 years, 8 months agoQuadzillaMajestic posted on razer.
July 30, 2017

Take a look at these.




Daily Discussion Thread 07/17/17 [R]

2 years, 8 months agosf_aeroplane posted submission on SSBM.
July 17, 2017

Yahoooo! Have a happy Monday! Luigi numbah one!


If you see a good thread, post it to the front page using this link or include "[DDT]" in the title (no quotes)

Lastly, here is a list of all the DDTs, here is a link to the current DDT for those in previous threads, and here is the wiki, for those that want some solid reading material.

2 years, 8 months agosf_aeroplane posted on SSBM.
July 18, 2017

Been thinking about writing a guide on this for a while, so you'll get a lot of info as a rough draft!

The raw specs you listed are good enough for FM but the big thing here is that you're on a laptop. Some laptops have problems with sustained performance due to thermal and power throttling via BIOS settings or even manufacturer specifications at the hardware level. If that is the case, you'll have to learn a lot about how Intel Turbo Boost works to get to the bottom of things. But first, you have some simpler options.

Easy stuff to try: go to Power Options by right-clicking on the AC/battery symbol at the bottom right of the screen, on the taskbar, and make sure that your CPU utilization and all that stuff is set to 100% in the advanced options. Usually the High Performance preset has all that stuff cranked up. Also make sure that you're using your GPU for FM, it probably won't make much of a difference since it's more CPU-intensive but it doesn't hurt to check. Download the Nvidia Control Panel if you don't already have it to manage that stuff. Try disabling your antivirus while you play to see if that makes a difference; it probably won't, but it doesn't hurt to try. Finally, you've probably already done this, but play with the graphics settings in FM, particularly the backends. With Nvidia GPUs I always get the best performance with D3D, but ymmv.

More involved stuff: it sounds like you need to reinstall Windows anyway, so you might do that before trying anything else. It will only save you a headache in the long run. You should also download a program like HWMonitor to monitor your CPU temperatures. If it seems like they're peaking pretty high but cutting off at a specific temperature, like 80C or something, you might just need to cool it down some -- open up your computer and dust the fans with compressed air, or buy an aftermarket cooling pad like this one.

Last thing, but a pretty big one in my experience: preventing throttling. This will take you into the world of overclocking. It's a pretty nuanced topic so I'm only going to give general advice but I encourage you to do your own research, because you do run the risk of damaging your computer if you are too aggressive in changing these settings. Look in your BIOS for an option to disable power management, disable Intel C1E state, etc. There are lots of possibilities here.

If your BIOS doesn't include those options, which is likely on a laptop, or they didn't help, your only option is to modify the BIOS (really tough) or use a program like Throttlestop or Intel Extreme Tuning Utility to prevent throttling. Here's a Throttlestop guide to help you out. Limit Reasons is your friend. If one of those is lighting up while FM is open, you've found at least one potential area of improvement. I've worked with a couple of computers that performed way better once TDP limits were increased, allowing the CPU to sustain a higher wattage and therefore a higher clock speed without being throttled down in the interest of saving power.

Sooo yeah I'll probably turn this into a real post at some point, but I was really bored and figured I'd get started on the whole laptop performance troubleshooting guide thing.

How hot is too hot for my laptop? [R]

2 years, 8 months agoRegefade posted submission on computers.
July 14, 2017

Hey everyone, So I have never owned a PC that could run games but I recently purchased one that can play games like Torchlight II, Hotline Miami, Morrowind, etc. Less graphically intense games that are older. I have an HP Pavilion 15 (by no means a gaming rig) and it will run them just fine. However, it will get pretty damn hot after a short amount of play time. I only play games for an hour or two at a time then I will take a break, sometimes a little longer or randomly throughout the day. My question is, will I destroy my computer? I have heard people talking about melting different components of their computers from overuse and I do not want that to happen. Thanks for any advice!

2 years, 8 months agoRegefade posted on computers.
July 14, 2017

Possibly, you could fry your battery too maybe, I am guessing you should be fine, as long as the bottom is properly ventilated. If you have it on a blanket, for example, its going to fry your pc. If you want to be sure though, they have laptop fan pads such as [this one] (https://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooling-Cooler/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=sr13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1500068579&sr=1-3&keywords=laptop+fan) that should help.

Is there any difference between branded and cheaper laptop coolers? [R]

2 years, 8 months agoZwarcola posted submission on laptops.
July 13, 2017

I'm looking for a decent laptop cooler because I have a somewhat hybrid laptop/desktop setup in my dorm room (can't afford to buy an actual desktop, I have limited space and budget). I want to keep the temperatures down as much as possible when I play games.

My question is, should I just get a random laptop cooler from Amazon that has high rpm and many fans, or should I get branded ones like from Cooler Master?

2 years, 8 months agoZwarcola posted on laptops.
July 13, 2017

HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooling Pad Cooler - Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cmswrcpapi_O47zzbYAZ429D

I have this one and it's perfect, keeps solid airflow and is quiet, I also like the blue LEDs. You don't necessarily want a high rpm fan as it can shoot dust in to your laptop

Stellaris PC Overheating [R]

2 years, 9 months agochoder posted submission on Stellaris.
June 14, 2017

My PC appears to be overheating or something. I have an i7 Core but just the Intel builtin graphics. I tried making the settings low, tried running in a window, tried turning off dust via the console. Yet, I can run the game for a little while and then my computer will just abrubtly turn off. Any further suggestions? By the way, I can run other games like Skyrim.

2 years, 9 months agochoder posted on Stellaris.
June 15, 2017

Then the best thing you can do is make sure it is cooling as well as it can.

Some suggestions.

  • Turn down the resolution to the lowest setting. Even if only temporarily. See if that makes a difference.

  • Make sure the fan is clean and the heatsink fins are clear of hair and other debris. You can do some of this just by running a vacuum hose over the air intake. The better way to do it would be to take the laptop apart so you can clean all the debris and dust off the fan and heatsink fins. (Don't use compressed air to spin the fan. You could damage it.)

  • Use a [laptop cooling pad] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cmswrcpdpT2ODOqzb0FC4D43)

  • To take this a step further, you could also reapply the thermal paste between your CPU and heatsink. That requires some new Arctic Silver or other thermal paste and the willingness to take your heatsink off.

Are These Safe? [R]

2 years, 9 months agoJune 12, 2017


2 years, 9 months agoBryanGoosling posted on pcmasterrace.
June 12, 2017

this one is pretty slim. https://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooling-Cooler/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=sr13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1497300298&sr=1-3&keywords=laptop+cooling+pad

F13 The Game shut Down My Laptop! (Help) [R]

2 years, 10 months agoStarpunk33 posted submission on F13thegame.
May 30, 2017

The problem is when i playing the F13 so 20 Minutes, then a game shut down my laptop and everytime....

I think the game superheated my Grapics Card or maybe my Processor and because of this shut down my Laptop. (But that's just a thought)

Can somebody helping me or met someone with this mistake?

Thank you for the helping!

2 years, 10 months agoStarpunk33 posted on F13thegame.
May 30, 2017

Laptop Coolers [R]

2 years, 10 months agoMay 20, 2017


2 years, 10 months agoYourFriendFlicka posted on Alienware.
May 22, 2017

I bought this one and it has been working great. http://imgur.com/a/koZfz I like that it has the vents on the side and it has a usb pass through so I don't loose a slot. The top is also metal so it stays very cool even after long uses. You can't turn off the lights but they really aren't bad. here's the link https://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=sr13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1495468552&sr=1-3&keywords=LAPTOP+COOLER

Laptop's fan has died. Help. [R]

2 years, 10 months agoZatchillac posted submission on computers.
May 19, 2017

My laptop's fan has died and the computer gets some BSOD because of overheat (or so I think). I'm on my final exams and I need to do some work on Microsoft Word and Autocad 2016.

As additional info. I have a PC also dead (RAM problem) which has a great big fan, but don't know if I can put that fan as an external fan.

P.S. Explain like I am 5yo, seriously. I don't have your knowledge and I've never changed any part of a computer of mine.

Thanks for the help.

Edit: A little story. Some years ago, on 2013/ 2014 I had the same problem. I got some blue screens and fan didn't run or make any sound. The guy who repaired it told me it was due to overheat.

2 years, 10 months agoZatchillac posted on computers.
May 19, 2017

Get one of those laptop cooling pads or some new RAM for your other computer since that's literally one of the cheapest/easiest components to replace.

I have a weird sound bug with continuous fps drops and lag [R]

2 years, 10 months agofragileteeth posted submission on Overwatch.
May 8, 2017

It makes the game impossible to play. I have tried a lot of methods and researched some ways to fix ot but without success. The game until 2 months ago was perfect

Please this is the second post i make because no one answered

2 years, 10 months agofragileteeth posted on Overwatch.
May 15, 2017

If that's 96C then yes, that is far too high. You don't ever want it to go above 60C. High temps over time quickly reduce the lifespan of your hardware. Its possible your thermal paste has worn off over time. It's also possible you still have something running in the background that's causing your CPU to heat up. Either way, the fastest fix for now is to start using a cooling pad.

Firstly, elevate your laptop to improve air circulation underneath. And while you have it up, give it a good blow with compressed air. Focus on the vents and fans. If you can open a back panel without too much trouble, open that up, give it a good blow. But be sure not to touch any of the metal parts. Secondly, purchase a cooling pad - something like this.

And thirdly, explore options for long-term cooling. Depending on your manufacturer and warranty, you should contact them first. If you are out of warranty, you could contact wherever you purchased your laptop from, or research a good computer shop in your area. Depending on the model of your laptop investigating the heating issue, which will probably be mostly dust cleaning, and possibly looking at the thermal paste and fans, may run you between $75 and $200 (also varies by where you live).

Why isn't project reality running? [R]

2 years, 11 months agoKronos_Selai posted submission on pcmasterrace.
April 21, 2017

So I play project reality which is not a relatively demanding game because it is based on BF2. It plays fine on my laptop. However, now it doesn't work anymore and after 10-15 minutes of gameplay the framerate drops and the audio gets distorted to a level in which you cant play. Is there any way I can solve this? Laptop specs: i7 6500u, 16 gigs of ddr3 ram, intel 520 graphics

2 years, 11 months agoKronos_Selai posted on pcmasterrace.
April 21, 2017

Probably overheating from dust/fur or being on your lap. You can alleviate this with add on devices such as this -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNMB3KS/ref=s9acsdtophdbwb2Rr10lcxw?pfrdm=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pfrds=merchandised-search-3&pfrdr=T97VC81SQC6H06CJ4R59&pfrdt=101&pfrdp=bfe1ca85-5e87-5e4e-8d92-b1969b5b9994&pfrdi=2243862011

However, if you have serious dust and crap lodged in there, you need to clean it out.

Alienware 17 r4 1070 question [R]

3 years agoYourFriendFlicka posted submission on Alienware.
March 27, 2017

I noticed some vent like things on the bottom, would playing on my lap in bed with the laptop on the comforter cause heat issues or should I be ok? Looking at buying one but want to be sure it will work for me.

3 years agoYourFriendFlicka posted on Alienware.
March 27, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=sr14?ie=UTF8&qid=1490624559&sr=8-4&keywords=COOLING+PAD This is what I use and it works great. Even not turned on it still allows great airflow.

Alienware 17 r4 1070 question [R]

3 years agoT1ck_T0ck_Actual posted submission on Alienware.
March 27, 2017

I noticed some vent like things on the bottom, would playing on my lap in bed with the laptop on the comforter cause heat issues or should I be ok? Looking at buying one but want to be sure it will work for me.

3 years agoT1ck_T0ck_Actual posted on Alienware.
March 27, 2017

No worries, I didn't mean a table just a piece of plywood cut to the size of the laptop. Something like those would also work HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Ultra Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cmswrcpapi_CLj2ybVEV341P. $119 is a lot for that rest even though it is super awesome.

Looking for a Heat Absorbing Material for Laptop base. (MSI GS73VR) [R]

3 years, 1 month agomarlospain posted submission on laptops.
Feb. 10, 2017

I just got the gs73vr last week, have been using it for a few days now.

I did a fresh install, changed the storage and ram to high end pcs. Replaced the thermal paste, and undervolted my cpu to -180 allowing me a max cpu temp at 55 at stress level and 35-40 at normal use. Gpu is at 35 at normal and 70-75 during high quality gaming. Removed dragon center and utilized some cherry picked drivers and apps instead to manage the things i needed to manage.

Its running fairly well now, some cons like sound and fan noise. But the main issue is that the center of the base on the laptop gets a bit too toasty for me even under normal use.

So im wondering if anyone has any input or ideas on how to mitigate the base to skin contact heat dispersion.

I have looked into thermal pads, suc has : Thermapak But i dont want to cover up the underneath vents for the fans.

So i was thinking about getting a couple of thermal pads and gluing them to the base area where the heat radiates from. But im unsure if those will repel or seperate the heat from my skin contact or just absorb and retain the heat and make it warmer in the end.

I was also thinking about the felt material that was underneath the GS63VR version, perhaps something similar i could utilize cut out shapes for the vents and glue/stick them on the base.

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated. As i usually have my laptop on my lap or stomach, having it be a personal heater makes it almost a option i would have to return.

tldr: Need help Looking for a heat absorbing/dispersing material for laptop base.

3 years, 1 month agomarlospain posted on laptops.
Feb. 10, 2017

You don't want to glue anything to the bottom of your nice new laptop as it'll become really terrible to get off after a while since it gets so hot.

Have you looked at laptop cooling pads? This should work for you, it'll prevent the laptop from touching skin.

Temperature Range For Gaming on Surface Book [R]

3 years, 1 month agodylan_the_wizard posted submission on Surface.
Jan. 30, 2017

Hello! The specs for my Surface Book: i5 @ 2.40GHz, RAM 8.00 GB, Intel Graphics

I recently started playing Stardew Valley on my Surface Book (which it runs beautifully) and I remembered watching a video of a guy playing Wildstar on his Surface Pro 2 when the game first launched. So, I decided to try Wildstar on my Surface Book. I can't bring my big gaming desktop with me to school so, worth a shot. The game runs fine on ultra low/low graphics settings and I get about 30+ FPS.

My concern is how hot the Surface seems to get. I installed a temperature app to keep an eye on it and the average temperature the Surface ran while playing Wildstar was about 66-72 degrees C.

Now, my question is for those who play games on the Surface Book that don't have the Nvidia graphics card or the performance base: How hot is too hot? I feel a bit suspicious with those temperartures on my Surface.

3 years, 1 month agodylan_the_wizard posted on Surface.
Jan. 30, 2017

Those temperatures sound fine. The computer will automatically throttle itself (you'll notice performance getting bad) to cool itself off if it gets too hot.

If you just want to avoid lava lap you can get one of those cooling pads like this

Turning laptop into PC [R]

3 years, 2 months agoAtomKanister posted submission on buildapc.
Jan. 28, 2017

Hey guys,

i have got this idea. My parents have acer aspire v3-551g and it is dying - overheating. I already opened it up, cleaned it and reapplied thermal paste but that didnt do a thing.

So to my new idea, i would open this guy up and made it PC with PC cooling setup and some DYI case. Anyone tried this? I still havent decided what coolers or system of cooling i will be using.

Im thinking about big passive coolers with intake in front of the case and outake on the end. Do you think that would be enough? Otherwise i would think about cheap end waterloop but that will restrict possible portability of this small form factor pc.

I will appreciate every tip.

3 years, 2 months agoAtomKanister posted on buildapc.
Jan. 28, 2017

Nope. Just don't. Laptop hardware is proprietary and tailored specifically for all the parts to play together. Taking it apart is generally no good idea.

> DIY case

If you want something better than a shoe box, it's quite some work to pull it off. Not worth for something that follows no standards and will still be replaced in 1-2 years.

> big passive coolers

> waterloop

Doesn't fit. Cooler mounting is proprietary. You would have to make them yourself, for which the point i already made for the case applies too.

Buy a laptop cooler. That should help with the temps a bit, and if you want to change something hardware wise, get a PC.

Over clocking a new laptop [R]

3 years, 3 months agoEl_Hoxo posted submission on nvidia.
Dec. 21, 2016

I bought a new laptop recently and I've been curious about Over clocking and I have some questions if someone can help. My card is a Gtx 1060 6gb with an i7 processor.

  1. What are the serious risks associated with Over clocking?
  2. Are any particular programs recommended for Over clocking?
  3. How far can I go with it while remaining safe from burning out my pc or card?

Thanks so much!

3 years, 3 months agoEl_Hoxo posted on nvidia.
Dec. 21, 2016

If you're going to overclock, I highly recommend that you get a laptop cooler of some kind, since laptops already run a bit hot before overclocking.

Cheapest 960M Gaming Laptop ($358.39) [R]

3 years, 3 months agoKasendou posted submission on pcgaming.
Dec. 13, 2016
3 years, 3 months agoKasendou posted on pcgaming.
Dec. 14, 2016

It's a little plastic insert/tray that you put under your laptop which typically hooked into USB to power some underside fans to push more cool air into your laptop. Also raises your laptop off of surfaces that could cause heat to get trapped (like a blanket or a flat table).

Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling/dp/B00NNMB3KS/

Razer Blade Chill Mat **Icy Cool** [R]

3 years, 3 months agoTDStarks posted submission on razer.
Dec. 9, 2016
3 years, 3 months agoTDStarks posted on razer.
Dec. 9, 2016

Got this chill mat from Amazon works like a charm with my Razer Blade had some warm session while gaming playing GOW 4. This has cooled it down quite a bit.

HAVIT HV-F2056 15.6"-17" Laptop Cooler Cooling Pad - Ultra Slim Portable USB Powered (3 Fans) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=cmswrcpapa_y43syb004D65X

Question about playing on macbook. [R]

3 years, 5 months agoravenpride posted submission on TagPro.
Oct. 13, 2016

As per title, I use a macbook pro to play, and I wanted to know if anyone else experiences a similar issue when playing. After a relatively short period of playing, the internal fan starts to sound like my laptop is going to take flight. Like unusually louder than at any other time. My mb pro isn't even a year old and I know it has the power to handle playing this game for longer periods of time.

I've also noticed that the laptop gets unusually hot coinciding with the fan speeding up.

Possibly an unrelated issue, but when I play at home on my personal wifi, after a short period of time I start having connectivity issues that seem to coincide with the increase in heat and fan speed. Am I crazy for relating these or is this just coincidence?

It'd be very relieving to hear this isn't an isolated experience.

3 years, 5 months agoravenpride posted on TagPro.
Oct. 13, 2016

Yup, both my current MacBook Pro and old MacBook Air get/got real nice and toasty after a couple games. I don't think this is a TagPro issue, though; any somewhat graphics-intensive game I try to play on my computer causes it to get pretty hot. As others have said, the best way to keep your computer's internal temperature at a reasonable level when playing TagPro is to place it on a desk/table instead of your lap/bed. If you're especially concerned about overheating, you can always buy a cooling pad.

> Possibly an unrelated issue, but when I play at home on my personal wifi, after a short period of time I start having connectivity issues that seem to coincide with the increase in heat and fan speed. Am I crazy for relating these or is this just coincidence?

Probably just coincidence. If your laptop isn't plugged in, though, it's possible that your OS is automatically nerfing your graphics settings/capabilities to preserve battery power. (I know that Windows does this by default, but I'm not sure about Mac OS.) Regardless, if you want stable ping, ethernet is definitely the way to go (if at all possible).

A little specific question about gaming laptops getting hot. [R]

3 years, 5 months agojay4523 posted submission on Alienware.
Oct. 11, 2016

I've never had any gaming laptop before and I definitely never had a laptop that gets very hot. Does anyone know if there's any risk if a laptop can get so hot that it can affect a wooden table of some sort. I mean if it can damage it or leave a heat mark or something like that?

3 years, 5 months agojay4523 posted on Alienware.
Oct. 11, 2016

My MSI affected my wooden desk, but its horrible quality wood and it was the coating that was damaged. One other thing that should be noted is that this laptop reached past 90c many times, which isnt normal...but it is always possible with a laptop one day.


I would really recommend getting a product like this and then it will never be a problem. It will keep your laptop cooler and will never actually touch your table.

Edit: I just wanted to say that I am not saying that specific cooling pad is the best. It is just an example.

Laptop cooling pads/docks advice - Asus laptop [R]

3 years, 5 months agoOct. 9, 2016


3 years, 5 months agoLonerIM2 posted on SuggestALaptop.
Oct. 9, 2016

Well, I am not sure if there is a docking station that comes with a cooling pad, but for colling bad suggestion I would suggest this or this because both come with adjustable height, an extra USB , and more than one fan :)

Computer Troubles causing Crashes, for both Eu4 and CK2 [R]

3 years, 6 months agohalofreak7777 posted submission on paradoxplaza.
Sept. 30, 2016

I posted this thread about a month ago about crashes affecting my CK2 game. I thought it was the game itself, so I went ahead, and followed instructions from both a helpful Redditor and the Support Team on Paradoxplaza.

After it failed again, I uninstalled it and put EU4 up in its place. After less than a year of gameplay, it crashed as well. No modifications, no console commands, nothing. It just wouldn't take. Another game, Fallout NV, also crashed, after not even getting past the intro.

The only game that managed to work, aside from an older, '90s-era military game, was Vic2, modified with an Older HPM version. It was running as smooth as ever, not much in the way of problems except a minor graphical bug.

Thing is, my laptop is perfectly able to run all three crash-prone games. They're all within specifications, and, shutting-down my computer aside, each was running smoothly. WTF is going on, and what might I be able to do to help allay these issues?

3 years, 6 months agohalofreak7777 posted on paradoxplaza.
Sept. 30, 2016

Set it on a flat well ventilated surface, or get one of these dumb things. https://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=sr15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1475278577&sr=1-5&keywords=laptop+cooler

Dell XPS 15 9550 External Cooler/Fan [R]

3 years, 9 months agovotegoat posted submission on Dell.
June 5, 2016

Hey everyone, as summer's rolling in and immense heat is invading my home, I'm looking for some advice for some sort of peripheral that will cool my XPS 15 while under heavy load (gaming & video editing). Does anyone have any suggestions?

3 years, 6 months agovotegoat posted on Dell.
Sept. 26, 2016

Hey man, just noticed your post. I have the same laptop and I resloved this for myself. This is a fantastic cooling pad for the 9550 my laptop never thermally throttles while its on this thing. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNMB3KS/ref=ohauisearch_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also VERY important, every 3 or so months you should aircan your vents. I'd strongly reccomend unscrewing the bottom of your 9550 and aircaning the dust out as well as taking out any lint balls, its basic matinance that will do wonders for longevity of your device. Heat is the ENEMY!!

Should I sell my desktop for a laptop? [R]

3 years, 6 months agoSept. 11, 2016


3 years, 6 months agoLoneGhostOne posted on pcmasterrace.
Sept. 11, 2016

I have a razer blade that i use for most of my school work and for some gaming when i get some downtime in the engineering building.

My Razer Blade is a couple years old, but it still runs FO4 on min settings, and can run many other games pretty well. (It's got a GTX 870M, 8 GB ram, and an i7-4702HQ) It definitely cannot keep up with my rig, but my rig is also considerably newer than it. The touch screen is a heck of a lot more useful than i'd expect, since it lets me scroll through, and navigate things quickly without a mouse.

If you do go with a laptop i suggest you get a cooling pad, otherwise you might be burning your legs with the Razer Blade. this is the one i got it works great for its price, and can significantly improve performance. The Blade actually uses the metal casing as a heatsink and as such it can get too hot to touch in some cases.

Personally my freshman year of college i gave up on my desktop, got an Alienware 14, and gamed on that for a year. The next year (last year) i ended up rebuilding my desktop with old parts from my dad's since i had an apartment with enough room to setup my computer. If you're planning on staying at college quite a bit more than coming home (i come home probably around 4 weeks out of a year now due to work/summer classes) it may be worth while to buy a cheaper laptop (light weight, thin, large screen, good battery life) and just play low-spec games for the first year (it may also improve your study habits)

Daily Simple Questions Thread - Sep 03, 2016 [R]

3 years, 6 months agoPrincecoyote posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Sept. 3, 2016

Got a simple question? Get a simple answer!

This thread is for all of the small and simple questions that you might have about computing that probably wouldn't work all too well as a standalone post. Software issues, build questions, game recommendations, post them here!

For the sake of helping others, please don't downvote questions! To help facilitate this, comments are sorted randomly for this post, so anyone's question can be seen and answered.

Want to see more Simple Question threads? Here's all of them for your browsing pleasure!

3 years, 6 months agoPrincecoyote posted on pcmasterrace.
Sept. 3, 2016

Seems to make sense to me. You might want to clean for dust. Some people swear by laptop cooling pads with fans on them, some say they do very little. You could also go for a laptop stand that raises the laptop for better air flow underneath.

Should I return my laptop for a different one? [R]

3 years, 7 months agoKiteWatcher posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 20, 2016

So I just picked up an ASUS rog gl502vs. Overall the laptop is pretty good, but I did notice that the USB-C port is only 10gb/s. How important is the thunderbolt 3 version? I'm hoping to have the laptop for a couple years.

If I were to return it, I'd maybe look at a Sager NP8153-S (https://www.sagernotebook.com/Notebook-NP8153-S.html).

Other than that, I could always go down to the gl502vm which apparently has the thunderbolt 3 port, but only a 1060 graphics card. I suppose the Sager 8152-S would be the same price-ish.

What do you think? Keep or return? If return, which one should I go for?

EDIT! Ok, so after getting some sleep and re-reading this I'm not sure I worded this correctly :) What I was really wondering about is if you guys think having Thunderbolt 3 in a couple years will be the way to go? I don't use it today, but am not sure what the future is leaning towards.

The second question was around the gtx 1070. Obviously it's a lot faster than the 1060, but is that really necessary if I don't have a 4k screen? The 1060 models are $200-300 cheaper. I"m just not sure how long the 1060 would continue to provide a minimum of medium settings on most/all games for the next couple years.

Hope this makes more sense why I was asking :)

3 years, 7 months agoKiteWatcher posted on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 21, 2016

Thanks for the input. You really think the 1060 will last for at least medium settings in most games for the next couple years?

I actually did get a cooler (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNMB3KS/ref=ohauidetailpageo00s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Daily Simple Questions Thread - Aug 08, 2016 [R]

3 years, 7 months agothatgermanperson posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 8, 2016

Got a simple question? Get a simple answer!

This thread is for all of the small and simple questions that you might have about computing that probably wouldn't work all too well as a standalone post. Software issues, build questions, game recommendations, post them here!

For the sake of helping others, please don't downvote questions! To help facilitate this, comments are sorted randomly for this post, so anyone's question can be seen and answered.

Want to see more Simple Question threads? Here's all of them for your browsing pleasure!

3 years, 7 months agothatgermanperson posted on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 9, 2016

Usually it wouldn't melt or damage its LCD. Make sure it's switched off when closed, that'll save a few Watts of heat.

In case you're going for intensive gaming sessions I would recommend some kind of cooler pad like this or similar. Laptops are not very effective in terms of cooling and from my experience profit greatly from being a little elevated with a little airflow from below.

Good gaming laptop [R]

3 years, 7 months agoLoneGhostOne posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 6, 2016

I want to purchase a good gaming laptop. I'll likely use on campus and at friends. Any suggestions?

3 years, 7 months agoLoneGhostOne posted on pcmasterrace.
Aug. 6, 2016

Yes, it's best to not invest much in the laptop. Most laptops of decent quality can run those games pretty well on low-ish settings. You can squeeze a bit more performance out of any laptop by swapping the HDD for an SSD (always a good option since i'll boot faster for when you want to use it in class) and by getting a cooling pad for it (i got this one )

Any tips to reduce termal thruttle on a laptop? [R]

3 years, 8 months agoLoneGhostOne posted submission on pcmasterrace.
July 9, 2016
3 years, 8 months agoLoneGhostOne posted on pcmasterrace.
July 9, 2016

Get a cooling pad i use this one with my Razer Blade, and with my old alienware when i had it.

cooling fan? [R]

3 years, 8 months agoHeyimChester posted submission on razer.
July 4, 2016

for my razer blade laptop should i get me a cooling fan and if so what are the best and thinest one?

3 years, 8 months agoHeyimChester posted on razer.
July 4, 2016


I use this one because it was cheap and top rated on amazon haha. It's thin, solid, multiple fans, and vents on the side/bottom.

Laptop CPU overheating - 95+ degrees! Even hot when idle. [R]

3 years, 10 months agojpaek1 posted submission on techsupport.
June 3, 2016

My brother recently bought a new laptop. An "MSI GP60 2QF".

He has had pretty shitty luck buying laptops lately and have returned 2-3 because of obvious graphical stuttering etc. But this one seemed okay for a while.

Though we noticed when playing Divinity Original Sin the CPU reached insane temperatures (95+) when plugged in but only about (85+) when running on battery. I assumed it was the battery charging causing the heat, but plugged in with the battery detached wasn't any cooler.

Even idle it runs at about 70, and even though I know laptops tend to run a little hot that seems a bit nuts to me.

Anyone have any ideas how to solve this?

3 years, 9 months agojpaek1 posted on techsupport.
June 3, 2016

I can't imagine thermal paste making that much of a difference quite honestly.

After looking around on some forums, it seems that is pretty typical of that laptop. Most threads I see say to get a cooler like this: http://www.amazon.com/HAVIT-HV-F2056-Laptop-Cooler-Cooling/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=sr17?ie=UTF8&qid=1464990171&sr=8-7&keywords=usb+laptop+cooler

Dell XPS 15 i7 4k 84Whr 960m - Throttling GPU [R]

3 years, 10 months agovotegoat posted submission on Dell.
May 31, 2016

I can't play any reasonable game on 1080p on med to low settings without throttling. What are my first steps to try to remedy this?

Before it throttles, it works great.. good frames at 1080p on medium settings, but it throttles down, then goes back up and repeats the cycle many times throughout a play session.

3 years, 10 months agovotegoat posted on Dell.
May 31, 2016

Gaming Laptop HELP! [R]

4 years, 2 months agoPonkyBreaksYourPC posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Jan. 1, 2016

Hey guys, I was just wondering if this laptop here is good for gaming, photoshop and video editing. Also is it recommended to get a cooling pad for it? Thanks https://www.pccasegear.com/products/33850

4 years, 2 months agoPonkyBreaksYourPC posted on pcmasterrace.
Jan. 1, 2016

well if you're on the go all the time how are you gonna carry all this around?


something like this

My graphics card is idling at 93 degrees C while I'm playing a game...but I'm not getting any kind of artifacts or anything like that. Is it safe running this hot? [R]

4 years, 3 months agomaschine2014 posted submission on techsupport.
Dec. 15, 2015

I've been getting "display driver has stopped responding" popups for a while now, and I make a post about it in that game's specific subreddit (thinking it was a software issue). Someone suggested temperature, and I didn't believe them at first. But I downloaded a temperature tracking program, and I discovered that my graphics card has apparently been idling at 93 degrees while I'm playing the game.

I'm not getting any artifacts or anything like those crazy "TF2 FROM HELL" image albums, just that occasional "display driver has stopped responding" popup. So is it okay for my graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, it's a laptop) to be running at that temperature while I'm in-game? And if it's not, what can I do to my laptop that would reduce it? I have a lap fan thing, and that's about all I can think of.

4 years, 3 months agomaschine2014 posted on techsupport.
Dec. 15, 2015

Make sure you are on a flat surface as well that will make a difference. Also a laptop stand with fans underneath would help:


GTA V or Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain? [R]

4 years, 3 months agodoug_peck posted submission on pcmasterrace.
Dec. 3, 2015

Please help me decide brothers!

After saving money for 4 months, I can finally buy one of these two awesome games! But I don't know which one is better.

I chose these two because I like open world games with good storylines and because my laptop can run both these games on medium settings.

I think I'll enjoy GTA V because I've played other GTA games like Vice city and San Andreas and I've enjoyed both of them.

I haven't played any of the MGS series games before but I've watched some gameplay vids of MGSV:TPP and the game looks really cool but I don't know much about MGSV:TPP. Is it a good game? Can you do side missions/random stuff? How's the online multiplayer?

Help me brothers! Thanks!

4 years, 3 months agodoug_peck posted on pcmasterrace.
Dec. 3, 2015

I ran GTA V on the higher spectrum of medium settings with a 7850 for ages. If you turn down some settings an 840M will do fine. Also look at investing in one of these if you plan on doing anything even slightly intensive with your laptop.

Newbie Thursday (8th of October, 2015) - Your weekly questions thread! [R]

4 years, 5 months agoLATORR1g posted submission on GlobalOffensive.
Oct. 8, 2015


It's time for Newbie Thursday #112. If you'd like to browse previous Newbie threads, just click this link to find them. There is a ton of great information to be found. As always, be respectful and kind to anyone in this thread. Snark and sarcasm will not be tolerated. Huge thanks on behalf of the modteam to all the great people answering questions in these threads! It doesn't go unnoticed.

It doesn't matter if you're a newbie or a pro, ask a question and get answers! The community is here for you!


  • If you're looking to answer questions, sort by new comments.
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  • Upvote a question you've answered for visibility.

You can find Frequently Asked Questions in our wiki amongst a lot of other useful information.

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4 years, 5 months agoLATORR1g posted on GlobalOffensive.
Oct. 8, 2015

Get one of those cooling pads and aim a fan at that bitch. Before I was able to bring my rig with me to school I played on a frankenstein-looking laptop setup where I used literally as little of the laptop as I possibly could. It would be off on the side chugging along while my main desk was my keyboard, mousepad, mouse, monitor, mic, and sound setup. It totally sucked, but it worked for 4 semesters lol.

Here's a cooling pad similar to what I used: http://www.amazon.com/HAVIT%C2%AE-HV-F2056-15-6-Laptop-Cooler/dp/B00NNMB3KS/ref=zgbs2243862011_1/182-5092709-4951057 and then just aimed a huge box fan right at it.

Also get a job so you can build a computer. Life changing for CS.

Weekly /r/GuildWars2 Question Thread - September 12, 2015 [R]

4 years, 6 months agoDivinePrince2 posted submission on Guildwars2.
Sept. 12, 2015

This thread is dedicated to questions that you've never really felt the need to start a thread for, but would still like to see answered/discussed.


Please also consider sorting the comments in this thread by "new" so that the newest comments are at the top, since those are most likely to still need answers.

Pro tip for owners with loud PS4's [R]

4 years, 7 months agoAug. 31, 2015

I've noticed a lot in this sub that people have loud fans with the consoles. While it is a normal thing when hardware gets hot, my current PS4 is ALWAYS quiet and has normal warmth when I play hours and hours because of the measure I took.

Start by investigating the surface you're placing your PS4 on. Does it conduct heat? My previous PS4 suffered very badly from loud fan so I exchanged it at EB Games for a new one. It was because the wooden surface I was placing it on was getting hot and acting like a quasi stove. Cue in a PS4 that has been running for hours, you start to get the idea why this is a problem. What I've done is made a DIY cooling pad to be placed under my console. Now it's always quiet when I play 6 hours of TW3 :) I told two of my friends the same and they're having similar results.

Second pro tip, don't stand up your PS4 vertically without the stand. Some owners do this because it can stand stably (assuming you don't have a cat) and I agree on that part. However, there have been some reports of consoles failing because the vents on the side get blocked. Note that this is not that strong of a detriment so there are PS4s that survive this, but even then you're putting unnecessary strain on your console. If you want to stand it, buy the official vertical stand bases which accommodate the side vents.

Last tips (and not pro, but basic), dust your PS4 once a week and make sure it isn't stationed in a place where the window sunlight can shine on it. Also be sure it is not boxed in, restricting air flow.

Hope this helps you guys. :)

4 years, 7 months agoHonky-Lips posted on PS4.
Aug. 31, 2015

I use this one and it works flawlessly. I use a USB AC adapter, I have never tried plugging it into the PS4.

Weekly /r/GuildWars2 Question Thread - August 22, 2015 [R]

4 years, 7 months agomoonlawliet posted submission on Guildwars2.
Aug. 22, 2015

This thread is dedicated to questions that you've never really felt the need to start a thread for, but would still like to see answered/discussed.


Please also consider sorting the comments in this thread by "new" so that the newest comments are at the top, since those are most likely to still need answers.

4 years, 7 months agomoonlawliet posted on Guildwars2.
Aug. 23, 2015

I use this fan with my Macbook Pro when gaming and it seems to help a bit. Rebooting the game client also helps when it seems like my computer just feels like 100%ing all my cores and royally heating up.

Daily Hangout Thread 2015-08-21 [R]

4 years, 7 months agobudgiebum posted submission on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 21, 2015

Welcome to today's thread! If you haven't been around before here is a quick explanation of these threads for you to enjoy!

The Daily/Nightly thread is a place for you to enjoy the company of your fellow RAOAers in one place! This thread is for many aspects of communication such as:

  • Ranting
  • Squeeing
  • Venting
  • Chatting

Plus many more fun things!

So come on in, take your shoes off, relax and enjoy the company.

It's Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?

4 years, 7 months agobudgiebum posted on Random_Acts_Of_Amazon.
Aug. 21, 2015

Can anyone tell me which of these three cooling mats would be better for laptops?




I game and stream videos and the thing gets so freaking hot.

Or if those all suck, link me a good one. Thin is good.

Will this help prevent my laptop from overheating? [R]

4 years, 7 months agoSomeotherrandomtree posted submission on laptops.
Aug. 10, 2015
4 years, 7 months agoSomeotherrandomtree posted on laptops.
Aug. 10, 2015

EDIT: I am now looking at this cooling pad, disregard the one that's posted.

Best laptop cooling stands for 'gaming' laptops? [R]

4 years, 7 months agofor_visibility posted submission on techsupport.
Aug. 3, 2015

Evening Reddit,

Wondered if anyone could suggest a good cooling stand for my MSI laptop. Not much budget restraints, just want something with good cooling power! Portability is also not an issue.

Many thanks!

4 years, 7 months agofor_visibility posted on techsupport.
Aug. 3, 2015


Good cooling without looking gimmicky and good reviews.

Best Sellers On Amazon [R]

4 years, 8 months agoEdwardERS posted submission on pcmasterrace.
July 28, 2015
4 years, 8 months agoEdwardERS posted on pcmasterrace.
July 28, 2015

After sorting by relevance when searching for electronics or PC accessories blue LEDs as a feature is common. People must really like those lights. The prices have been good on some of them, so there's less risk.

If the light is a signal of something working then it's not flashy, rather functional. I prefer the LEDs to be kept to a minimum for more manufacturing expenses to be put towards better durability and functionality. From a cost benefit perspective it must be that blue lights help sell the sizzle regardless. This thing for example. I bet it sucks at blowing air to cool a laptop, but even if it does you have a blue LED stand, so better reviews.

Overheating Laptop [R]

4 years, 9 months agolowclassdork posted submission on computers.
June 24, 2015

My laptop (a very old Dell that has always worked perfectly and is still lightning fast) has been having occasional choppy graphics on Netflix lately (otherwise seems fine). Last night the graphics got really bad and I heard the fan go into high gear (which it has always done on occasion). I thought it might be a heat issue, and sure enough, it was very hot, especially the chips (note: it is always raised for airflow). I took the chip cover off and put a small fan on them, and it returned to normal, though it's still running very warm. I have to sit it back up to use it normally and have it sitting on ice packs. Works fine but still too hot. I'm going to get some compressed air as I'm sure the fan's a bit clogged (dusty here) and a cooling pad, but there's got to be more to it. A/C is always on. House is cool. Any ideas anyone? Thanks!

4 years, 9 months agolowclassdork posted on computers.
June 27, 2015

Try this

It's cheap and lightweight, I just bought one for my girl for her birthday because her laptop was shutting off due to overheating. Now it is running 20 degrees cooler across the board, no more shutdowns.

LF Mac MMO [R]

4 years, 11 months agoonan posted submission on MMORPG.
April 14, 2015


4 years, 11 months agoonan posted on MMORPG.
April 14, 2015

In addition to the ones people have already pointed out (WoW, GW2, ESO, FFXIV), Eve also has a native mac version.

I've had fairly good success in the past with running SWTOR and TSW atop Parallels and/or Crossover, so you're not strictly limited to games that have a native client. Performance will take a hit, but often minorly enough to leave things quite playable.

And if you're running any game on any laptop, you will probably get some benefit out of picking up one of the million laptop cooling platforms that exist.

What happens when my laptop get too hot while playing Skyrim. TIL: Pizza Box + Box Fan = Happy Laptop [R]

5 years agomichaelshow posted submission on gaming.
March 8, 2015
5 years agomichaelshow posted on gaming.
March 9, 2015

op, please go get one of these for under $40:


Torn on a gaming laptop! I am curious if anyone knows about MSI GS70 Stealth Pro-077. [R]

5 years, 1 month agosantiagorook posted submission on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 4, 2015

I can get that msi for 1600 right now or an equal power Asus for 1500. I am curious if anyone has an opinion on the build quality of the two because that is where I am torn. I really like the steelseries keyboard in the msi and the msi also comes with a 128gb ssd thoughts?

5 years, 1 month agosantiagorook posted on SuggestALaptop.
Feb. 13, 2015

I have no idea about the screen. I just wanted to show you this. This laptop really amazed me today. I bought this cooling pad http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NNMB3KS/ref=ohauidetailpageo02s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and I started playing Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor in the default settings. The temperature, completely amazed me. The settings are kinda all over the place, but the game look really good(default medium/high settings). I got around 60 Degrees Celsius on both the GPU and CPU after more than an hour of gameplay. http://imgur.com/bJy8Yfhhttp://imgur.com/bJy8Yfh,5dLoTJK#1

I did the same for Guild Wars 2, using the Nvidia optimized settings and the same result!