09-11-2018 09:11 AM
I've been exploring battery usage and temperature, and I'm noting today this thing runs hot, even though I'm averaging 6.5% CPU. I noticed a bunch of things were using the GPU, like Word, Chrome, and some others, which I shut off access to. At the same time, Speedfan is telling me my SSD is running hot at 51C. ProcessHacker says I'm averaging 350kB I/O total.
This is my usual operating system, a few windows open, Chrome, Word, Access, WinAmp, and a few other things, but nothing that should be making this thing so hot. Any tips?
09-12-2018 03:20 AM - edited 09-12-2018 03:32 AM
Download this gadget pack. Install the ALL CPU meter gadget.
Your cpu temps could be lower by 20 degrees if you apply new Thermal Paste.
Your SSD appears a touch warm. Good airflow movement?
My 2nd HDD spinner sits on the floor of the desktop tower (Lenovo location). (113 F)
My 1st HDD spinner is in a tower bay, disconnected, to be used in emergency boot.
My SSD is in a tower bay also, in front of the forward fan. I have 2nd fan in rear of tower. (86 F).
09-12-2018 04:47 AM
Thanks for your insights. One of my limitations is that this is a laptop, which isnt' well-known for airflow. I have verified the fans are both running, and that it's on a hard flat surface and no dust (machine is like a month old), but apparently something got messed up in my software and settings?
I attemted to install the latest driver for the SSD and fracked the OS up good, wouldn't boot to Windows and couldn't even restore my system to a previous restore point (tried three different restore points). After spending a few hours reinstalling the OS and all my software (I think I got it all), my temperatures are much better. Still, I don't particularly care for the fact that it's running so hot, especially for a new machine. Is this normal for an M.2? (I think I'm still going to look at buying a heatsink (found a couple on Amazon that might do the trick).
09-12-2018 05:04 AM - edited 09-12-2018 05:10 AM
Is the screenshot above the same machine as you discussed earlier?
You have changed the internal configuration.
If you tried to find m.2 drivers, you wasted a lot of time.
Firmware update to the SSD is another issue and very risky.
09-12-2018 05:20 AM
Yeah, the driver search was a waste of time, but a an excellent teachable moment (never gonna try that again). Otherwise, yes, the screenshot from HWM is of the same machine, and I haven't changed anything else.
09-12-2018 05:36 AM
Yeah, I'm looking at the discrepancy now. I'm sorry, I messed something up. The WD is a portable HDD, the ST1000 is the onboard 1TB HDD, and where the funk is my SSD?