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Thinkpad T430 heat issue

2013-01-05, 19:08 PM

I have a T430 with the Nvidia option, purchased last month.


When doing anything intensive (playing a game, etc.) the laptop gets very hot.


I've downloaded speedfan, and have seen my CPUs go over 80oC which is terrible for a laptop.


Any chance Lenovo will fix this, or should I just return the laptop for a refund?


I called support and was told to download updates... all drivers/bios/windows updates are at latest.

Windows 7 64-bit




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Re: Thinkpad T430 heat issue

2013-01-05, 19:56 PM

Why do you think is terrible? 80+oC on intensive tasks (CPU&GPU) doesn't look terrible to me. You're still far from the T-junction point. My T420s gets 90oC when I'm playing games but I think it's ok  as long as it doesn't throttle or shutdown (and does not burn my lap). It's a laptop after all, slim package, many watts to dissipate, especially in full load.

T420s i5-2520M HD3000 480GB Crucial M500 SSD 8GB RAM Ericsson F5521gw
T430 i5-3210M HD4000/NVIDIA 5400M 512GB Crucial MX100 SSD 12GB RAM Ericsson H5321gw

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Re: Thinkpad T430 heat issue

2013-01-05, 21:26 PM

The CPU can bear this heat but the constant excessive heat for the motherboard in general is not good. Eg. the capacitors will wear much faster. Well, if you plan to use the machine for 2 years only than nevermind. Just don't expect a good performance for 5 years or so.


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Re: Thinkpad T430 heat issue

2013-01-08, 1:28 AM

Greeting Termina,


You system is within optimal range

If you still would like to cool your system you can consider getting a cooling pad or working on a cold surface and make sure you vents are not blocked.


Keep monitoring your system and if it runs hot constantly while doing simple/light computing tasks then I would recommend calling support.


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