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cleaning overheating laptops that have a separate video card — 5 Comments

  1. We all know that laptops as well as PCs will shutdown abruptly when the CPU reaches certain temperature.

    Something I have learned about some laptops (and most desktops) is that the video (GPU) may not be protected by the same ‘thermal event’ shutdown capability.

    I have seen a few laptops come in to the shop with a failed GPU. The customer will often mention how in days/weeks prior to failure, their display would often become corrupt.

    So basically, the GPU was literally heated to death without the user even being aware of what was going on.

  2. Great Tips. I really was unaware that some laptops are now coming with even a fan on the video card. To me, it seems like just another component that when it fails can really cause a lot of problems.

  3. Do the cooling pads work?

    It depends on the laptop.

    Some laptops are more prone to overheating than others.

    Most CPUs nowadays are efficient enough to cause few overheating problems… but bad laptop design can still be a problem.

    The cooling pads really just mask the main issue.

    And depending on where the overheating problem is, they might not work.

    As always, you are best served to test the cooling pad, together with a program like speedfan… just to see what difference a cooling pad actually makes.