Dell :: Studio XPS 13 & The Heat

Nov 16, 2009

I'm about to buy the XPS Studio 13 notebook and was hoping someone could make some clarifications for me about it. I've read a lot about the apparent design flaw in it that makes the monitor block the exhaust and thus the computer gets hot. I also know that the new BIOS version addresses this issue somewhat, but I'm a bit skeptical about it because a BIOS can only make the fans run more. The BIOS fix cannot correct the actual physical problem. Therefore, I'm a bit jittery about getting this computer, even though it's the one that best meets my spec requirements.

I would like to hear from those who have owned the XPS Studio 13 for at least 3-4 months and have used it for powerful stuff. What has your experience been like regarding the heat issue?

I've been warned that heat issues are not good for LED displays. This seems to me to be confirmed by the XPS 13 review posted at [url] where it is claimed that the heat issued damaged the bottom part of the guy's screen.

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Dell :: Heat On Studio XPS 16 With SSD

May 27, 2010

I was looking through some Studio XPS 16 reviews and one of the biggest complaints is heat. I don't really want to deal with heat that badly (I wish the fan was louder to compensate for the Heat).

But I am comparing a Studio XPS 16 to a Sony Vaio F series, and I was wondering how would the heat generated be with 8 GB of Ram, i7 720 QM processor, ATI 5730 and a 128 GB Solid State Drive? The Solid State Drive is supposed to generate 0 heat, so I figured that would mean that I would not have to deal with the heat problems. Also I would get the RGBLED screen.

On a less important note....with a 128 GB SSD and a 9 cell 85 whr battery what kind of battery life am I looking at with those stats at 20% brightness and only word documents?

I would like to grab a dell as I found out I may have a 15% discount there, but I don't want to have to deal with a hot/throttled computer.

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Dell :: Studio XPS 16 Heat

Jul 28, 2009

1. Has Dell recognized the problem and attempted to solve the problem?

2. Does anyone know if Dell is coming out with a new laptop model anytime soon?

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Dell :: Studio 1555 Heat ??

Oct 7, 2009

HOW hot does this magnificent machine get ?
Im getting one with T9550 ( 2.66 ghz ) :-s

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Dell :: Studio 1537 Heat

Jan 20, 2009

I have a Studio 1537 with a 3450 graphics card, 500GB HDD, 4GB Ram and a T9400 CPU. After around 20 mintues of the laptop being on the area surounding the touchpad gets quite warm

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Dell :: Studio 1555 Heat ...

Jun 24, 2009

I am still having problems with FPS drops in games, I have tried everything and have come to the conclusion it must be heat related.

By running HWMonitor I can see the sensor for my GPU has reached 94c!!!
I think at this temp its downlocking and causing my FPS drops.

Could anyone else with a 1555 run hwmonitor (its free) then play a demanding game for a while and check the ACHI temps?

You can see my temps in my other posts regarding the poor HS and Fan
Dell Studio 1555 Pics Mobo/Heatsinks/fan/GPU

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Dell :: Studio Xps 16 Heat--laptop

Apr 7, 2009

I'm looking into getting a laptop fairly soon. I am trying to decide if i want to go with the xps 1530 or studio xps 16. I read various reviews of how hot the studio xps got and was wondering if it has gotten that problem fixed at all.

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Dell :: Studio XPS 1640 Heat ...

Jun 11, 2009

I'm thinking about purchasing a Studio XPS 16, but I hear all these stories about the heat.

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Dell :: Studio XPS 13 Heat & Battery?

Jun 17, 2009

I am looking at this as one of my next buys. I have read plenty of reviews, but nothing recent. I have read that new BIOS and such had solved some initial problems. I was hoping someone with my configuration who has bought one recently can tell me:

A) How is the battery life?
B) How is the heat?

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Dell :: Studio 15- Heat- Is Fan Noisy

Sep 20, 2008

I've been frustrated all week dealing with a new HP dv7t that arrived on Monday (9/15). The moment I powered it up, the fan started running at full speed and hours it hadn't kicked off a single time. I've never heard a notebook fan more audible or more annoying before. It would be impossible to use the system in a library or other quiet setting without distracting others. Even with fan running at gale force, the wrist rest to the left of the touchpad was always uncomfortably HOT! I did figure out how to change the BIOS setting that had the fan set to 'Always On'. But it still ran 90% of the time!

I called this morning and got my Return Authorization, so it's going back on Monday and I refused to trade it for another HP....the fan in a store model I checked out yesterday was just as loud as that puts me back to square one- looking for a new laptop!

I've decided that I'd rather have a 15.4" model than a 17", so the Dell Studio 15 is high on my list. I also love the XPS M1530, but both of the nVIDIA graphics cards offered are included in the current nVIDIA mess that's been all over the news....

So, the Dell Studio 15 with the ATI Radeon HD 3450 graphics card and either the 2.1GHz T8100 or 2.5GHz T9300 is my front-runner at the moment. But I've got a few questions for those of you with some hands on experience and knowledge of the Studio models-

What percentage of the time does the fan run during normal usage (email, spreadsheets, internet)?

Is the fan noise muted like most other notebooks? Or is it more audible?

Are there any areas of the keyboard, wrist rest or touchpad that become uncomfortably warm to the touch?

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Dell :: MP1530 Vs Studio 16 Based On Heat?

Apr 27, 2009

First of all great forum, I have found a lot of useful information here

I want to buy a new laptop from Dell, but I just cannot decide between the XPS M1530 or the Studio XPS 16.

I want to be able to play games on it that look good, like Warcraft, COD5, Source games like HL2. I'm not looking for something that will play well with maxed out settings, nothing close. Just a laptop that would do it smoothly while still looking good at maybe medium settings. I also need it for some university work like programming and other computer science related topics.

I am after having a terrible expierience with a HP pavilion dv2699ea special edition laptop. Recently it just got boiling hot, it was always very hot, but much hotter than normal now, you could not sit with it on your lap, the keyboard and mousepad and the area for resting your palms were just too hot to touch, and when I would be watching a dvd on it lately it actually shut itself down several times without explanation. Now the GPU has gone bust. Sometimes it produces no image on screen, or a distorted one, and it has made the laptop as slow as hell .....

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Dell :: Palm Area And Heat On The Studio 15

Apr 5, 2009

How is the area around where the palm rests for the Studio 15? I read one review where it said the palm areas get warm. Is this true?

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Dell :: Studio XPS 13 Heat Issues Resolved?

Jan 22, 2010

A friend just picked up one of these but wanted to know if the heat issues she keeps on reading about are resolved.

There was some talk about a redesigned cover to better manage air flow but i cant find anything about Dell actually shipping them out.

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Dell :: Studio XPS 13 Heat Issues .. Build Quality?

Apr 8, 2009

Heard...a LOT of negative regaurding this laptop...heat quality...etc What do you think? It would fit me perfectly as a secondary backup however I have heard nothing good yet.

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Dell Studio 1747 :: Heat Increases Normally And Shuts Down After 3-4 Hours

Feb 19, 2013

i have a dell studio 1747 notebook. now i am facing a problem . while playing games (Hot pursuit,  call of duty etc) after 5 to 10 minutes it Shuts Down but i can do normal works like browsing , office , or some simple softwares etc. then heat increases normally and Shuts Down after 3-4 hours.  

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Dell :: Studio Xps 13" 16" Heat

Sep 16, 2009

Is there any word on when Dell will fix the Heat issues with the Dell Studio XPS 13i nch and 16 inch?

I really want to know who designed the screen to block the air vent....

Hope they fix this by the time windows 7 comes out.

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Dell :: How Bad Is The XPS 13 (heat)

Apr 28, 2009

I'm looking at both the Studio XPS 13 and the M1330 and I can get a xps13 better equipped for less. The only thing that is making me hesitant is the heat issues that are mentioned in nearly every review.

Does the heat issue affect performance?

Will it bother me? (I will have this on my lap and I'm a guy)

Should I just wait for a coupon that I can use on the m1330 so I dont have to worry about it?

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Dell :: Does The XPS 16 Have Heat

Apr 30, 2009

I've read reviews mentioning heat is an issue for the XPS 16, and I've read other comments saying that's false.

Does anyone have hands on experience with this notebook? Does the speedfan app work with this computer

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Dell :: HEAT! XPS 1340

Feb 9, 2009

I just bought this new laptop and it froze on me during inital set up and dell had to reimage it on the phone with me. Now that I have it where I can use the machine after about an hour of web surfing it seems like the bottom is pretty hot and near the vent is so hot you could not hold your hand there. I was thinking of calling dell back and talking to them about it. Are other people experiencing a lot of heat with this computer?

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Dell :: Heat- XPS Gen 2IK9FANGUI

Sep 28, 2007

My mate's XPS Gen 2 w/ 7800GTX is experiencing issues in games - tearing and random black textures in GRAW 2, overheating => shutting down, and stuttering in Far Cry. We've tried different drivers to no avail, and after running Rthdribl for five minutes according to RivaTuner the GPU reaches I'm thinking it's overheating.

So to the crux of the question...where on earth has IK9FanGUI gone? I was planning to use it to run the fans higher for some better cooling...but alas, I can't find it anywhere and the official site is down.

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Dell :: Heat With XPS M1530

Dec 7, 2008

After hearing about the known heat issues with the nVidia 8400m card I started monitoring the temperatures on my laptop using SpeedFan. The temperatures remain pretty consistent albeit on the high side.

They are as follow:
GPU: 65C
Core 0: 55C
Core 1: 55C

These are averages they really dont get much higher (at least for too long). When the fan turns on they drop about 5C (and go back up when it turns off). I bought my laptop back in March (actually very happy with it) and have had no real problems (fingers crossed). I mostly use Office, surf the internet & watch movies no real hardcore gaming for me

Anyone think these temperatures are normal?

Should I call Dell?

Will all these video cards ultimately fail?

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Dell :: M1710 And Heat

Apr 13, 2009

ive had the 1710 for two years,- but the heat issues are getting annoying.

right now with fangui just browsing

cpu load 10%
cpu temp 6969 C
GPU 70 C
fans rpm 4470

Have been using compressed air, cleaning the vents etc.

ive read about opening it up, but im guessing that voids the warranty. Have 2 year onsite left.

Did open a netbook to lube the fan, but im guessing its more difficult on the 1710. Also a problem if i get stuck at one point when putting it together.

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Dell :: XPS M1530 Heat

Aug 21, 2009

I've had my XPS M1530 for a year now and I've recently gotten into overclocking, undervolting (going through this now), and monitoring my internal temperatures due to playing Oblivion, WoW, and AOC. Anyway, I checked the temperatures, and while idle my core temp sits at about 77C. With dual monitors (goes into 3D mode) it'll reach ~86C just surfing the internet. While gaming/overclocked it can easily reach 90-93C. I've gamed for LONG periods of time and it never seems to go above 93C ever, which is good b/c the max is somewhere around 100C (probably because of my cooling pad).

So I've looked online and everyone else seems to have temperatures of ~20C lower! What's going on and how come my laptop is this absurdly hot? Do any other users have temps this high? Have I had faulty hardware for a year now? I'm basically just wondering if there's any other suggestions out there or if I should call Dell asking them whats up with my laptop (I have a 4-year warranty).

Dell XPS M1530
Vista x64
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5GHz
nVidia 8600M GT
4GB Ram

I just tried undervolting, and after changing the voltage it says "stress your CPU for 45minutes to make sure you don't get a blue screen of death or laptop crashes." It tested for a minute and RMClock (the program to undervolt) had to throttle the temps down b/c the CPU temps were getting over 95C.

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Dell :: Monitor Heat

May 19, 2010

I wish I had found this place before I purchased my new Dell, I had an old dell xps laptop maxed out and never had an issue with it and after 4 years sold it on ebay for 800.00. bad decision.

What to do what's done is done, my question is, On my old dell xps i use to use a program to monitor the temp and was able to bring it down 3 degrees by changing the thermal compound.

Before I do anything with this beautiful looking studio xps. I would like to know if and what people are using to monitor the temperature. I have installed speedfan and it seems ok but as we all know with dell systems they like to make it difficult for us to monitor the temps.

I checked the logs on speedfan and did not see anyone else posting settings for the studio xps .....

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Dell :: Emulator Heat

Feb 7, 2009

So i was using an emulator to play some old PSX games on my XPS M1530. I have a 2.4ghz C2D , 4gb ram, and a 8600gt. When i finished i checked my temps on my card just cause i was surious and it was at 93C (199F) when i checked.

That seems really high to me. I dont know if the fan is not kicking on or if the emulator is pushing my card to hard because i have never seen these kinds of temps before even after long Guild Wars sessions or any other of the number of games i play on this. Oh btw the card is not overclocked.

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Dell :: M1330 Heat

Mar 6, 2009

so my m1330 (T7500) was stolen earlier this week.

I'm thinking of replacing it and was wondering if the overheating gpu issue is still happening with the newer models eg the T8300 chips.

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Dell :: Expieriencing Heat

Oct 28, 2009

Lately my GPU temps got real high in idle. When playing it's above 90 celsius.
Idle :: 57-63 celsius
Load :: 80-93 celsius

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Dell :: Airflow (heat Sink)

Jan 7, 2010

do you guys agree with this guy on the airflow?

Air gaps from Dell's stock setup of heat sinks

Now this was something I was not happy about. There is a large gap from the left fan (fan 1) to the CPU's heatsink from before. Then there was now a gap between the CPU and GPU's heatsinks. You can see in the picture above the screwdriver that is clearly visible (click the image for the full-res version).

In my history of custom cooling back in the 80s and 90s, there is one thing I learned that always remains constant: airflow is key. So my task would be to modify the airflow to force all air through the heatsinks by not allowing any to escape the airflow path through any gaps.

Aluminum Foil Shrouds

I accomplished this by using a few pieces of kitchen aluminum foil, scotch-tape, and additional AS5. There are multiple reasons for this. First for safety I evaluated the entire area and found no electrical components or circuit boards anywhere near this area. You do not want a piece coming loose and short-circuiting things!

Second is having aluminum foil allows the heat to transfer from one copper pipe to the other (just a tad though, too thin really to do a massive amount). That may not have been the best idea at first because CPUs usually run cooler than GPUs from my overclocking experience. But considering how freakin' high my CPU temps were before I even began, I could only see this as helping to offload some heat to the GPU's heatpipe - even if just a tad amount, anything had to help.

I also closed down the air escaping on the left side of fan's outlet to the CPU's heatsink, as well as the gaps between the two heatsinks. Now all air is forced by the fan trough the CPU heatsink, and then through the GPU's heatsink where it than only has room to exit the back vent.

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Dell :: XPS 1640 Heat Problems

Feb 16, 2010

I just had a tech come today to fix my xps's sound problems and he replaced the audio chip and it works etc. He also replaced my heat sink because of my heat problems but it hasn't actually improved the temps (if anything they are worse, and he installed the heatsink correctly etc and applied new paste).

My question is what to do now? My temps are around 75c on the cpu and about 65-70c on the gpu under load. Is this normal? Its more the fact that I get uncomfortable with the laptop on my lap than anything else.

What can I do? I am still under complete care warrant (100ish days left).

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Dell :: M1530 Cpu And Gpu Heat Problem

Apr 17, 2009

I used speedfan to measure the heat. At around %10 CPU usage in Vista (no games running or anything, just Firefox and GTalk) it shows GPU @ 77C and CPU @ around 65 C. I think it's way too much but I'm not sure. Am I correct and if so what can I do about it? ...

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