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Old 2021-04-14, 21:10   #1
Shaman
Default Processor overheating only while playing PR

Hello,

I think I have some uncommon issue. When I play PR, the processor in my laptop is overheating. I changed the paste, everything is fine on other games (even BF3 or BF4). Only when I play PR, my temperature rises, the CPU slows down and I have a lot of FPS drops.

Anyone else encountered that issue? What can I do? Which graphic setting impacts CPU the most? What could I adjust?

Cheers.
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Old 2021-04-15, 17:05   #2
SemlerPDX
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Default Re: Processor overheating only while playing PR

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Hello,

I think I have some uncommon issue. When I play PR, the processor in my laptop is overheating. I changed the paste, everything is fine on other games (even BF3 or BF4). Only when I play PR, my temperature rises, the CPU slows down and I have a lot of FPS drops.

Anyone else encountered that issue? What can I do? Which graphic setting impacts CPU the most? What could I adjust?

Cheers.
If your laptop has a dedicated GPU, then you'd want to increase graphic settings to force more of that processing to be taken over by the GPU. In these cases, limiting graphics settings in game often means the system will choose the best processor for the task, typically the CPU, whereas increasing graphics settings will force the system to use the GPU instead being more suited for graphical processing tasks.

Another thing you can do, regardless, is evaluate how your particular laptop "breathes" - ensure hot air is unable to recirculate into the system, and make sure that the intakes are not blocked in any way. The surface you set it upon can became a heat insulator, as well, feeding heat back into the intakes, so if you can raise your laptop off the table by a small amount (a few centimeters) without causing an exhaust-intake loop, you can help it perform for longer without thermal throttling. Yet another small thing you can do is to have a little fan nearby blowing across the keyboard and under the laptop (if you've raised it up a bit).


Beyond that, there's not much you can do - not all laptops are designed to handle extended use at peak performance, so you need to get creative until such time as you can buy a proper entry level gaming computer, or purpose built gaming laptop designed to deal with heat without such severe thermal throttling.

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Old 2021-04-16, 01:10   #3
Shaman
Default Re: Processor overheating only while playing PR

Thank you. I have Nvidia 2GB graphic card on my laptop. Most of the games do not have this problem (even BF3 goes on ultra settings). The CPU is 8x2.8gz i7. I have 16GB RAM DDR3. Moreover, the PR is installed on an SSD drive.

But always when playing PR, I can feel the heat under my keyboard and everything slows down. I even have an external vacuum/fan. My laptop is placed on a wooden desk. Maybe putting a metal plate under it would be a good idea? Maybe some compatibility/advanced settings that will force my laptop to use less CPU, more GPU?

Cheers.
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Old 2021-04-16, 12:53   #4
Hokunin
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Default Re: Processor overheating only while playing PR

- I'm no tech savvy guy, but maybe you could go to the Nvidia control panel and on "manage 3d settings", on global, manually set the "OpenGL rendering GPU" from "auto" to your nvidia GPU.

- use the "nvidia inspector" software and set the global FPS limiter to 60fps.

- PR probably taxes your CPU because its old game and relies on single core CPU perfomance, whereas modern games support mutlithreading on CPU. Hence, you might want to turn off all other unneeded services when running PR.

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Old 2021-04-18, 18:01   #5
Shaman
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Hey, I found the solution. The overheating was caused by the turbo function of my processor. Somehow (probably because of optimization), PRBF2 wanted my processor to be in turbo mode all the time. This caused overheating -> slowing down of the processor -> game stuttering.

What I did is I downloaded the "throttle stop" program. and turned on the "disable turbo" option. After that, everything works fine even with the highest details.

If anyone else runs into such problem, try this thing.
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