Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
I have to say, of the stacks of laptops I have had Toshiba and Hewlett Packard are by far the hottest running, which in my book makes them clunkers!!
Dell's are better now, but back a few years ago, they were real scorchers! I remember a Dell 600-series (I think that's what it was) that could burn the hair off your legs if you tried to put it on your legs while you were wearing shorts. And, since the vents were on the bottom, if you laid it down on the rug or your bed while it was running, it would either shutdown or blue-screen after about 15 minutes.
Going back to the OP, I think this is one of the big advantages of the latest processors. They have been engineered to lower the clock speed while not losing performance and they have much lower power consumption and much higher efficiency - all contributing to lower temps.
Still, I can tell you that my nice thin Sony Vaio has a fairly noisy fan when it kicks on. I guess that form factor has it's trade-offs. It's very noticeable when you try to use the on-board microphone.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 7/14/12 at 5:43pm