The tests were performed in a controlled air conditioned room with temperatures maintained at a constant 23c – a comfortable environment for the majority of people reading this. Idle temperatures were measured after sitting at the desktop for 30 minutes. Load measurements were acquired by running Furmark and Cinebench together.
The system fans have to work hard to keep the Core i7 2630QM under control when heavily loaded, which would explain the noise levels on the previous page. The processor peaks at 81c under Cinebench load.
We also attached 5 diodes to the rear of the machine to measure the load temperatures of various parts of the chassis. These were measured after 1 hour of intensive work.
The laptop forces a lot of the air out of the side of the machine. The Core i7 processor can generate plenty of heat so the cooling system is generally quite active (and noisy). It can get a little uncomfortable if you are working the machine hard, such as when gaming. Not the ideal machine to use on a laptop for many hours at a time.