Not sure if this should go in tech or gaming, so I decided to put it here. Anyhow, I got all the Crysis games really cheap from a friend of mine who didn't like the gameplay. Now as I hear, Crytek has the tendency to make even the strongest machines cry, even with the optimization that some say it has. And that is no exception in my case, I put everything on high (note not 'very' high) and resolution to 1280x720 and no AA and it was running somewhere between 40-50 FPS. Like something that is playable but not pretty to look at once you've gotten used to around 60 FPS on most of your games even with nearly everything set to max. At least more than in Crysis' case. And since, I am using a laptop, I wanted to know, what settings would be healthy for my laptop and how much should I game at a stretch. I mean I used HWMonitor and only one core was pushed past 90 degrees celsius and that usually happens only very rarely and in a very random manner, but I am unsure about the graphics card temperature, as it is not displayed in HWMonitor. Go to this page for my laptop specs: ASUS N71Jq - Specs & Reviews Note: my model only has 4 GB RAM, 500 GB @ 7200 RPM and W7 Home basic. So after taking all the facts into account, I just want to know what would be the best settings for me to keep and/or how much should I play at a stretch? I know that I was initially asking this for Crysis, but I just want to know what the general view is after I have made all those statements for most current games with the average degree of optimization (and maybe some with a bit of poor optimization).
for me i don't recommend to play in a laptop. for me it is best to play in a desktop PC
Laptop and Crysis don't really go together.
If you want to put it like that, I wouldn't go as far as you do. I'd say that it's more the heat I am worried about rather than the actual performance. As I said, it is comfortable to play, but not pretty to look at. Especially when something screwy happens like the sound just misaligns a teensy bit. But I still think it's fares pretty well compared to the speeds I'm used to playing at (20-30 FPS). As I said, I'm mostly worried about the heat.
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If you insist on playing Crysis on a LT, which is better done on a modern gaming specific LT btw, those are possibly dangerously high CPU temps. You're getting pretty decent FPS for an average LT, but it would be better to have a CPU that can handle the heat better. At the very least use a good LT cooler under it and limit your sessions to maybe an hr at a time. If it's an older LT it might be wise to have it taken apart and the CPU HS cleaned thoroughly. Don't know what LT you have, bu some older Toshiba Satellite models had poorly designed CPU HSs that trapped heat and dust.
Yeah, main thing to watch out for with gaming is temps, they can really damage your laptop if you're not careful. But if your laptop can handle it, then why not?
@Omen: I sure do insist on my playing LT because it's the only gaming computer I have. That and I stay in a dorm for my college education, so when I had the opportunity to buy a gaming unit, I decided to buy an LT and this was the best I could buy with the money I was allowed.
If you guys want specs, check the link in my first post at the start of this thread.
Yeah, I haven't actually gotten anything to cool my laptop while I game but even so, most games never pushed temperatures this far. ME2 on all max settings and 1280x720, I never saw it make any of the temperature readings that I could see go beyond 90 C, the only other one that did this quite frequently (although not as frequently as Crysis, which is always) was Batman Arkham Asylum (Note:Those readings were the max readings that I saw not the current ones right after quitting to desktop screen). So I guess I'll limit playing Crysis to an hour at a stretch.
But what about other games, then? Because even something like Mount and Blade (which is homebrew and has very few fancy graphics) pushes temps to 85 C at least. And on top of that HWMonitor doesn't show GPU temps, as well as some other components' temps.
So what should I do in the case of games like that?? Limit my time to one hour as mentioned before, or is it possible to play at larger amounts of time when playing games like M&B?
Also, when I "limit" my time, does that mean quit to desktop or shut down my computer?
Sid what make, model and year LT do you have, and what is the CPU in it? Like I said if it's an older one, esp an older design, some of which used massive HSs vs small ones attached to a long heatpipe and cooling block/fan, it may just need cleaning. Don't put off getting a good LT cooler though, esp if the temps in the dorm aren't cool.
Temps that high don't sound too healthy. Best to stay in at least the 70-80C range if you can.
Dude! I just said in my previous post that my first post in this thread has all the specs! I can understand if you have work but please bear with me when I make long posts, because that's how I usually make them. Tell me if something on that page isn't mentioned that you'd like to know but as far as I can see on that page, model, make and CPU would be mentioned. If tl;dr model: asus n71jq make: unsure to meaning CPU: i7-720QM GPU: Mobility Radeon HD5730 RAM: 4 GB Anti-heat Construction designs: Unknown Year of first manufacturing: Unknown By the way, Zam said it wasn't too much to worry about unless temps were hitting triple digits. Also I bought the laptop this year, June. EDIT: Sorry forgot to mention earlier that my dorm has no heating so it's pretty much cold, around 20 C or less most of the times. Probably gonna get colder. Also thought I should mention that CPU and other internal temps never go below 50 C even on idle. And then the other unanswered question; while limiting my playtime, do I quit to desktop or turn off the computer or put it on standby or what?