Posted by Deepak Kumar | Posted in SQL DBA, Uncategorized | Posted on 03-01-2011
I rarely find time to play computer games, however when I do, I certainly go for Need for Speed racing game from EA. Considering high system requirements for now a days demanding games and with prime reason to run multiple virtual machines for SQL testing, I decided to go for Lenovo laptop for the second time. It was hard to choose but I was somehow confident with what I have chosen. Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 06465BU is a pretty decent size hardware to do most of stuff, Under the hood It has:
Processor: Intel Core i7-740QM Processor ( 1.73GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 1GB
Total memory: 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
Display: 15.6″ HD LED Glare 1366×768
Pointing device: Industry Standard Touchpad
Hard Drive: 500GB 7200
Optical Drive: DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Network Card: Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000
Bluetooth: Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
The trouble started 100 days ago, but that time I was busy and could not work to find a reason. During this holidays leisure time, I uncovered NFS dvd again to find where did I leave the game on. I played for close to 90 minutes and boom, system shutdown abruptly; the same had happened earlier as well. I checked, laptop was burning hot and noise level was high. I tried booting system again but it did not. Ok, what to do, I put laptop in balcony to get it cool. it was close to 2 degree Celsius outside that did good job quickly. I installed Speedfan and found CPU temperature is nearby 41 degree and system was running fine.
I decided to play again while SpeedFan is monitoring & doing its work, very soon system got hot and started burning like oven. SpeedFan results were surprising, I played NFS for only 45 minutes and CPU was burning close to 92 degree Celsius already; I kept on playing for few more minutes till it crashed, perhaps one of CPU core temperature touched 100 degree Celsius.
Overall, its good to have a big hardware but its not always possible to keep running on 100%, limits can not hold for a long time even when its matter of playing a game. I may buy a laptop color to keep it cool and will see what else can be done other than moving to Iceland. On lighter side of this episode, Thankfully I have habit to keep laptop on table while working; I can not imagine what may happen if someone put in lap all the time.