Temperatures, Cooling and Noise
The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition is slim for a gaming laptop, which could impact temperatures under full load.
As you can see, on the front of the system, we logged a maximum temperature of 107 degrees Fahrenheit. This high temperature was located towards the top of the system, away from anything you should be touching frequently, if at all. The keyboard reached 105, but the all-important WSAD keys only reached 83, which is acceptable in my book. The palm rests under a cool 80 degrees.
Moving around to the backside, temperatures were about the same. The maximum observed temperature was 106 degrees Fahrenheit, one degree less than the front side of the system. However, the rest of the temperatures observed were all less than 100 degrees, aside from 101 at the other system vent. Using the system on your lap while fully loaded would still be ill advised, and gaming with a system on your lap is, well, inconvenient.
The maximum observed GPU temperature was 86 degrees Celsius. The CPU reached a maximum of 96 degrees Celsius. This is quite a bit hotter than I like to see CPUs running at, but this is the tradeoff you receive for having a slim design. Taking the temperatures and design into consideration, it's hard to say where the noise will sit.
The V Nitro produced a sound level of 46 decibels, which is right in line with other gaming systems, but noticeably higher than most Ultrabooks. For what it is worth, the noise wasn't particularly grating. Our measurement is taken in front of the laptop at roughly head level. For comparison: 30dB is a totally quiet nighttime in the desert, 40dB is whispering, and 60dB is a normal conversation.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Temperatures, Cooling and Noise]
- Page 3 [User Interfaces]
- Page 4 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 5 [Accessory Port Layout and Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Gaming Performance]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - System Performance]
- Page 8 [Battery Life Performance]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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