New laptop running incredibly hot (90 degrees c?)


Jan 20, 2014
Just bought a new laptop (HP Pavilion 15-n038sa) and when I downloaded and installed HW Monitor I was shown these temps. I download speccy & speedfan to see if it was just hw monitor playing up or not. All three windows are shown in the picture below. Now, I'm inclined to agree with the speedfan results as the laptop does not feel abnormally hot by any means. The fan does not feel like it's spinning to fast though, as when I put my hand by the vent I can barely feel the airflow, there is however warm air being blown out, but then again as stated before the laptop feels warm underneath, not hot. It's been flat on a glass table too. Are the tempretures just being read wrong, or have I got something to worry about here?

I'd link the image but I'm not a validated member and have yet to receive the email to validate, but I need this sorted ASAP, if someone could link in a comment that'd be great

All I've done to this pc is uninstall bloatware, and install FL Studio, iTunes, Chrome and redownload my music via itunes. Specs below aswell

Operating system
Windows 8 64
Processor family
AMD Quad-Core A Series processor
AMD Quad-Core A10-4655M APU with Radeon HD 7620G Graphics (2 GHz, 4 MB cache, 4 cores)
Memory slots
Internal drive
1 TB 5400 rpm SATA
Optical drive
SuperMulti DVD±RW with double layer support


Feb 7, 2013
I'm not sure what "package" is but that is the only thing I see at 90c. The motherboards thermal sensor reads 40c, which I would think would be ALOT higher if the cpu was actually approaching 100c.. Could just be a bad sensor.


Jan 20, 2014

If I open speccy though and check the invidual core temps, they each say 90+, varying degrees, shall I just write it off as a bad sensor? HW Monitor did say Max temp 251 c at one point too. but that was as soon as I opened it so I just ignored that

Unfortunately, it is very common for CPUs to hit 90c+ in laptops when they are being stressed. That is based on reading reviews of over 30 laptops; both gaming and non gaming laptops. This applies to both AMD and Intel. Laptops with better cooling will likely have lower temps, but that is generally restricted to a few higher end laptops and some $1,100+ gaming laptops. This can include a second fan and in a few gaming laptops a separate exhaust for the CPU and the GPU. In some custom laptop it would also mean better thermal paste like IC Diamond.

My best recommendation is to buy a cool pad for the laptop. You may also want to disable Turbo Core so that the APU does not overclock itself.


Nov 2, 2016
My laptop routinely goes into the 90s too when the CPU is active, but it seems good at throttling whenever it is at risk of getting too high, and it's been working fine for almost 6 years now, even with the occasional overnight 3D rendering which keeps all cores maxed out both in speed and temperature for a long time, too.

It used to shut itself down when the the CPU and the GPU both worked at the same time while playing games when it was new, but after cleaning and lubricating the fans then and every two years or so, that is no longer a problem, and both GPU and CPU are able to get to their max without too much throttling.

Laptop CPUs and other components are made to withstand higher temperatures than desktop components, and unless something goes wrong early on, after a bit of burning in (almost literally), and the occasional dusting, it should be fine for a long time.

I should add that my laptop also permanently lives on an active cooling pad, and I have sometimes removed the bottom cover just to eke a bit more speed out of my processor while rendering as that brings the temperature down just a little bit extra.

My next computer will probably be a well-cooled desktop replacement, or an actual desktop computer where cooling is a lot easier and less of an issue.