1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 4, 2013 3:52 PM by sylvia_intel

    Intel i3-3120m processor problem


      Hi, i am having some issues using a laptop with intel i3-3120m @ 2.50 GHz to be straight about it heating up at its maximum - 90 degrees

      Celsius. Firstly i noticed when playing a game (when it got hot fan was going at maximum speed and processor speed went down ussually to 800 MHz).

      The game of course would start LAG'ing and FPS drop down, while about 10-15 min of playing a game that everything was smooth and had no issues at all.


      When just recently i had the same problem watching a 480p movie downloaded to hard drive, the fan wen to maximum cooling. And that really got me worried...


      Another notice is that sometimes things just get better, (while playing a game i monitor processor temperature). So sometimes the problem just solves itself, playing a game with graphics set to maximum, the processor seems to work smooth even after 1-2h of playing (stays at ~70-75 degrees Celsius with not maximum cooling, have no idea what could cause that...


      I have a hunch that when processor works in maximum temperature it wont last as long as if should.


      I tried updating VGA driver (current version:, and the motherboard driver as well.

      When not playing processor doesn't heat up past 60 degrees Celsius.


      PS.: Laptop is brand new bought ~1 week ago.


      Laptop spec:

      Processor: intel i3-3120M @ 2.50 GHz

      RAM: 4 Gb

      Chipset: intel HM70 express

      VGA: intel hd 4000 (no additional one)

      OS: Windows 8 64bit

      Laptop name: Asus X501A


      Game Minimum System Requirements:

      CPU: 1.4 GHz or faster

      RAM: 256 MB or more

      Hard Drive: 3 GB or more free space

      Video: DirectX 9.0c compatible (see right)

      Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible

      Video card with 32 MB or more memory and one of these chipsets is required: ATI Radeon 7500 or greater; ATI Radeon Xpress 200; NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/GTS or greater; Intel 950/i915g; S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro