Clarification on max temperature.

Robert Blair

New Member

I will apologize in advance for being a complete novice. I got my first decent computer and downloaded HWINFO to see what's going on inside. The max temperature has me startled, though. The current temp runs between 40c and 70c, which I expect. But the max temp on a couple cores will jump up to 98c while the current temps are all in the 30s, 40s or 50s. It seems that anything I do (sometimes just at idle) a 95+ reading will pop up on a couple cores and it will inform me that the computer has throttled itself.
I saw a warning about the HWINFO maybe not having access to a sensor, so I told it to ignore that sensor, if thats relevant. Are the temps really jumping up 20-50° and coming back down too fast for the current temp reading to follow? I just watched the current temp flash from 43 to 97, and back to 43 in less than a second. I heard the i9 runs hot but that seems a bit crazy.
It's an MSI GE66 notebook with an i9-12900hk and a 3080ti.


HWiNFO Author
Staff member
It's quite common for notebooks that temperatures can quickly ramp up so high. Notebooks have constrained cooling capabilities and it takes time for the cooler to kick-in. It's also quite common that such systems hit thermal throttling and several vendors claim that's by design and expected.

Robert Blair

New Member
I appreciate the fast reply. Blows my mind that it can ramp that quickly, but I guess it is what it is. Going to see if I can get this thing to let me undervolt it a bit, but it seems to be very stubborn about allowing such a thing.
If you have time to throw out a couple tips to unlock that, I would appreciate it. I know that's not the subject matter here and I'm sure you have plenty to do, so if the thread dies I understand.
Thanks for the clarification, it's nice to have support actually answer a dumb question from a newbie. I'll definitely be recommending this software.