Laptop is less than a year old. It's a Dell Inspiron 13z.
Tore down laptop to shoe horn in a SSD. Cleaned HSF (wasn't very dirty at all.) I don't think the fan spins up like it used to when I first got it. Dell's site doesn't list any software outside of normal drivers, but I could be missing something. I'll try checking again. Anyway, it ejects a nice, hot but quiet breeze.
Performance Monitor shows about 35% load @ .77 GHz.
Frustrating that a smartphone uses much less power to playback video which was the largest reason for picking up a modern laptop. Laptop got hot typing this, so I have to wonder if it is the browser (Chrome.) But Netflix playback using the Windows 8 app makes it run hot too. Idles between 20 and 25% at .77GHz.
Launched IE and went to Tech Report. Chrome is sucking down 10%+ @ .77GHz while IE doesn't register. I've noticed Chrome has been buggy as heck lately on all my machines. Leet me check this further and I'll update.
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