Originally Posted by ganzonomy
I don't know what it is either, however I rarely use it, and it's relegated to the gaming machine my little sisters use when they don't want to use their HP DV2000 (The record low scorer on Passmark 7). It runs big circles around their DV2000, but it just runs hot when gaming. Perhaps I got too acquainted to the functionality over form the sagers give. (For reference, my P9700 / 8GB / SSD loaded NP8662, when idle is about 26c; the m1710 idles, fans at full blast, at 37c.)
I think it's in good part due to design.
Nope, you got some other problem going on or your unit's vents are blocked in some way or it's on carpet, bedding, etc. soft surface. I set my CPU speed to 2.33 Ghz (can't go lower to match your T7200) with temps/fans while I'm typing this as follows: CPU: 32c and 2500 rpms, GPU: 36c and 2600 rpms. Ambient room temp is around 68~70 degrees F. Your M1710 idling at 37c is normal, but fans shouldn't be at max. Of course, it depends how you have temp thresholds set. Your P9700 must have active cooling (Peltier, phase change?) to achieve 26c (79 degrees F), which is only around 10~12 degrees F over normal household ambient temps. That's extraordinary and I know of no air-only cooling system that can match that, especially in a laptop, unless you're using it in a chilled room. Either that or you're getting fraudulent readings from your temp sensor. Anyway, good luck with it and enjoy the P9700 which seems to be an above average laptop.