ASUS A7G: a Look Inside
We decided to open the laptop and take a look how is it is cooled down as well as explore possibilities for its upgrade.
Both microprocessor and memory are pretty easy to access, and users should not have any hassles with the upgrade. We would, however, advice ASUS to install a cooling system that features a heat-sink instead of putting just a heat-pipe onto the central processing unit, as this would make sure there is no overheating even in case a higher-speed processor is installed. The A7G, by the way, does not officially support Intel Pentium M chips clocked higher than 2.13GHz, which means that such cooling system may be quite enough.
The Mobility RADEON X1600 does not seem to be a really hot product when it comes to temperatures: it can be easily cooled down with a passive heat-sink and without any fans or heat-pipes.
While the CPU cooling system might be better, we did not experience any overheating issues with the laptop and even the case and the keyboard of the notebook were just slightly warm and it was pretty comfortable to work. We, however, have reasons to believe that after hours of gaming the temperature of the graphics chip will rise and the upper side of the laptop closer to the right will get much warmer.