I really enjoyed the game after several patches improved a lot of things, I was doing a second run early this year, but when I heard about the 2.0 patch overhauling just about everything, I held off.
Fast forward to last night playing it a new once again, it is vastly different to the OG game and better in every respect. It does come with a warning and it is not a joke. In an article one of the CDPR guys suggests doing a Cinebench R23 run to see how your thermals hold up before trying it out. At first I thought it was a bit of satire but after playing for a while last night. They really meant it. The new update makes it utilise up to 8 cores. Which is pretty intense as you can imagine.
I can play Destiny 2 at QHD 120hz on my A15 6800H RTX 3070 (reworked with Conductonaut Extreme and U6 pro, sat on a GT500) and usually spike at most 65c on both CPU and GPU. Average temps are much lower usually around 55c. Last night my CPU saw 80c spikes and was sat in the 70c range and the GPU saw 74c. The workload is real.... this was limited to 70fps too to try and limit some of the draw. Oh and I used MSI afterburner to undervolt and OC the GPU so that it is cooler than stock settings.
What am I getting at you say?
If your machine throttles in Cinebench, you may have a real hard time running Cyberpunk 2.0. If you don't have a good cooler like the GT500, it may be worth investing in one. Stock TIMS may also not be enough depending on your machine. Before I reworked my girls gen 7 Legion 5 6800H RTX 3060, her machine could hit 80c on the CPU and mid 70s on the GPU when playing destiny at QHD at 60hz on the TV. Rare spikes and all, but you see what I'm getting at, D2 is not a demanding game and it can still draw some heat. her machine is sat on a homemade cooler with 2 x Arctic P12s at 12v too.
If more developers end up taking a similar approach and can hammer 8 cores at once, laptop thermals may become an issue without devices like the GT500 and budget friendly options may also need the use of liquid metal to actually be used without throttling.