PDA

View Full Version : Is this imac supposed to be this hot?




jlyanks85
Dec 11, 2010, 09:08 PM
After hours of continuous use, the imac gets pretty warm on the top. Is this normal since all the major parts are inside the monitor? Or is this something I have to worry about?



Intell
Dec 11, 2010, 09:08 PM
All perfectly normal, if it gets too hot the fans will rev up.

PurrBall
Dec 11, 2010, 11:33 PM
Yeah, the aluminum is used as a heatsink.

armada120
Dec 12, 2010, 01:25 AM
Yeah, the aluminum is used as a heatsink.
The aluminum is not used as a heatsink. There are two heatsinks; one for the CPU and one for the GPU. As a side effect of there being two hot pieces of metal inside an aluminum "oven" if you will, the aluminum heats up.

mulo
Dec 12, 2010, 08:04 AM
The aluminum is not used as a heatsink. There are two heatsinks; one for the CPU and one for the GPU. As a side effect of there being two hot pieces of metal inside an aluminum "oven" if you will, the aluminum heats up.

thus acting as a heatsink.

harcosparky
Dec 12, 2010, 09:15 AM
The aluminum is not used as a heatsink. There are two heatsinks; one for the CPU and one for the GPU. As a side effect of there being two hot pieces of metal inside an aluminum "oven" if you will, the aluminum heats up.

thus acting as a heatsink.

Yes, though the housing is not directly connected to any high heat generating components the fact that it is aluminum ( a rather fast thermal conductor ) it is helping to dissipate some of the heat generated inside the enclosure.

The top of the enclosure will be hotter then the lower side, after all heat rises! :D

whoda
Dec 12, 2010, 10:40 AM
Kind of amazing how much work must have been put into making such a sleek design. Quiet, elegant and logical.

TMRaven
Dec 12, 2010, 12:27 PM
The aluminum is not used as a heatsink. There are two heatsinks; one for the CPU and one for the GPU. As a side effect of there being two hot pieces of metal inside an aluminum "oven" if you will, the aluminum heats up.

In other words, a heat sink.