|Jan 27, 2013, 10:43 PM||#1|
So i just got my new Macbook Air set up.
Here are the specs (1.8GHz dual-core intel, Turbo boost to 2.8GHz, 4GB of onboard 1600MHZ, Intel HD graphics 4000)
So my primary concern here as stated in the title is overheating issues, generally my mac sits at around 80 - 100 F. which is no worry, however, when i play any sort of low performance demanding games (ex. Minecraft) the laptop heats up and sits steadily at around 200 - 215 F. Should i be concerned with that temperature?
Also, i have a Antec fan that my laptop sits atop of, this fan is HUGE and covers the entire bottom of my laptop which definitely cools it substantially, however, i am still concerned with how high the temp. is when i play low demanding games.
If someone could reassure me I'm fine or suggest some cooling techniques (exhaust... ect) or should i immediately stop playing any games what-so-ever on my Mac? It'd be appreciated, thanks again.
|Jan 28, 2013, 02:02 AM||#2|
It's kind of a given due to size constraints within the device. I could show you my teardown of a MacBook Air, but this isn't something that you really need to be concerned with. Game on.
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|Jan 28, 2013, 02:59 AM||#3|
The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C (221F), GPU Tjmax = 100C (212F) on i3, i5, i7 processors. (Source: Intel)
If you're not already using it, iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) will give you accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things.
Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.
It is also quite normal for your Mac to become extremely hot to the touch during intensive operations. The aluminum body transfers heat more effectively than other materials used in computer casings, so you will feel the heat more. This doesn't indicate that it's overheating and will not harm the computer to be hot to the touch.
Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). iMacs have 3 fans with minimum speeds in the 800-1200 range. They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level.
If your fans are spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC.
(PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help.)
The intake and exhaust vents are in the back of the computer near the hinge on all Mac notebooks (except the new MBP with retina display, which has intake vents along the sides at the bottom). The iMac vent is a slot on the back near the top of the computer. Make sure the vents remain unblocked to allow your computer to perform at its best.
Learn about the fans in your Mac
Apple Portables: Operating temperature
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