Just purchased a Notebook Cooler for MBP (review+results)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Winstonp, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. Winstonp macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2005
    In my drive to stop my computer from overheating, and crashing. See This, I purchased the Aluminum Bytecc cooler from newegg. The highest rated notebook cooler by newegg reviews. Suggested for 17 inch models...​

    My Machine:
    • Rev A 15" Macbook Pro
    • 2X 1.83ghz
    • 2gb Ram
    • 100 Gb 7200 RPM Hard Driver (more heat than 5400rpm)
    • 128mb video
    • etc...

    Before using it, running a DVD for 20 minutes under OSX, with the computer open.
    Temperature Monitor reported a CPU temperature of:
    1. 67 degrees C for one core, 152.60 ° F.
    2. 71 degrees C for the other, 152.60 ° F.
    3. The Area above the speakers is uncomfortably hot to extended touch.​

    After applying it, running a DVD for 20 minutes under OSX, with the computer open:
    Temperature Monitor reported:
    1. 60 degrees C for one Core, 140.00 ° F.
    2. 61 degrees C for the other Core, 141.80 °
    3. The Area above the speaker is warm to extended touch ​

    Numerically, the temperature difference is not great (about 12 degrees F), but the machine does feel cooler and more stable.

    Performancewise, I don't notice a change. This thing has always been fast! I refuse to test if the computer crashes (running it closed with the cooler). I will assume it does not crash with the cooler, but I will see what happens the next time I accidentally leave it running closed with a disk in the drive.

    Update will come if I ever do make that mistake again.

    Just from the basic numbers I have reported, I highly suggest this machine, as it does make a difference!
  2. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    How does something "feel more stable?"

    Does this mean it was unstable before? If so, you should be calling Apple and having it fixed, because that's not normal.
  3. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    Not enoughh of a decrease for me to warrant buying it :( Darn you apple for making such a great laptop so hot
  4. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2005
    If an object is hot relative to something cold, the hotter object contains more energy (in the form of thermal energy), and would subsequently be more unstable. This does not have any software implications.

    In non intro-physics terms: The hotter my machine is, the closer it is to crashing.
  5. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
    Right, but stepping closer to the ledge doesn't mean I'm going to plummet down the cliff anytime soon.:p
  6. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    same here, for a 10-12 degree F decrease, not enough of a change for me.
  7. chrisperra macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2006
    Ummm. Even Apple says THIS!

    Apple even says that the temperature read by MenuTemp and other third party temperature readers for the Core series chipset, is false, because that is the core temperature, not the external case temperature. The case is probably around 90-110º F
  8. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2005
    I should have mentioned: I am sure there is room for significant error with the software I am using. Even so, the machine feels cooler with the fan system.

    But to your point; I feel I should be more concerned about the internal temperature, as it is the internal components that are substantially more vital to functionality than the outer casing (goes without saying really). Given apple's history with failing logic boards and chipsets, I am willing to take measures to reduce the probabability of mechanical failure.
  9. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    My MBP is on an iCurve so its raised and a 9" fan is running to provide a supply of cold air running under the MBP. With this, I never hear the computer fan unless I put it on the bed.
  10. regre7 macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Of course, when relying on human "feeling", you have to consider the placebo effect.
  11. Winstonp thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2005
    It's possible to a certain degree, but one was certainly hotter than the other.

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