Question about the MacBook Pro's cooling System

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Benjamindaines, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2005
    A religiously oppressed state
    I've noticed that there are not vents (other than the back) on the MacBook Pro like there were on the PowerBooks. I know that the 2 fans are located on the left and right most sides of the back vent so does the air just get sucked in the middle, ran over a cooling pipe and the blow back out the outer parts of the vent rather than getting pulled through the whole case as it was withe the PowerBooks?

  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Hot air comes out of the back vents on the right and left for me. Not sure where the air is being sucked in from...
  3. Vegeta-san macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2006
    Rest assured, as a mechanical engineering senior who just got a Macbook Pro 4 weeks ago, these things are wonders of Heat Transfer engineering. Kudos to Apple's engineers.
  4. Bunsen Burner macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2006
    And the many who helped show the way to Apple on the first iteration ...

  5. kraftzwerg macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    Unexplored cooling options?

    I am also impressed by the design of these notebooks. But, as always, it seems there is room for improvement. For example I am thinking it should theoretically be possible to use the back of the screen (note: which is made out of metal) as a giant heat radiator. There should be a way to transfer some of the heat to the screen ... but mine stays completely cool, so I think there is some potential.

    Of course other options include trying to convert some of the heat back into power. I think this has been recently discussed in the forums (some new chip that could do the trick).
  6. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    Speaker grills and all the ports on the sides.:)
  7. HibyPrime macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2006
    There are holes under the keyboard for air intake, you can see them in this picture.

    You can also somewhat see them on a non-dissasembled MBP, just look under the keys.
  8. dr427 macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2005
    Oklahoma City
    That's a good idea kraftzwerg.

    Mine gets quite hot on my lap at times. Surfing the web isn't a big deal, but making an imovie gets it uncomfortably hot.

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