Question about the MacBook Pro's cooling System

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

  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    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?

    --Cheers
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    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

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    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

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    And the many who helped show the way to Apple on the first iteration ...

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  5. kraftzwerg macrumors regular

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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