2020 MacBook Pro getting very hot on bottom

JohnCS84

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May 21, 2020
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So I ordered a 2020 Macbook Pro in which I received today and set up. Unfortunately this thing runs super hot to touch. The underside of the pro is very hot. None of my others have done this under normal usage so I'm curious if anyone with the 2020 MacBook Pro is experiencing the same issue. My configuration is i5/512/16. Thanks
 

Ultra3

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My i5, 16 gb, 256 gb 8th gen was getting super warm on the bottom from some facebook usage. The screen also glitched while shutting down and the power button was occasionally unresponsive. Returned it this morning.
 

Zahni

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Mine I5 10. gen also warm at the underside. But he touchpad is ok. I don't use facebook.
 

dilutedq

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So I ordered a 2020 Macbook Pro in which I received today and set up. Unfortunately this thing runs super hot to touch. The underside of the pro is very hot. None of my others have done this under normal usage so I'm curious if anyone with the 2020 MacBook Pro is experiencing the same issue. My configuration is i5/512/16. Thanks
I have never owned a MacBook Pro that didn’t get hot on the bottom. Use turbo boost switcher and disable it when in your lap.
 
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Mattyman

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My i5, 16 gb, 256 gb 8th gen was getting super warm on the bottom from some facebook usage. The screen also glitched while shutting down and the power button was occasionally unresponsive. Returned it this morning.
Has anybody experienced the same? Surprised with these glitches since it’s not really a new model.
 

JohnCS84

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Ive come to the conclusion that it may be iPhoto indexing or just trying to finish the setup. I just received it yesterday. I will give it a couple of days and see if it gets better. If it doesn't, back to the factory it can go.
 
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tthomson

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Ive come to the conclusion that it may be iPhoto indexing or just trying to finish the setup. I just received it yesterday. I will give it a couple of days and see if it gets better. If it doesn't, back to the factory it can go.
Yeah give it a couple days to settle in and it should be OK. Unlike the MBA, the MBP should stay cool most of the time unless you're really pushing it.
 

lobo1978

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16" 2019 (I know it first hand) and 13" 2020 (your case) are getting hot very quickly heating up bottom first then upper side. If you like typing while holding on your thighs - be ready for scalding from time to time...

I burned myself with 16" -> computer was already in "stable" mode (after indexing, Dropbox syncing etc.). Just short bursts of high CPU usage are heating up downside very quickly. I personally couldn't accept it. Have to wait until Intel get beyond 14 nm or Apple get ARM to Pro series.
 

lclev

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My 13" i7, 16gb MBP does not get hot. I got it today and after doing migration from my 2017, I moved a large Premiere Pro project to it. I rendered and encoded a 12 minute video that had tons of layers, transitions and other goodies in. It took about 12 minutes to finish. This was with it still indexing and syncing too. It got warm on the bottom but nothing uncomfortable and I did not hear any fans running. It utilized 10gb of memory while encoding too! But heat was not an issue.

As I type on it now it is cool to the touch. So getting hot does not sound normal to me.
 

FILIPSN007

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Feb 15, 2017
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My MBP 13" (8th i5) is warm on the bottom sometimes, happens when it lying on bed. Palm rest area is cold when watching Netflix, Reeder (RSS), few tabs in Safari. Fan kicks just on heavy load. After one week of use everytihing is downloaded from iCloud and it's okay.
 

wallaby

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I searched the web for this problem and came to this thread (good old Macrumors!). It's interesting to hear I'm not the only one experiencing the thigh heat. I had been installing software last night while sitting on the couch and it got pretty hot, so much so I had to get it off of my lap. It was getting uncomfortably warm even just running Safari and Edge this morning. It doesn't bode well for the development work I have planned for this thing.

My 2014 Macbook Air that it is replacing doesn't have these issues, and though I love the power and speed of the new MBP, I still need something I can use comfortably on top of my legs. Does anyone know if the 2020 MacBook Air stays cool? I'm talking about the base model with the i3, not the i5 (with known heating issues).

Edit: I found this utility that I'm going to try installing and turn the fans up higher. SMC is another option, I believe, unless it just tells you what the fans are (rather than allowing you to adjust them).
 
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Shinydesert

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My 2020 13” MacBook Pro i5,16gb ram and 1TB went back to the store 3 days later. I have never ever had an Apple product that ran that hot, even with all the spotlight settings off. The computer could be on my desk for 10mins just running safari and it got very,very hot....top and bottom, so you are not the only one.
 
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Ma2k5

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My 2020 13” MacBook Pro i5,16gb ram and 1TB went back to the store 3 days later. I have never ever had an Apple product that ran that hot, even with all the spotlight settings off. The computer could be on my desk for 10mins just running safari and it got very,very hot....top and bottom, so you are not the only one.
I was planning to buy one to do some development connected to two 4K monitors actually (to replace my portable MB Air 2019) but the Air doesn’t ever noticeably heat up and not sure I want to replace it with a furnace.
 
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Broko Fankone

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My MBP 2020 13" also gets quite hot and it does it often just by having a browser, telegram and discord open. It is generally always warm without doing any kind of heavy duty work on it whatsoever.
 

Gideon Wislang

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My MBP 2020 13" also gets quite hot and it does it often just by having a browser, telegram and discord open. It is generally always warm without doing any kind of heavy duty work on it whatsoever.
Same here! Thinking of swapping mine for a 16". Also just to let you know discord isnt very well optimized and seems to be running my CPU at "100%" on activity monitor. Try close it and see if it gets cooler.
 

d1mex

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Jun 30, 2020
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Hey all.

I've been experiencing the same heating issues in my first week with my 2020 MBP, 13"

I noticed while running Chrome (4 tabs), Messages (still downloading messages from iCloud) and that's it.

Any remedies? Should I be worried?
 

Onur Cifci

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Jul 2, 2020
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same here. I searched on web and found funny solution. If you use right side type c for charging, its not heating up. Its funny but works.

question is why is happening on the left side type-c's?
 

someoneoutthere

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I noticed while running Chrome (4 tabs), Messages (still downloading messages from iCloud) and that's it.
Any remedies?
Part of your problem is running Chrome.
Just wait until everything is downloaded and indexed. Best way to tell if it’s still indexing is to hit on the battery icon and it would say what uses significant energy there. It takes a while.
Charge on the right hand side if you can.
It’s summer, ambient room temps are higher. Just like you sweat, your computer also runs warmer - especially if you‘re using it outdoors for whatever reason.
The device itself is designed to run as a giant heatsink, so it is normal for it to warm up. Place it on a desk if you can. Your body temperature of 95F+ isn’t going to help transfer the heat. If you have any hardshell cases on, I’d take those off. You’re trapping all the heat inside.
Hope it helps!
 

mmomega

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In my house we've had a 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 MacBooks.
From Core 2 Duos, Core m, i5's, i7's, i9's.
The constant.
They all get hot. All of them, for the last decade.
 
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jmj

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Just joining the chorus here. 2020 13” 10th gen running ridiculously hot. What’s odd is the fans don’t even bother kicking on even when the temp is over 100F.

Chatted with support today and they basically told me diagnostics is fine so the fan will come on when needed and third party apps that measure temperature aren’t always accurate. So I guess we just gotta deal with it.
 

Broko Fankone

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Jun 14, 2020
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It's close to impossible to report such an issue as an actual problem. These CPUs are designed to work at up to 100C, or so (you check the specs of each processor model). Thus, Apple can always say that it's "within specification".

What you can do is use a Fan control app with full functionality and set your own fan curves. You might set the fans to work at higher RPM while the CPU is not yet hot, and to start increasing speed a little early when it does start to heat up. Yeah, there will be some extra noise, but I find the random full-blast noise that comes and goes whenever it wants to a bit more annoying.
 
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Marinier

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Hey all.

I've been experiencing the same heating issues in my first week with my 2020 MBP, 13"

I noticed while running Chrome (4 tabs), Messages (still downloading messages from iCloud) and that's it.

Any remedies? Should I be worried?
I've noticed on my MBP13 2019 same thing happening. I found that CPU may sometimes reach 30-40% of its load just by opening some Safari tabs. By closing tabes one-after-one I found that this extensive CPU loads (and consequently the warm from CPU) is usually caused by ad page extensions, especially if it was a kind of windowed video. When there are no such tabs the CPU stays cold and chilling). I solve this problem (and the whole ad one) by using AdBlock Plus in Chrome. Unfortunately same AdBlock extension in Safari causes itself the extensive CPU loads and even unresponsiveness for several seconds when loading pages. This AdBlock issue and 1080p YouTube limits makes me use Chrome for YouTube always and if too much of ad - for browsing too.
 
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