9600gt GPU core temperature idle and during load

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wlfpck, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. wlfpck macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2009
    Hey, I was just wondering what temperature you guys were seeing when the 9600gt graphics card is at idle and under load.

    Just wanted to check to make sure I wasn't overheating or anything of the sort.

    I have the macbook pro with the 256mb 9600gt and the core 2 duo processor.

  2. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Don't worry about overheating, your computer will adjust to the heat and act accordingly. But for me, the 9600M GT idles around 50 C and once you do anything it'll jump to 60 C+.
  3. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    isnt 9600gt the one with issues? or is that 9700?
  4. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    I assume you're talking about Nvidia's "famous" 8600?
  5. wlfpck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2009
    Which temperature are you referring to? Because I have temperatures for the GPU CORE, GPU, and GPU HEATSINK.

    GPU CORE is always at the highest. When I game, I've seen it get up to 85 degrees Celsius. However, the GPU and the GPU HEATSINK temperatures are always lower.

    Just a bit concerned because everytime I find something where someone talks about the temperature of their GPU, I have no idea which of those 3 they are talking about.

    I tried searching for the 9600M GT critical temperatures but they only have them for the desktop card and not for the laptop which I find a bit frustrating. :(
  6. RKpro macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2008
    Yep. 85C is typical during games, I've seen it spike to 90C.

    I don't know the idle temp exactly because I only switch to the 9600 when I need really need it, but the entire mbp becomes very warm to the touch. But like others have said, don't worry about temps too much, the 9600 has it's own fan.

    I'm on the 9400m most of the time, and I've got the base model with the 2.4GHz 25W CPU (the more powerful models have 35W CPUs), combined with the 15" form factor, it has plenty of surface area to conduct the heat away, so it's by far the coolest notebook I've ever owned.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  8. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008

    9600 GT 512mb

    90 Deg C (Diode temp) is par for the course when gaming.

    Mine idles at 70 C .
  9. wlfpck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2009
    Most of those threads pertain to a CPU temperature. While that is all interesting and useful, I am referring to the GPU temperature and the spike that it undergoes once you start gaming or video editing.

    My main concern is the GPU since my CPU temperature is not really spiking that much.

    Whitedragon101. You sure your GPU isn't overheating at a 90 degree C diode temp? I know I have a laptop cooler, but I'm hitting 90 degree C on the GPU CORE temp. I think it's around 75 on the GPU DIODE.
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Those are just a small sample of the threads on this topic. GPU or CPU, it's the same thing, as far as temps go. GPU tends to run even hotter than CPU, so your temps are still normal. As I said, temps as high as 105C are not uncommon.
  11. wlfpck thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2009
    Alright cool, I was a bit worried since my original macbook pro that had the 8600gt failed due to faulty temperature sensor.

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