Average MBP 13" Temperature

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  1. epmatsw macrumors member

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    Hey everyone, I've been wondering about the temperature in my new Macbook Pro, especially when ripping DVDs with Handbrake. I searched and found a similar thread, and the general consensus seemed to be that a full CPU load would make it run around 80C or 175F. However, just from watching iStat, my MBP was up to 205F or 96C before I worried and turned the fans up with SMC fan control. Until then, I hadn't had SMCFC running, but the fans were still at 2000rpm. So, anyway, my point is, can someone else tell me what temperatures their macbook pro is running at so I can see if this is normal or not?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Why are you asking a question you already know the answer to?

    If your fans won't go above 2000RPM, there is something wrong with your MBP.
     
  3. Conexionz macrumors newbie

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    My 13" MBP 2.53 is currently at 59 C with the fans at around 2000 rpm, is that normal?
     
  4. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Hmm, my fans won't turn up by themselves either, I had to install fancontrol. My computer was like 76 celcius and smoking hot, yet it did not make the fans go over 2000 rpm without fancontrol.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I found that my fans would not crank up beyond 2k until I reset the SMC after that, they did work as expected. btw, I use smcFanControl to manually adjust the fans as I'd prefer a lower temp but higher fan speed
     
  6. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    how do u reset smc? Just hold left shift while turning it on using the power button? I did that and then got my cpu to 94 celcius and no fans went on. Guess I gotta go to the apple store and talk to them.
     
  7. integragsr macrumors member

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    My mbp 13'' under normal usage I see that get temps around 50 to 60 Celsius, Im assuming that is normal from what most macbook users say.
     
  8. bender7 macrumors newbie

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    i've got firefox and utorrent open. it's sitting on my wooden desk and the temperature is 52C and i'm running the fan with smc at 4000rpm. bought this mbp about a month ago.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I cannot answer how to do it on the current MBPs because you cannot remove the battery, but the apple docs state to shut it down, remove the power plug and battery. Hold the power button down for something like 5 seconds and then put it all together.

    Apple KB on resetting SMC
     
  10. integragsr macrumors member

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    ok, so i thought my mbp was running under normal temps but I see that just using firefox, watching youtube or playing some flash games. My mbp is getting temps of 76 Celcius @ 2700rpm, is it normal?
     
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  12. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    Firefox with 5 tabs, iTunes, iChat, and Last.fm scrobbler and I'm running at about 52*C with fans manually set to 3000.
     
  13. integragsr macrumors member

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    how do you manually set it to 3000, is it recommend it?
     
  14. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    You can use a program such as smcfancontrol. There really is no point though. The system regulates the fan speed on its own and will increase the speed if the temperature passes a certain threshold.
     
  15. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    I use smcfancontrol. I generally set it at 3000, or if over 60*C then I set it at 4000rpm, and if it hits 70 I usually set it at 5500. I'd rather keep it cool, then run it hot.
     
  16. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    That is the problem, for alot of people with the new MBP 13" it wont regulate. I reset my SMC and with the CPU at 95 celcius it would not increase the speed of the fans over 2000 RPM.
     
  17. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same problem. My CPU has to get to 85*C and stay there for a few min before the fans go to 3k RPM

    I just use smc to monitor them. If I'm going to be doing anything intensive I'll jack them up on my own. I actually prefer monitoring and altering the fan speed on my own.
     
  18. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but what I am afraid of is if I leave the computer on and start something and maybe go afk for 10 min the computer will fry itself cus I forgot to turn up the fans. They should do it on their own too.
     
  19. zw-gator macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I know, OS X will still manage the fan(s) on the laptop. SMC doesn't completely take over.
     
  20. NikFinn macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, I believe SMC only sets the minimum they will run at, but they can still go up if it gets a bit too hot.
     
  21. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Well, OS X isn't managing mine at all. 95 celcius for 4 minutes and they were still at 2000 RPM. Others seem to have the same problem.
     
  22. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I'd do a SMC & PRAM reset, run a Handbrake encode and see if temps. still stay that high without fan speed increasing. If speed does't increase, return or go see Mr. Apple Geni-ass.

    It does seem to take a bit longer for them to kick up in speed but mine does increase.
     
  23. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    How you do a SMC and PRAM reset on these 13" where you cannot take the battery out?
     
  24. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    The PRAM would be the same c-o-p-r on restart.

    The SMC should be the same as the Air and the u MBP 17":
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411
     
  25. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, after resetting both it now works. It is slower then on my old unibody macbook, but now it will rise after a min or two over 80 celcius. Before I reset I could be 5 min at 95 celcius without it rising.
     

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