Can anyone with the Radeon Pro 460 speak on the heat/fan noise?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dk808, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. dk808 macrumors 6502a

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    Im debating between changing my order for the 460 (went with the base 450). The thing is, as of right now I dont see myself doing heavy gpu usage. But its only about $180 more for double the peformance so I dont want to regret it later. However, if the 460 makes the computer run hotter and louder I will stick with the 450.
     
  2. SVTM macrumors member

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    I have the 460 and it is silent unless you are doing graphic intensive tasks like video editing or gaming.
     
  3. archimon macrumors regular

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    How noisy when gaming? Noticeably hot?
     
  4. SVTM macrumors member

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    You can hear the fans kick on and it gets warmer to the touch like previous MBPs but nothing unbearable. In fact I think it stays a little cooler than my previous 2012 MBP.
     
  5. Stanfield macrumors newbie

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    I didn't do an exhaustive test but I would agree with SVTM. I had it on my lap with gym shorts on and I didn't notice a temp difference while gaming. I'm sure there is one but it wasn't enough for me to pay attention to it. Fan noise is present but not like a hair dryer or anything. I wasn't pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was but I also wasn't upset at the noise. If I had to guess it was quieter than my maxed out mid-2014 but I can't compare as that one died a horrible death. Hence the purchase.
     
  6. archimon macrumors regular

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    Good to hear - my pre-retina 2012 model can get uncomfortably hot and quite noisy even under mild strain these days. Might be a problem with dust in the fans, but I doubt it's only that. Good to hear it won't be uncomfortable on my lap under some strain.
     
  7. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    460 here. Not abnormally noisy or hot. The 460 is a higher clocked chip with a few more components enabled - it has the ability to perform at the same heat/noise levels as the lower end chips when not under heavy load, and the notebook has been designed with the full 460 output in mind. If heat/noise are your only holdbacks, go ahead and get the 460.
     
  8. dk808 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you! So as long as im not doing any heavy gaming it should be pretty silent and cool?
     
  9. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    Mine has been totally silent until I started editing 4K video today. Under load, it's quieter than my outgoing Late 2013 15" MBP with 750M.

    It definitely runs warm after working for awhile no matter what you're doing, but I don't think this is unique to the models with the Pro 460.
     
  10. dk808 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So when you say it gets warm are you talking about even when its jsut using the IGPU? If thats the case, then im fine. As long as theres not more added heat from the 460 over the 450
     
  11. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    Correct - typical MBP warm-ness while running the iGPU. I haven't been able to extensively test this, but I don't notice anything out of the ordinary and I've been editing video on it for a few hours.
     
  12. dk808 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    anybody with the 450 also wanna talk about their experience so far?
     

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