Cooling Pad For Retina MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by infiniteentropy, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. infiniteentropy macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    Was wondering if anyone has a cooling pad they have and use for the MacBook 12" that isn't quite as big as they usually are. Typically they're made for "up to 17 inch" laptops but that leaves a lot of empty space with the MacBook on it. Anyone have good suggestions for such a fitting and effective cooling pad please?
  2. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Why do you need a cooling pad? I used one for my first MBA since it had issues with overheating, but I have not experienced that with rMB.
  3. Dwayne82 macrumors member

    May 16, 2015
    I have a no name cooling pad from a $1 store.
    It helps in hot environment (summer 28°C+) to hold the performance for 3d-gaming longer than 30 minutes.
  4. Queen6, Dec 3, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2015

    Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    I have an old Promate Prostration.3 that I bought years ago. I generally use it to lift the rear of the rMB when on the road for ergonomics. The cooler has a very small footprint, with adjustable width (7" - 15.4") that allows you to place the fan directly under the CPU`s heat sync. My own 1.2 will run at > 2Ghz indefinitely with this set up;

    The Prostaton.3 is approximately a third/quarter the size of the rMB. FWIW rMB is the only portable Mac that I have observed that a powered cooler can make a significant difference to performance, should you require it.

    rMB 1.2 holds 1.9GHz - 2GHz with all Core`s lit up holding at around 8W plus power consumption (CPU only), it will then drop off to 1.3GHz, surging back to 2GHz, as thermal throttling is in effect. Placing the Notebook on the Prostatation.3 with the fan on, you can literally see (Intel Power Gadget) the MacBook recover from the throttling event. The 1.2 MacBook will now hold 2GHz, as long as the cooler is running...

    Fully charged on mains supply;
    • Ambient 26C (78.8F)
    • CPU total load 99.9%
    • CPU Temp 92.2C (197.96F) @ 2.00GHz

  5. infiniteentropy thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    I play some video games and figured I'd do some preventive maintenance and not let it get too hot in the first place. Also can use one with the USB hub to light up my gaming peripherals in one connection.

    Very nice!

    This is great information. Also, I love the small footprint, I'm going to look for this on Amazon and other such places.


    Thanks everyone for the replies!
  6. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    There's no need to prevent it from getting what you feel is too hot. Apple has that in check. If it truly gets too hot it will shut itself down... It will throttle long before it gets to that point.

    No need to use a bulky cooling pad and turn your sexy ultraportable MacBook into an unwieldy beast.
  7. Dwayne82 macrumors member

    May 16, 2015
    For regular use, yes. But if you want to push it to the limit for gaming or transcoding, you want that it throttles as little as possible
  8. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    I just improvise and occasionally place mine on a chillow pillow in my lap, which works quite well surprisingly enough.
  9. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014
    at first i wanted a cooling fan... but i observe as im gaming 8hrs a day ... im leaving my game on.. it is stable at 50-55 celsius like the macbook air 11...
    so i think no need for cooling pad....
  10. blitzkreeg83 macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2016
    Its not necessary to flush many of the fluids in your vehicle either, but you do it anyway to extend the life of it and cut down on service costs. Same applies to a cooling pad. Do you need it, no. Is it a good idea to have so you don't have to drop $1300+ on a new macbook for as long as possible, yes. This is especially true if you are going to be using it for long periods of time like work or gaming. It's preventative maintenance, even if your macbook is running within parameters for the temp its a good idea to use just to reduce heat and wear and tear on your hardware. Its about preventing a problem before it occurs not waiting for it to happen.

    Also I currently use the one posted below and it works great.

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