Does 17" run cooler than 15" Macbook Pro?

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  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 6502a

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    Given the same components is the cooling better with the 17" Macbook Pro compared to the 15"?
     
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I don't think so, my 17" MacBook Pro runs pretty hot.
     
  3. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    The internals won't run cooler. But with more surface area to dissipate the heat, the machine may be cooler overall.

    (I've never used a 17"... this is just a guess)
     
  4. devilstrider macrumors 6502a

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    On my 15in now and it has not gotten hot yet.
     
  5. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    The only way to really tell is to have both a 15 and 17 side by side running the same programs to really tell. Otherwise, it's all subjective.
     
  6. Major Reeves macrumors regular

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    Nah, they run about the same.
    The current unibody design no longer makes an effective use of the aluminum casing for heat dissipation.

    Long live the GrillBook pro.
     
  7. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    They will run nearly the same.

    The real difference is the i5 vs. i7 (the latter runs a touch hotter).
     
  8. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Its crazy they missed a trick like that. It seems almost a universal rule that the 17" in a manufacturers line up has more space for larger fans and bigger heat-sinks. Usually not only does this mean a 17" runs cooler but that there is a significant amount more thermal headroom, so they install a faster GPU.

    I am hoping at some point they make the most of the space in the 17" and have the option for a higher end gpu.



    (Like you say, you'd think they'd design it so at least the extra aluminium would dissipate a bit of heat.)
     
  9. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Apple has never been a huge fan of nice GPUs... hopefully with Steam now on the Mac, things will change.

    Until Apple puts a discrete card in their PRO 13" I'll be sticking with the O.G. unibody.
     
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  11. CaptainCannabis macrumors regular

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    I ran SCII on my MBP17 i7 which I bought a week ago, everything high, with Max res, and the fans don't even kick in (and if they do, they do not max out)... so imagine if it runs cool :)
     

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