Does anybody's Macbook (2015) get burning hot?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Cratus, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. Cratus macrumors newbie

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    My first Macbook was getting very hot and I mean very hot and I would get " performance reduced " warnings and it would start to throttle, I got a brand new replacement and it still does the same thing. This thing gets burning hot like if you put your hand underneath and keep it there you'll feel pain. I thought my first Macbook was a dud and I'm sure this one isn't and it's just the way it is because it's fanless. I'm just browsing and watching a youtube video and it gets hot and even when I'm not doing anything it still gets really really hot.
     
  2. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    Check Activity monitor for rouge apps that uses your 100% or more of your CPU.
     
  3. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

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  4. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    I was about to ask the same question. I have an Air not a Macbook, but my 2015, which is not short on power, totally overheated and the Activity Monitor indicated that it was mostly all Chrome. Chrome also would consistently crash my MBP, but I thought that was because it was an old machine. Nope. Chrome sucks. I'm starting to migrate to Safari.

    Even now, the average energy impact is over 1000. Unless there's other information about overheating in the new rMBs (which I wouldn't know about), I'd suggest taking a hard look at Chrome.
     
  5. Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Chrome, Firefox or Safari, it makes no difference and it gets hot. Over on the official apple forums there are three topics about overheating issues and they have the same problems. Even when I boot it up and open no programs at all it gets so hot, and when you are charging and using the computer at the same time it gets even hotter so it makes no sense to do that. What's the point of a laptop if you can't even rest your palms on the keyboard because it's so hot and you'll hurt yourself?
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I don't have this issue with mine. I can run handbrake and it'll happily chug along and get warm not hot.

    Can you post a screenshot of activity monitor with cpu usage in accenting order and also download Intel power gadget and do the same when this is occurring.
     
  7. mainframe_module macrumors newbie

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  8. Macalway, Jul 28, 2015
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    Macalway macrumors 68000

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    You HAVE to use the Activity Monitor app, that's all. It will tell you what is going on.

    Almost certainly there is a problem with a process/app. It is extremely unlikely you received two defective machines one right after the other. I'm tempted to say that that's not even possible.

    But your posting here indicates that you are not familiar with the Activity Monitor app in the utilities folder located in the applications folder.

    Mine gets warm, and will get rather hot if pushed hard. I don't push it hard.

    It's temps range from warm to hot.

    My iPad Air 2 is similar.

    A fan, would of course, cure this aliment. But I would much rather have it the way it is. I bought it for this, after all.
     
  9. mainframe_module macrumors newbie

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    Mine gets warm (WARM, not hot) in the middle towards the hinge. Ive had it on my lap for 4 hours doing editing.... Mines the 1.1 base model.
     
  10. fatefulwhisper macrumors regular

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    Download the Intel Power Gadget (Free): https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-power-gadget-20

    and post us your actual temperature. Just saying "hot" is very subjective. I ran "yes > /dev/null &" on terminal 4 times to max out the CPU usage and the "hottest" it gets is about 94 C, and it felt "warm" to me.
     
  11. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks - for some reason, it downloads but doesn't open up when I click the dmg...I'll figure it out!
     
  12. Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For example the CPU usage can be next to nothing but it still gets hot and i'll have absolutely no programs open and it still gets hot. I have the base 1.1/256 model, forget about watching netflix on any browser or youtube and charging at the same time because eventually I get the " performance reduced " notification and it starts to lag and get choppy, then activity monitor shows that kernel_task is working hard to keep the machine cool and the CPU usage is like 50%. I'm running the intel power gadget and it all looks normal. With the first computer I went to the apple store and they agreed that it got way too hot and the diagnostics did show something wrong with the battery so eventually I got it fixed but it ended up the same. Then I got a brand new replacement and it's still the same way so I guess this is normal? Either way just picture not being able to leave your palm on the keyboard straight for 3 seconds without feeling pain and you'll understand.
     
  13. facrat macrumors member

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    It's not normal. Why would it be? Your machine is unusable. Take it back again until you get a non-faulty one. Try it in the store before leaving with it.

    For the record. I've never felt any heat at all around the palm rest. As the motherboard is nowhere near the palm rest, I can only guess that this is an overheating battery, since that's all that's under that part of the Macbook. So: dangerous.
     
  14. Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but two laptops in a row? and this one I got was recently assembled and straight from China. I had to go through a lot to get a new replacement and I'm going to have to do this all over again.
     
  15. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    Mine seems to not get especially hot. Not using Chrome although I'd like to. Even when I've had it running a bunch of stuff at a time and also (struggling) to stream a video across my (currently) way too slow wifi network at home, it only ever gets to what I'd describe as hot-ish. But never searing hot, at least not yet.

    Intel Power Gadget is a good idea to see what's going on..
     
  16. Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Intel Power Gadget shows nothing wrong and the CPU temperature is fine, the charger is not connected and I can have no programs running at all and its still so hot. I really don't know what to do.
     
  17. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    What temp/speed are you seeing when it's 'hot'
     
  18. Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right now I have the intel gadget open and the temperature says 55 Celcius, I have it charging and only using safari and it's flat on a table.
     
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  20. Cratus, Jul 29, 2015
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    Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    temperature ranges from 54 C - 58 C, with programs running or not. Watching netflix on safari gets up to 61 C and it starts to really throttle and get choppy.
     
  21. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    Two in a row points to something on your system. Also, I don't think 54C is burning hot.
     
  22. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    At what temp are you seeing the warning messages? Because your temps all look ok. Ideal world your idle temps should be lower
     
  23. facrat macrumors member

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    It's even more worrying if the sensors are reporting moderate temps but it's actually running so hot that it hurts the OP to even touch the keyboard momentarily ...

    I really don't understand the agonizing, it's obviously a bad unit (maybe from the same bad batch) and should be returned asap before it causes some serious damage.
     
  24. Cratus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When I went to get the first macbook checked out at an apple store there was one problem found with the battery sensor and I think i was called ' vcfr ' or something like that. Everybody that touched the thing agreed it was way too hot and eventually I sent it in to get it fixed and they replaced the battery and something else which I forgot but even when I got it back the same thing started happening again. Now I got a brand new replacement and the same thing is happening. I just did a fresh install and am using safari to type this and it's the exact same thing. This thing is hot and if I could show all of you in person you would all say the same thing, you can't even put your palms down on the keyboard to type for one second. I don't know what to do.
     
  25. danny234 macrumors newbie

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    Mine does (1.3ghz) but mostly when using when it's plugged in.
    Then it gets almost uncomfortably hot.
    But then again every other machine I've had (PC or Mac) was the same.
     

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