Dust inside MBP, slowing it down?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stagmeister, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. stagmeister macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2004
    I recently upgraded the RAM in my 2009 unibody MBP. It was super easy and I'm really happy with it. However when I opened up the computer I saw that the inside had a lot of dust. Unfortunately I didn't have compressed air on me at the moment to clean it out, but I was thinking, is this something that would perhaps be slowing the computer down? I.e. if the dust is reducing the ability of the fans/heat sink to circulate heat out of the computer the overheating would cause the CPU to throttle.
  2. rmackner macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2014
    Dust would cause the computer to overheat. A computer that is running hotter then normal will tend to slow down performance. If your MBP isn't running hot that I would assume it's not effecting much but always a good idea to clean it out every 2 years or so if possible.
  3. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    If you're careful, you can use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the dust.

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