Failure Rate

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by lulla01, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    Just want some feedback,

    I have a 2015 Macbook Spec'd out and my warranty is over. I am having some anxiety regarding failure of the machine and it does get hot sometimes when I play some WOW or something. Do you think I should get rid of it and buy one with warranty?
     
  2. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    How far outside warranty is it? AppleCare might make an exception if it's only a day or two.

    Otherwise, my experience says failure rate is very low, and can be mitigated by treating the hardware gently and/or getting an external fan or something.
     
  3. Trixs macrumors regular

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    Kind of ridiculous though if you'd really have to get an external fan for this device :D. That's like one of the main selling points Apple boasts about, there not being any sound.. They should be designed so they last for many years, no matter how hard you use them.

    Don't know if that's the case though of course.
     
  4. blackbear219 macrumors regular

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    The logic board in mine just failed while watching a movie on a plane. I'm covered, so it's being fixed for free which helps soften the blow...but obviously (as with any machine) failure does happen. Given that it is still a fairly new product line, it will probably be some time before anyone can really determine accurate failure rates. I prefer to have insurance even if I never ending up needing it just for the peace of mind.
     
  5. lulla01 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah your thread freaked me out ha that's why I made this.
     
  6. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    Well, we all know these computers are not made to run games, as OP mentioned WoW causing the fan activity. Even lil' ol' Minecraft gets my fans cranking. External fan is a good cheap way to avoid much more expensive upgrade.
     
  7. macintoshmac macrumors 68000

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    True, but @blackbear219 was just watching a movie.
     
  8. aleni macrumors 68020

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    my old 2014 air got hot and performance is throttled down when gaming, it wasn't like that when it was new. turned out there is a lot of dust on the fan inside. cleaned it up and it's as good as new.
     
  9. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    Would inefficient cooling cause the logic board failure?
    This makes me want to open up my computer. Good idea.
     
  10. macintoshmac macrumors 68000

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    It's like asking would not drinking water make me thirsty? :D

    Joke apart, of course, insufficient cooling will choke the components inside especially because there ain't any fan in there anymore, but he was in an aircraft, so obviously air-conditioned, hence I wonder how could he have managed to heat the laptop.. so I eliminated the lack of cooling scenario from his case...
     
  11. blackbear219 macrumors regular

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    The machine wasn't even really hot at the time. It was just barely warm to the touch underneath. I think I just had a lemon more than anything else. Granted, it's 18 months old, but still, I was not putting it under any significant load that I would expect to cause any heat related issues or failures.

    I am a big gamer but I've barely gamed on this machine at all. Probably less than 10 hours total.
     
  12. macintoshmac macrumors 68000

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    Simply, the machine failed. It was not at all your doing. The machine was designed to shut off after a threshold, instead, it failed. Without even reaching that threshold. So... clearly a bad piece. AppleCare for as long as possible is must on these fanless devices.

    I wonder how will it be here in India with summers reaching about 37℃ inside rooms and 50℃ outside! Right now, ambient temperature is 26℃ and my Late 2011 MBP 15 2.4GHz with AMD HD 6770M is hovering at 55-58-60℃ with Safari open, and VLC playing MKV video (NCIS Los Angeles past episodes :D).

    I must add here, that in summers, if and when I am in an AC room, the CPU hovers around 40-45℃ with the same usage.
     
  13. Goatllama macrumors 6502a

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    I'm an artist, not a computer engineer! ;)
    (thanks for the explanation)
     
  14. rob.james.arias macrumors regular

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    My 2015 rMB failed so many times Apple replaced it after it died the 3rd time 12 days out of warranty. The new 2016 machine has apple care. Two logic boards, two screens, two keyboards replaced in a year...
     
  15. macintoshmac macrumors 68000

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    What kind of weather do you use it in? And what is your usage like? This sounds bad and serious.
     
  16. Trixs macrumors regular

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    It's not like they come with a warning. "Not for gaming or any other heavy tasks". They are designed without a fan and therefore should start throttling waaay before any heat damage could happen, no matter what you are using it for. If it dies after playing a game, then that's a design or manufacturing flaw. These are made to be ultra portable, I don't want to carry around a fan with my ultra thin laptop, lol.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 17, 2016 ---
    Maybe I have to go for a Dell after all :D
     
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    So basically y'alls are saying that they should bear a sticker saying "Only use between autumn and winter. Do not watch movies unless there's a lot of snow in them. Ideal use case is to sit in Starbucks beaming proudly while checking Facebook. Don't spill your coffee."
     
  19. macintoshmac macrumors 68000

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    You got it totally wrong. What everybody is saying is don't try to win horse races with a donkey.
     
  20. navaira macrumors 68040

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    "That's not a very nice thing to call the future of computing" – Tim and Jony ;)
     
  21. Trixs macrumors regular

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    Can't speak for the others but I'm saying the exact opposite of that so not sure why you are quoting me.
     
  22. navaira macrumors 68040

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    Ah, I did misread you. Apols.

    They should have that sticker though ;)
     

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