Famous 07/08 pro heating issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by elf69, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    So I have a 17" macbook pro it works right now but gets hot.

    The 15" also suffers the gpu issue.

    Now I been reading a few things online and well might be be extreme but if it saves the laptop then it worth it.

    Read in few places that they have got the 15" models down to 30/40 degrees.

    buy doing this:


    Drilling few holes where the fans are to allow more air flow.
    Most windows laptops have bottom vents to allow air flow.

    might seem extreme but if it keeps the laptop from killing the GPU then it worth it.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Eeeek! I wouldn't do that.

    You'd be much better off stripping down the cooling system and cleaning off the thermal paste with something like TIM Clean: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Akasa-AK-T...UTF8&qid=1476779889&sr=8-1&keywords=tim+clean

    Then reapply the thermal paste with good quality stuff, such as Arctic Silver: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arctic-Sil...id=1476779924&sr=8-1&keywords=Arctic+Silver+5

    The tree-hugging eco thermal compound that Apple use tends to either crack & dry out very quickly over time, or is applied very liberally, which has the opposite effect.
  3. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I need find a good solution as got my 17" plus one working 15" on its way to me.
    Also one dead (i think) unit but also a working mobo.

    So will have 2 15s and one 17.

    I am planning on selling the units to clients of mine.
    Many clients have had enough of windows, primarily windows 10!

    outside of work I do 1 on 1 tuition mainly with tablets (android) but many of my clients, mostly elderly cannot get on with windows 10.
    2 have bought macs and are very happy.

    Anyway back to topic....

    I use titan paste in my own machines.
    They are twice as efficient compared to "standard" paste.

    If was keeping machines then drilling holes not an issue but as plan on selling to my clients this is not so good an idea.

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