Feb 2011 MBP running hot?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by WillJS, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. WillJS macrumors 65816

    WillJS

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    It seems to me that my 2011 Macbook Pro is running pretty hot. I just started using the machine and my temperatures for the CPU is up to 50°C. Attached is my Activity Monitor, does everything look normal?
     

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  2. Medic278 macrumors 6502a

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    Everything looks normal my MBP sometimes gets up to 70, download stat pro to get better stats on your machine its a great widget.
     
  3. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    From the screenshot you provided, everything seems pretty normal. Your computer will generally heat up as the CPU usage increases.
     
  4. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    50°C is fine, absolutely nothing to worry about.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Your temps are fine. It looks like Spotlight may be indexing. You can check by looking at the Menu Bar icon:
    [​IMG] (not indexing)
    [​IMG] (indexing) (pulsing dot)​
     
  6. WillJS thread starter macrumors 65816

    WillJS

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    I was just curious because I could hear the fans spin up often. Thanks for the replies!
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Your Mac is not overheating. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C, GPU Tjmax = 100C on i3, i5, i7 processors. (Source: Intel) If you're not already using it, iStat Pro will give you accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things.

    Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.

    It is also quite normal for your Mac to become extremely hot to the touch during intensive operations. The aluminum body transfers heat more effectively than other materials used in computer casings, so you will feel the heat more. This doesn't indicate that it's overheating and will not harm the computer to be hot to the touch.

    Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). iMacs have 3 fans with minimum speeds in the 800-1200 range. They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If they're spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. (PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help.)

    The intake and exhaust vents are in the back of the computer near the hinge on all Mac notebooks. The iMac vent is a slot on the back near the top of the computer. Make sure the vents remain unblocked to allow your computer to perform at its best.

    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    Apple Portables: Operating temperature

    For Flash-related issues:
     

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