Heat when playing games on the new 2011 macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Crispy1, May 1, 2011.

  1. Crispy1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    So im running bootcamp windows 7 64bit on my 2011 15.4 inch macbook pro 2.2 ghz with 8 gigs of ram and the standard 750gb hard drive yadayadayada...

    I noticed my idle temps were around 50-60 degrees celcius..and when i popped up steam to play some dead rising 2 this crap shot up to 90 degrees celcius!

    the fans are running at 6200rpm right now and its givin me a lil scare...this isnt safe to run games at this temperature is it and exhausting the fans as well...

    BTW: the core temperatures are in the 80's-90s the hard drive temperature stays around 35-40 is this supposed to be normal:confused:
  2. GGJstudios, May 1, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your temps are perfectly normal, considering the high demands that games place on your system. Your Mac is not overheating. Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100-105C/212-221F, depending on your processor). Your temps are well within the normal operating range, as searching the forum with Google will reveal:

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  3. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    What are you guys using to monitor the temperatures?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Install iStat Pro to get accurate readings of your temps, among other things.
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    That is perfectly normal. Using a lot of CPU will heat it up pretty quick, and it's a fairly hot CPU to begin with. The hard drive should also stay about where it is as well.
  6. Kentochan macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    Virginia, USA
    Yeah I played SC2 on my 13" for a couple hours, and sure enough the CPU was up to 90 degrees and the exhaust was at 6200 RPM. Hot is an understatement, but the MBP did not have any problems aside from the heat!
  7. leo.andres.21 macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    Centre of the Attention
    Your temperature is perfectly normal.
    That isn't overheating at all.
    When I play games, sure it does goes to 87*C and fan spinning @6200rpm
    But it doesn't feel that hot, the palm rest stays cool all the time.
    There is absolutely nothing to worry about. Though I admit the fan sounds like a Harley :apple:
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I wish that were true! :cool:
  9. Al Coholic macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    Under the I-470 Freeway
    Shutting down is normal? LOL!

    A 15amp circuit breaker will also trip so your house doesn't burst into flames but that doesn't mean there isn't a problem.

    Protection isn't a "solution".

    A 2011 MBP shouldn't require oven mitts to use. Sandy Bridge or not. Apple chucked in a new CPU with total disregard for air flow and cooling. Indeed, the design didn't even change to accommodate it. Maybe it should have been and i3.

    Just look at your copy and paste job (which I mercifully snipped). These people are all wrong?

    Tell you what... as the resident mod-wannabe and keeper of the word around here, archive this post and resurrect it with the next MBP refresh. Wanna lay odds the next iteration runs cooler?
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Soon they'll be 'My oven gets hot when cooking something! HELP!?' threads...
  11. Jakeblu macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2008
    Lol oven mitts, I've gotta admire your style even if it is bollox.

    Yeah because you know what, nobody ever complained about the 2010 overheating or the 2009 or 08 etc etc but seemingly the 2011 doesn't run cooler, go figure :rolleyes:
  12. GGJstudios, May 1, 2011
    Last edited: May 1, 2011

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The OP said nothing about their MBP shutting down. Temps over 90C when under heavy loads, like gaming, is perfectly normal. And to answer your other question about all the people freaking out in those "OMG! my MBP is overheating and will explode!" threads.... yes, they're wrong. Just because MBP CPUs run into the 90s under heavy load does NOT mean they're overheating. Define "overheating". Hotter than your preconceived idea of what it should be? Or hotter than the specs for that CPU? It doesn't matter what all those users are used to.... it matters what the design specs allow. Just because a bunch of people post something in a forum doesn't make it true. Think of how many have predicted Blu-ray, USB 3.0, and dozens of other things that they just knew were going to be in the next release of Macs. They're no more right about temps. Mac portables run hot naturally. That doesn't mean they're overheating; just heating. There's way too much panic and drama about this.
    It's the same old baseless panic that happens with every generation:

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