How does the rMB perform in hot weather?

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  1. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Let's say like 75-85F ambient temperature while sitting outside at a table doing some more demanding tasks for a few hours. Would it likely just shut down? Anyone have experience around these temperatures with their rMB?
     
  2. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    It's normally a bit hotter than that here in UAE but taking my rMB down to my boat has never been a problem but I do not use it in direct sunlight more for glare than anything else
     
  3. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    No issues across much of South East Asia, equally in very hot conditions it seems prudent to elevate the rear of the Notebook, same as any other.

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  4. Admiral macrumors regular

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    Actually, I have direct experience with this, yesterday. Somehow I found myself in an overheated room (probably heated to 90° F (32° C)) in Beijing yesterday evening trying to catch up on some downloaded television programs. (All right, all right, it was porno.)

    While the Retina MacBook usually plays 1080p H.264 MP4 videos a full frame rates without overheating, yesterday I found that the MP4s it usually handles just fine could only manage 12-15 fps, which is pretty jittery and stuttery. Windows Media files (WMVs) were complete disasters. Playing a WMV would almost instantly produce throttling and a cool-down message. This was on a desktop or tabletop — a flat surface which should ordinarily be expected to have sufficient airflow.

    Normally, I use the computer in an air-conditioned office where the temperature is more like 74° F (23° C) or cooler. At a normal, comfortable temperature it's all right.

    Note, though, that the Retina MacBook is not much of a multitasker when playing back video. That 1080p MP4 achieves normal frame rates provided that I'm not launching web browser windows or switching to an application.
     
  5. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Elevate the rear it will help significantly with heat dissipation, I have used my own 1.2 in excess of 35C without issue. For intensive CPU loads a small powered cooler works miracles, with the 1.2 holding 2GHz + (turbo) as long as you need it.

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  6. Admiral macrumors regular

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    Yeah, but I bought this thing because of the premise of working without a fan. And it's thisclose. If not for video playback, I'd say the MacBook is a perfect machine. Maybe the Skylake refresh will make this struggle a thing of the past. Or, God willing, an ARM-based MacBook. Apple's A9X in the iPad Pro handles video smooth as butter.
     
  7. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Don't need to run a fan, just useful to know that one will have a positive effect under extreme conditions, mostly I elevate the rear for ergonomics be it rMB or 15" rMBP. Skylake GPU will be 30% - 40% stronger so I would expect so.

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  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I've used my computer in temps of 100F without no problems. While I don't normally see those temps in Boston, it has reached triple digits on occasion.
     

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