How hot should my Mac Book Pro Get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thomamon, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. thomamon macrumors 65816

    thomamon

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    While using it, I notice it gets awfully hot on the bottom, towards the back. I some times have to take it off my lap when it gets so hot.

    I can't imagine this is normal?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Install iStat Pro to monitor the internal temperatures. The aluminum bottom acts as a giant heatsink so it's normal that it gets hot.
     
  3. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a

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    Depends on what you do on the MBP.

    But it always gets hot. The casing is made of Aluminum which absorb heat a lot

    Make sure the vent on the back is open and it will be fine.
     
  4. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

    Blu101

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    According to iStat pro, mine gets:

    cpu: ~100-110 on avg, 110-120 on web browsing, 160 on skype (hottest app I've run so far - haven't tried iChat yet). Often falls to 97 on idle or somewhere in the 90's.

    Bottom case 3 temps: usually in the high 80's or 90's on idle or web browsing, I forget how hot it measures on skype - just checked on skype, bottom is at 99 degrees, not bad considering the cpu is at 160!

    gpu: usually about the same as the cpu.

    All temps are in Farenheit (sp?).

    Watching a movie on iTunes or Front Row on my lap is not a problem, and does not cook my leg. iTunes runs a couple of degrees cooler than front row (Hellboy II). IIRC the temps watching this movie are approx. 117-122 cpu and 97ish bottom case (sounds hot but it's just warm to the touch). Of course, I don't have the MBP buried into the bed comforter, I'm sure that would cause it to heat up a few more degrees. I usually stretch out the comforter around the MBP to allow it some breathing room, especially at the back for the fans ;)
     
  5. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502

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    I think this is exactly why they are not called "laptops" anymore but Notebooks :p
     

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