how to help mac cool down ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hady, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. Hady macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone, this is my first post from my macbook pro retina display 13, I'm loving it ! lol, however i have a question for you guys. while reading the manual it says don't put your laptop on a soft material to not close the ventilation, but where are the ventilation ? in front of the screen or at the bottom of the mac ? i want to place it next to me on bed or on my legs but I'm afraid to block the ventilation, its not really getting hot or anything i just don't want to damage my new beloved toy lol !
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Intake vents are on the sides, near the bottom. Exhaust is in the rear, near the hinge.

    If you're not already doing so, use iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) to get accurate readings of your temps, fan speeds, etc., rather than relying on your sense of touch or sound. A forum member has posted a copy of iStat Pro that has been "tweaked" to enhance compatibility with recent OS X versions. You can download it here.
    The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C (221F), GPU Tjmax = 100C (212F) on i3, i5, i7 processors. (Source: Intel)
    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 your fans are 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 (except the new MBP with retina display, which has intake vents along the sides at the bottom). 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. For Flash-related issues:
     
  3. graley macrumors regular

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    Hot MBP

    Some people even put a thinnish book under the rear edge to increase circulation
     

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