I fixed the heat issues in my 3 day old Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Off1c3r, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Off1c3r macrumors newbie

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    I know some people saw my earlier posts about returning the MBP but I just loved it so much I didn't want to, but I didn't want to deal with the heat issues either. So thanks to these forums, and guides that others have put up, I took it upon myself to fix the heatsinks. My biggest complaint: WOW. Does Apple use small connectors. The hardest was the tiny one for the keyboard lights I think that is right under the left fan, and the display connector. I broke part of the keyboard light connector retention clip, and I broke off the retention clip for the display connector but was able to fix that back.

    IDLE TEMPS
    Pre: 100 - 108F
    Post: 88-92F

    Normal Activity (Browsing Internet/Youtube/Mail)
    Pre: 115-130F
    Post: 96-110F
    Browsing/Youtube/Mail: 96-110F


    I can only assume higher intensive stuff will be even better. On a side note with the youtube, standard def stuff never made the temp pass 102-104F and the HD content moved it to 110F.

    Like others.. I had the same mess inside:

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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nice. Too bad you didn't actually have a heat issue, but that thermal paste job does look like it was pretty messy.
     
  3. Off1c3r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha.. I know you keep saying I never had the problem... but it does feel better for me cooling it down :)
     
  4. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

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    Your application is still too thick.

    The most needed is something as thin as the edge of a razor blade. That is what I use to apply thermal paste. I want to just put enough so that I cannot see the dye. Looks like you have some extra on there.
     
  5. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    So you did all that work, expense and warranty risk, in fact voiding if Apple ever discovers it on a brand new machine to cool it down by 20 degrees, when there wasn't an issue to being with? Wow, good on you man, you are braver than I am.
     
  6. Off1c3r thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah honestly from the picture, it looks like a lot and I thought it was too but literally its so thin. It just looks like that from the picture. If I was to tap it, you would see the die area.

    I know it was risky, but for me personally, I love the change. Now I don't hear the fans spinning up to 6000 just to keep the thing cool. It runs so much cooler and I am way happier with it. It was a good learning experience too. I never worked inside a mac before.
     
  7. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    The person who assembled my 13" MBP must have had a light touch when it came to applying the thermal paste: it's the coolest-running portable Mac I've owned (iBook G3 and G4; Core2Duo 15" MBP). It barely gets warm to the touch.
     

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