Is the new 2011 13" mbp cooler?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jama12uk, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. jama12uk macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    I have been holding back on the trigger for buying my first apple product for a couple of months now. I am a student in a final year of uni and would like to take advantage of the apple educational discount (UK students get an amazing deal) before I graduate.
    I purchased a base 11.6 air and used it for a week or so. I couldn't make my mind up whether the screen was large enough or not and decided that I would return it as would opt for 4 gigs of ram to future-proof my purchase as much as possible. My needs are simple I do no video editing and only occasional cropping of photos and adjusting brightness and red-eye etc. I decided to wait for the imminent mbp update hoping to be blown away but I wan't I would have liked a higher resolution screen to view photos etc. The new pro seems much better value than the air and the main thing holding me off the purchase is the heat issues that many reports suggest are present. The air, for the short period of time I owned it ran very very cool to the touch. As I will never use the laptop for video editing or gaming I don't imagine the processor will get anywhere near maxed out ever. A friend has a 2009 pro which feels hot to use on the lap, is this 2011 generation cooler. I am more than happy to purchase a ssd for the pro as the air was so snappy, will this reduce the heat output dramatically? I don't want something that is going to get really hot on my lap.

    (The 13" mba is not an option because of price).

  2. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    According to

    2011 13" 2.3ghz i5

    Heat - Touchpad: 80 degrees F
    Heat - G+H Keys: 90 degrees F
    Heat - Bottom: 90 degrees F

    2010 13" 2.4ghz Core2Duo

    Heat - Touchpad: 82 degrees F
    Heat - G+H Keys: 92 degrees F
    Heat - Bottom: 96 degrees F
  3. jama12uk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    Is this while encoding or other high end processing task, or for simple word processing, photo/video viewing and internet browsing?

    Thanks in advance
  4. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    Well, here's the article:

    As a caveat, I've heard conflicting reports of the heat. Universally, it is said that the new MBP is louder.
  5. jama12uk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    mbp 13"

    Is there anyone out there that can comment on the heat from the base 13" mbp 1st hand?

    Doesn't matted about numbers, do they just feel too warm to use on the lap for basic surfing, word-processing, video etc.
  6. jama12uk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011

    Am I best waiting for apple to fix the problem of too much thermal paste before buying a new mbp 13" base?
  7. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    It's been going on for years so prob not.
  8. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    Sorry for contradicting myself the other day. I now have both base 13" models from 2010 and 2011 next to each other on my desk. The 2011 undoubtedly runs warmer. I installed the iStat app on both machine. I closed all applications and then left dashboard on both machines. The 2010 CPU temperature gradually declined: 31C, 30C, then eventually 29C. The 2011, on the other hand, hung around 38C. Usually fluttering between 37-39 C. 2010 didn't seem that unstable, not sure if that is a reflection of anything. The fan (?) on the 2011 is perpetually audible, not terribly loud, may escape the notice of someone less conscious of it. However, according to the iStat app, the fans on both machines rev at about the same speed when idle or in light usage. I don't know why you hear it on the '11 and not the '10.
  9. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    In normal use the fan on my 13" 2.3 is inaudible. I hear it occasionally but have to be doing something CPU intensive to hear it--and as a recovered audio nut, I'm sensitive to noise.
  10. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    It has to be the hard drive I'm hearing - I have no idea why? Let me emphasize that it is not "loud," but annoying if you have a low tolerance for it and are used to the deathly silence of the 2010s. I'm liking the 2011 more and more though.
  11. jama12uk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2011
    2011 macbook pro

    Do you think that a ssd would reduce noise and temp?
  12. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    Another poster claimed exactly that. I don't know why stock HHD noise it is so prevalent among the new machines.
  13. matteofox macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yes, the noise is produced not only by the CPU fan but also by the HDD motor, so an SSD can reduce noise and also temp since it works cooler. Maybe you can see better effect also on battery life but i dont know if that can be noticeable.
  14. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    Well, according to iStat the HDD bay temps are only a few degrees warmer on the '11 compared to the '10. And, the noise has to the be the HDD, since my '10 fan is revving at the same speed and deathly silent.
  15. shoegal macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    @AppleGoat your noise on the 2011 also coming from the bottom right corner? With mine it's continuous and constant doesnt get much louder than it did at first but still audible
  16. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    Yes exactly, if there were an ambient noise in the room I wouldn't be able to hear it -- but, as the room is relatively quiet, I notice it in perpetuity.

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