Is your Mac hotter than when it's new?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gngan, Mar 29, 2013.


Is your Mac hotter than when it's new?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. gngan, Mar 29, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013

    gngan macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    I've observe 3 Macs in my family and they tend to run hotter when time goes by. Under the same situation, the fan would NOT kick in when it's new but after a while of using it (several months later), the fan would kick in. Anyone notice this?

    Is it because of the dirt/dust inside? Or maybe the thermal paste needs to be reapply?
  2. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    Definitely a possibility. I haven't measured the temperatures of my mac's right when I got them, so I'm not sure on a personal level. Maybe they run hotter because the longer you have your device, the harder it is "working" due to more content and applications/files?
  3. Robster3, Mar 29, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2013

    Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I have a 09 27" and it is a flipping heater, worse for sure, just got SMC fan control app and have to have the fans on about 1/2 to keep the temp down to about the 35-38c which is ok in my office now. Before i would have to keep putting it to sleep.
    Was going to get a new one but might see how it goes.

    Got a 15" mbpr refurb 2 days ago and it gets Hot along the alluvminum at back of keyboard and underneath, you couldn't use it on your lap.
    Sending it back maybe not sure?

    So far the only Apple product i have had that doesnt get hot is the iPad mini.
  4. miopod3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    I've been running a retina 15 inch for at least 10 hours daily, for months and it usually remains quite cool, haven't noticed any changes
  5. gngan thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2009
    I never measure the temperature too but it is very obvious.

    When watch videos on youtube when it was new, the fan wouldn't kick in and the fan will kick in for sure when i watch youtube videos.

    This has happens with my 2007 MB, 2009 MB and 2011 MBP.
  6. xShane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States
    Mine has not had that issue (slightly older than two months now) yet.

    However, that makes sense. As OS X gets more advanced and more demanding, your computer will run hotter.

    It could also however be related to dirt/dust.

    There's various possible reasons really.
  7. trigonometry macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    South Carolina
    This. And all the parameters you've changed over time and the little "inconsequential" performance tweaks you made/installed and forgot about. You can't compare a fresh new machine with a well used and fully loaded one. That's why Apple's common solution to all problems is to do a clean install.
  8. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    I feel a dirty fan has something to do with this
  9. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Probably the thermal paste. The 2011 models are notorious for having sheer wasteful amounts of paste poorly globbed on, which in turn has the paste acting more like an insulator rather than a conduit to channel heat...

    As the paste ages, it will lose its ability to transfer heat. Especially if poor quality grease is used.

    If people can, buy Arctic Silver, go to an Apple store, and convince them to apply a proper amount on the CPU and GPU properly...

    My2011macbookpro, before it went down, had a great guide on how to replace that... and they also showed another great engineering gaffe - a gap between a controller chip and heatsink (the USB controller or something)... and how to fix it, voiding the warranty in the process... pity it went down, it was a useful resource...


    Very true - as the air channel is reduced thanks to dust, temperatures will increase due to limited airflow output...

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