MacBook Pro 2011 Overheating Problems?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Shakenbake158, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Shakenbake158 macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2011
    I've been researching and trying to decide whether or not I should buy a MacBook pro. During my research I noticed plenty of people commenting on how bad the 2011 MacBook pro overheats, and how fast the fans spin. There were multiple people who had got up to 80 degrees celsius just by watching a 1080p YouTube video. I really like the looks of the MacBook, but if they get that hot its not worth it. What do you guys think?

    I really want to get the Macbook Pro, but I don't like my laptops to run hot, should I get it?

    Also Performance dosen't matter because I already have a desktop PC that I uses for editing, gaming etc...
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    In most of the cases where someone claims their MBP is overheating, it's not. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100C/212F - 105C/221F, depending on your processor). iStat Pro will give you accurate readings of your temps, among other things.

    Unless there is a rare defect in your Mac, your temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload you're putting 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.

    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). They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If they're spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help. Also, make sure you don't block the vents, which are located at the rear, near the hinge.

    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    Apple Portables: Operating temperature

    Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes". Then look to see what apps may be placing high demands on your CPU/GPU.

    There is not an overheating problem with Mac portables. There is only a perceived overheating problem. That's partly due to the fact that the aluminum casing transfers heat better than some other notebook materials, so they may feel hotter to the touch than notebooks made of other materials. It may even become hot enough to be uncomfortable to rest on your lap. This, too, is normal. Because a user is unfamiliar with the heat normally generated by a Mac portable doesn't mean there's a problem with the Mac. Only on rare occasions is there a defect that causes true overheating.
  3. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    Couldn't have said it any better than GGJstudios did.

    I'm really not sure why people make it out to be such a problem. Yes, it gets hot. Yes, it's designed to work that way. You have a 14-day return period after you purchase a MBP. Get one and try it out. If you can't stand the heat, return it (and get out of the kitchen...sorry, couldn't resist).

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