Macbook Pro ~60C

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by michelfp, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. michelfp macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    My Macbook pro runs at ~63C˚ when running Steam, Colloquy and Safari, battery charger plugged.

    Is this normal? Is there any change of hardware melting? Also, my AppleCare plan is due. Does that mean I won't be able to get a replacement or a repair? At least not for free?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's quite normal. 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)

    If you're not already using it, iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) will give you accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things.

    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.

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

    For Flash-related issues:
  3. michelfp thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    Thanks for the replies, but my friend's macbook pro runs at 50C˚ when idling. I thought mine would have some kind of defect.

    Can somebody please answer the AppleCare related question?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, your Mac is not defective. Your temps are perfectly normal.

    Like all warranties, when your Apple warranty and AppleCare expire, you are no longer covered. If you have need of a repair after they've expired, it will be at your expense.
  5. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    63 ~ 145… I usually run about 180-185. 190 is max I ever hit and that too with a lot of processing… COD 4 tends to push to 175 or so for me. (For those with mouths wide open, the 3 digit numbers are in F).
  6. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    It has been said, but just for reassurance - the temperatures that you are experiencing are normal. Any time that you run multiple applications or sole intensive applications, your are going to see an increase in temperature. It's nothing to worry about unless it is very out of the ordinary (85˚C idle as an example) or it powers off due to overheating.

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