macbook pro cooling tip -cheap way

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dchen720, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. dchen720 macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    i found a cheap way to cool my macbook pro by a few degrees,,, either gaming, or idle.

    i put a piece of my old PC case cover that is steel.,, and put it under my macbook pro. the cover itself has edge on one side,, so it tilts the whole thing by approx 1 degrees... and, i guess the steel acts like a conductor and helped dissipate some heat way.....

    before, when i play games, it could reach >70 degrees,,,
    but from my test yesterday, it wouldn't go pass 63...
  2. odj310388 macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2008
    South West Wales
  3. nanvinnie macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2007
    makes sense... basically using that cover as a heatsink for your computer... add in a small little fan, and it should work even better.
  4. dchen720 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    the thing is,,, the gap btw the cover is approx 10mm. i don't know how to add a fan under it... eventhough there are holes ready on the cover, for me to add a fan
  5. deltaiscain macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    What about iron? will it also work well? i don't think i have any loose steel lying around. will that work too?
  6. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    If you can't push it past 63 degrees you're not trying hard enough. :p
  7. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    I thought aluminum has better heat dissipation than iron or steel.

    Wouldn't putting something at the back end / corners to lift an aluminum laptop do a better job at cooling?
  8. dchen720 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2008
    the thing is,, where can i get a big piece of cheap/free aluminum... ?

    ur way works too,, but, u wanna be able to be comfy when typing it,, adjusting it a bit while u change ur sitting posture, right?

    that iron or steel from my old pc case gives me good and big flat surface.i know tilting it a bit would help a lot,, so I am thinking how can I tilt that thing up a bit... I have another pc case cover,,, i wonder putting 1 more under mbp will help...
  9. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    I think his point is that you've already payed $2k+ for a piece of aluminum - your macbook pro. It already is aluminum, and if it were propped up in the back, that would be one less surface for it to have to transfer heat to before dissipating in the air.
  10. nanvinnie macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2007
    AL is better for heat dissipation than FE or SS. For conductivity you need the metal to be touching your computer, but that risks scratches on the bottom of your comp.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Damn that's what I did wrong…

    Man I've been using a pillow to dissipate my heat the whole time!

    Figured it would absorb heat like it absorbs sound!
  12. Jabberwocky246 macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2008
    Water's the best conductor of heat, that's why I duct tape mine to the aquarium. It saves on electricity too, since I don't have to run the heater.
  13. Slyone macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    I keep my MB cool by proping it up on for blocks of memory foam then under the memory foam i have 6 5000rpm fams LOL my MB nearly takes off..

    Looks cool, But doesnt help much

    HAHAHA 
  14. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    I use a cat. The screeches drown out how loud my MBP fans get.
  15. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Umm... Bet your missus is lovely and warm!! ;)
  16. XeroV8800 macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2008

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