MacBook Pro Temperature (Should I be worried?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xShane, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. xShane macrumors 6502a

    xShane

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    Hey all,

    Under normal* circumstances: 50-60 (maybe up to 70) Celsius.
    *Normal meaning basic computing such as doing homework/schoolwork, having a word processor open, having Evernote open, having Firefox with multiple tabs open (all of these at the same time).

    When gaming: 80-95+ (I've seen it hit 103) Celsius.

    That's over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Should I be worried? After all, I am gaming, though. I can run games on high settings with high fps (i.e. high, and some max settings, on World of Warcraft, with 80-90+ fps). I'm *very* satisfied with my Mac's gaming abilities.

    Should I be worried about the temperature? Is this normal when gaming? Is there anything (safe) I can do about it, preferably cheap/free?
     
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  3. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So basically it was only a few degrees Celsius from shutting down? Seems like it was almost too hot then.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Almost, but it was not. See the link I provided for more details about Intel CPUs and the temperatures they can withstand.
     
  5. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh okay. Well I'm worried about it shutting down while gaming (and it seems it was close to doing that). Is there any preferred way to keep a MacBook Pro "cool" while gaming?
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Keep it elevated and do not obstruct the fan exhaust on the back. Also make sure the fan(s) is/are running at full speed.
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    If shutting down from high temps is a problem, you could always purchase a laptop cooling pad - They’re quite affordable these days, a decent one costing about $30US :)
     
  8. noodlemanc macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I have a Belkin cooling pad and it works great. Here’s a good page that tells you all about macbooks and overheating:

    http://www.macinfo.us/how-to-prevent-your-macbook-from-overheating.php
     
  9. Philscbx macrumors regular

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    This is How I do it -
    Yes - Raised up 1/2" off the desk - off to the side - a squire cage low profile fan - almost silent - that blankets constant air flow of cooler air under laptop & across keys will work well.

    If Activity Monitor - is fully loaded bars - it really wants help.

    3M makes the coolest rubber feet that stick on.
    I use clear ones 2 inches from the corners - also works well keeping laptop from sliding off lap - or freestyle slipping out of bag.
     
  10. thegreatdivorce macrumors regular

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    This.

    But, I still like to manually control the fans. I use MSI Afterburner (on the W7 partition, not sure if they make an OSX app) to control all that stuff. 103 is pretty hot, though.

    Definitely use it on a stand or cooling pad, not your lap/bed/pillow.
     
  11. milocool macrumors newbie

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    install smcFanControl, that way when it heats up you can manually raise the fan to over 6000 rpm
     

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