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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AmbiguousNinja, Jun 21, 2011.
How hot can my mac get before I should be worried?
376K and above, but I have read in one of the other thousands of threads asking the same question, that an MBP will shut down to prevent overheating, thus just use the machine and know, that if the MBP gets too hot, the MBP is clever enough (due to programming) to shut itself down.
My A1151 (2006) gets super hot, like to the point where it burns to touch on bare skin, mind you I don't have a widget to display temperature but is this normal for the older models?
I've noticed the heat is most apparent on the battery (no suprise) and the very top of the body, on the aluminum right at the edge of the lcd screen where the fan exhausting is located.
Then download iStat Pro to monitor your temperatures, as some people find a soldering iron mildly cold and others sweat when visiting Pluto.
Get worried when it shuts itself down.
Nice, I will do that. Thanks for the laugh!!
hahaha well put, +1
Your Mac is not overheating. 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). 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. Also, make sure you don't block the vents, which are located at the rear, near the hinge.
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.