Macbook pro temperature

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by edu, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. edu macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2007
    Hello, people.

    I just want to know what is the normal temperature of a macbook pro and how do I know the current Temperature?

    thank you in advance,
  2. dProX macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2007

    I do not know the exact temperature normality for MBP, but.... :
    I´ve also encounter a "problem" with what seems to be overheating with my MBP. Therefore i searched the internet, and came up with this.

    A lot of posts in forum threads states that they have "problems" with their macs being extremely hot. The replys suggests that the high temperature is "normal" with the CoreDuo processors from Intel, and that this is ok. (and thats to people having around 70C, which I personally believe is a bit to hot)

    You can try to download a couple of applications for checking temperature;
    CoreDuoTemp Widget ( ) - I did not get this to work actually.

    AND; "MenuTemperature" ( )

    Now this is a simple, but very efficient app. It places itself in the top-right menu (along with the battery,Clock,Bluetooth etc) - and constantly gives you the current CPU temperature. It also gives you the minimum, maximum and average temperature over the last 10 minutes.

    Even though I did not exactly answered your question, I hope it helps anyway!

  3. acearchie macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2006
    I would suggest iStat Pro its pretty well recognised round here and not only provides plenty of temperatures (5 for my powerbook and way more for your macbook pro!) but also displays other useful things like network sent/received, RAM Usage, CPU Usage, Fans and Uptime/Downtime etc.

    Very useful and sits comfortably in the dashboard!
  4. MacBoy108 macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Yorba Linda CA
    Also Temperature Monitor works great just goolgle it.
  5. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    +1 to the iStat recommendation. I use it an find it very helpful. Personally, I run both the iStat Menu and iStat Pro. menu for the quick reference while the Pro is for extensive reference.
  6. bjj89us macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    Add-on to the question of temperature

    I already monitor my temps w/ istat. Does anyone know how hot my Macbook Pro can run until the heat actually starts to damage it? Are there any programs that will warn me and/or even automatically put the notebook to sleep before it reaches such temperatures?
  7. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    CPU will force shutdown when it hits about 110'C.

    Average temperatures are anything from 48'C - 90'C. The fans in the new Unibody MacBook Pro's have more blades so create greater air flow - at 6000RPM with full CPU load, you probably won't peak over 80'C.
  8. bjj89us macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    Thanks a bunch. That's a relief and it saves me the hassle of putting more crap on my mac. Unfortunately I'm using the older version of macbook pro does the same go for my mac?

    Thanks again!
  9. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Yeah, same temperatures.
  10. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I did a Handbrake encode last night on the new MBP work gave me. It worked at 100% CPU for almost three hours. Temperature peaked at about 80˚C, fans were no more than 3000rpm. Under normal use, it's at about 40-45˚C
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2007
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Hot Macbook Pro 17"

    You guys had me nervous because my late 2007 MBP is consistently running at CPU temps of 63 C. So, I did a little googling and found this temp database for Mac Intel duo core computers:
  12. iPoTmon macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2009
    For me when im just surfing the web im around 46 Degree's Celcuis too 50. Youtube goes around 55C to 65C. Fans running these are around 2000 RPM. Even with photoshop it goes around like 50C-65C? I hope this helped

    PS My macbook pro 13 has been on for like 12 hours lol. and its sitting at 47C
  13. gileadid macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2009
    high temp

    Hey, I just got this brand new 13" screen MBP, and I don't really use it for more than Safari or a few Adobe CS3 programs. Just today, however, I was just running Safari, and my temperature peaked at just over 90 degrees C! I just got the software to turn up my fan RPM to about 5000, and it doesn't really seem to do much. I got all my updates for it, and I'm thinking it might be the OS system update, but I don't know.. I'm at 74 degrees after running it for just about 10 minutes after absolute cool.
    Is this bad?
  14. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    Just out of curiosity, how many people who have overheating problems are using a stand?

    Even when my PB G4 was having cooling problems on processor-intensive apps, just focusing a desk fan at the elevated underside kept it ice cold.
  15. regnoc macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2009
    MacBook Pro 13" (Mid 2009) at 88°C


    I've read many forums and feel confident that my MBP will shut down if it gets to hot. But I don't feel comfortable with its normal operation temperature and its peaks often with some simple operation and not much multitasking.

    Peaks at 88°C (190°F) with the fan nearly 5000 rpm. Could be simple photo correction, document creation in Pages, Safari with Flash OR defiantly with video editing or multitasking some of the above.

    Seems to always run at about 54 - 71°C (130-160°F) with the fan never below 2500 rpm. (Never owned a computer where the fan is always on). Is this normal, should I worry?

    And yes I am dependent on a cooling pad - don't feel confident any other way. And for a new computer non the less.
  16. Greenman85 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009

    get smcfancontrol. tells your temp and lets you adjust fan speed. pretty cool. also use istat and just remove the temp display
  17. drjuice macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Seems like you notice an increase with activities that hit the CPU hard. That's always going to be the hottest part of the system when it's powered on.

    What else is running? Open Activity Monitor, change the dropdown menu in the top of the window to "All Processes" and change the main column view to sort by "CPU%."

    You could also create a new account and log in to that and check Activity Monitor as well, or install iStat and see what happens. If this new test account is showing lower temperatures and fan RPMs then there is something in your account that is running in the background wasting cycles and generating heat. Check your login items and the queues for any printers you have set up.

    On a notebook (they're not called "laptops" anymore because they get uncomfortably warm on your lap) the fan should always be running as there's simply not as much room for air circulation as there is in a desktop. If your fan is not running, that's a definite problem.
  18. WvdK macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2009
    Good tip!!

    This is indeed a good tip. I have SMCFANCONTROL installed myself, it works great and (in case you are Dutch) it is free!
  19. finsinger macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2009
    San Diego
    Hey guys,
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    I just stumbled upon this thread while researching how hot my MBP can run before shutting down. I have a MBP 15 unibody with the Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 processor.

    Anyway, I was running Handbrake and my CPU temp on iStat Pro was reading 218 degrees F. What startled me was I have been using Handbrake for almost two years now with 3 different computers and never once have I hit any temp higher than 202ish until now. Even more confusing was it took my fans nearly 30 seconds to run higher than 2,800 rpm at above 210 temperatures. Any comments? Thanks for the reply.
  20. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    Maximum temp of my PowerMac G4 1.25ghz SP after three hours of 100% CPU load? 50°c. Maximum temp of my MacBook Pro Core2Duo? 100°c. Minimum of 50°c!

    So what's the deal with people complaining about the G4's temps? Surely the dual processor models can't be that much worse.

    Anyway, I just did my own study on MacBook temps and the coolest ways to run them. I'm posting soon.
  21. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    That won't be the CPU temperature..
  22. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I suppose it's the sensor under the heat sink...?
  23. -.-- -.-- --.. macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2010
    just spotted the iStat app in Apr2010's MacFormat (UK pub) under the Top 10 best free apps. Great app. Tucks right up on top, but it's only free for 15 days. It's $10 USD thereafter, but certainly worth it if you're a gauge gawker.

  24. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I was peesed when I got an alert that iStat Menus is going to be a paid app from now on -.-'

    T'was the best free app I'd ever had.
  25. bswinnerton macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    Completely agree with you @MrCheeto. Looks like were going to have to find something new now.

    By the way, my 2007MBP runs about ~80F - ~180F (That's the most I've seen it get up to). Fans kick up to almost 6000RPM's when it's doing something intensive.

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