I finally got tired of not wanting to use my $2000 Pro laptop because of the high cpu temperatures and went in to reapply the thermal paste. My cpu temperature in istat would get up to 97* C with fans a 6k when doing things like h.264 encodes in handbrake. The fans wouldn't even begin to start up until it got high 80's - low 90's. The thermal specs on the Core 2 is 100 C so having it that close for hours at a time really doesn't appeal to me. I didn't have as much paste as some of the pics i've seen, but I certainly had too much. After reapplying some Arctic Silver 5 and putting it back together my temps went up to a peak of 100 C using dev/null. Meanwhile, my fans stay idle at 2k rpm. When putting the fans to 6k using smc fan control the temps went back to 97, hopping up to 99 for a second once in a while. I reset the smc and now the fans start to kick in on their own, but only after being at 99* for several minutes. They slowly went up to 3k, then 4500, then finally maxed out at 5700. With the system controlling the fans now the temps seem to be around the same 97 as before, but with the fans down a little at around 5600. I'm honestly kind of baffled at how the temps may have actually gone up a little. I had thought about reapplying the paste some time ago, but never did. Finally I got tired of not even wanting to encode dvd's because of the ridiculous temperatures. From what I've seen others are getting temperatures in the 80's, or at very most low 90's without the fans even being maxed. Any ideas on what may be going on? I'm going to try blowing out some dust, I didn't have any compressed air tonight. The temps may still drop yet since it has only gone through a couple heat cycles.