MBP 2.4Ghz 2010 recommended fan speed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tianh2002, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. tianh2002 macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
    Hello everyone

    I just bought the MBP 2.4 Ghz 2010 and I start using the smc fan control app. I would like to know what is the best fan speed to use on this MBP for long-term use. I usually watch flash video like hulu or youtube on this macbook. Do you think 4000 rpm is too fast? will my macbook fan last long time under this speed?

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Why don't you use the built in fan control settings, meaning letting Mac OS X decide, when to rev up the fans?

    4000RPM is an okay speed for prolonged time, as the fan(s) spin constantly anyway, though normally with 2000RPM.
  3. Maximus434 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Don't mess with the fan speeds, there's no need. The macbook pro will look after it.

    I have the same model and even under full CPU and GPU load the fans never even reached the 6000rpm max and are able to keep the temp steady at under 90c.
  4. RT2020 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2010
    LOL....steady at under 90c. Any other brand of computer would keep temps the 60s The problem is not preventing your computer from catching on fire...that wont happen.

    The problem is: Prolonged heat = eventual hardware failure!

    Wonder why there are so many dead logicboards? Apple does a very poor job at designing cooling into their hardware. Read this:


    I run mine at 3000 always. I put on 4000 if im doing intensive work. Keeps things nice and cool in the 50s
  5. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    well according to anandtech the 13" MBP with the core 2 duo runs much cooler than the i7 MBPs
  6. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    @OP, let the OS handle the fan speeds, there is no need for you to have to control them
  7. Pax macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2003
  8. Maximus434 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006

    Mobile CPUs are designed for high temps and having them at 80-90c the odd time when they are on full load WILL NOT shorted their lifespan. These are not desktop chips.

    OP don't mind this guy, let the OS look after fan speeds. Laptops are by nature designed for high heat. Don't worry and enjoy your MBP!
  9. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    a simplified version is

    did it shut down?

    yes - take it to apple

    no - do nothing
  10. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    I found it odd that the MacBook Pro's with the Intel/NVIDIA GPU combo have their base fan speed at 1500. Using Fan Control, the speed was set as 1500 for the default.
  11. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    Let it work with it's own settings, having it too fast when it's not needed will break the fans earlier too, if it dies naturally without any interference of programs at least apple will cover you with it's warranty
  12. tianh2002 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
    Thank you for all of your reply

    I try to let the OS decide the fan speed. However, my fan speed is always at 2000 rpm regardless of how much cpu usage. I try to watch flash video playback and the MBP is getting too hot on my lap. My temp is reaching 70 degree Celcius all the time because the fan speed is stuck at 2000 rpm. That's why I use the SMC fan control to modify my fan speed. If I set the fan speed at 4000 rpm. Then I can watch flash video comfortably on my lap. With 4000 rpm, my MBP temp is always at 53-58 degree Celcius.
  13. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    wow mine is weird then as i removed smc fan control and restarted and the fan speed was still set at 3500rpm what is the normal for the mid 2010 13in macbook pros then i may have left one of smc configuration files in the os somewere then

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