MBP Core i7 Enclosure Base Temperature

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by penter, May 12, 2010.

  1. penter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    Hey there. This is a continuation of what's seen on page 4 here.

    I'm worried that my enclosure base is running hot, so I wanted to ask all of you new MBP owners, what are your enclosure base temperatures listed as?

    Mine always hovers at around 35C when doing light tasks, and it normally sits in around 40+ otherwise.

    It's uncomfortable and inconvenient for me, since I do a lot of graphic-intensive work, as well as watch plenty of movies. Right now, for example I'm trying to relax, watching a movie, and I have to put some sort of pad or pillow between it and my lap. Also the top of the case is warm, right where my hand rests (as I type this post)

    Attached are my current temps:

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  2. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    My 17" i7 consistently hovers around the 33c mark when doing light tasks such as web browsing and email. I also have a 7200rpm drive.
  3. Glideslope macrumors 603


    Dec 7, 2007
    A quiet place in NY.
    My 15" i7 base temp stays around 29c with fans at 2,000rpm doing light tasks, 7200 HD. Never had it above 34c while gaming.:apple:
  4. penter thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    really?!? i was just video chatting, and i had tot take it off my lap, because the cpu and GPU hit 70 and the bases hit 40....
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  6. penter thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    Yeah, idk. I think it could have been that I had just plugged it in, and the charge stat hadn't been updated yet. Or it could just be the remaining time to get it fully-charged.
  7. MorganK macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mobile, AL
    Just browsing the internet mine is usually 40-45C.

    Last night I was only uploading some pics from a SD card and it was hitting the mid90s! I do not like that one bit. Intended on looking some more into it today but wasn't home to do anything about it.
  8. mgacam2 macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2007
    I'm sitting at 50 degrees celcius with steam downloading portal in the background, safari on, and pages on battery power sitting in class right now.
  9. koruki macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2009
    New Zealand
    you could get smcfancontrol and spin the fans up to cool it down when your about to watch a movie.

    personally i'd imagine it'd be quite uncomfortable watching a movie with a laptop on your lap hot or cold but thats just me. can't leave it on a table and sit back to watch?
  10. ExcelonGT macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008

    why is your battery health down to 94% after 18 cycles. that cant be too good.

    my i7 MBP averages 50-65deg C under normal load. Thats way to high, I'm just waiting to reapply the thermal paste
  11. Pax macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2003
    Enclosure base not CPU

    Guys, he's asking about the enclosure base temperature, not the CPU temperature. As far as I can see his CPU temp is normal.

    But his enclosure base is at 43 C. His enclosure seems way too hot. Could it be his 7200 rpm drive?

    i7 users, please post your enclosure base temps at idle. And preferably your CPU, GPU and heatsink temps too.

  12. Pax macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2003
  13. AttilaTheHun macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2010

    I like to know the temp with those people useing SSD drive
  14. BrianMR macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2007
    I currently have a handful of apps running & the enclosure temp as reported by iStat menu is 30c. Ooops, just jumped to 32c. Anyway, that's common territory.

    i7 & 7200rpm 500GB drive.
  15. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    Right around 30 light surfing with stock 500gb hard drive
  16. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    15" i5, 30 to 32 normal use, near 35 to 37 on heavy use
  17. Pax macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2003
    This guy has 37-40C

    "On top of that, my system is significantly cooler forced to Intel-only. Right now I'm "idle" with the enclosure at 35C and the CPU at 42C. Previously, when I had it on auto (thus Nvidia), "idle" would have the enclosure around 37 - 40C and the CPU around 51 - 54C."

    Penter, you should read this thread, it sounds like nVidia graphics are part of the problem
  18. issiciby macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
  19. richcgar macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
    enclosure base at 43 C

    I'm only running Safari and Mail and the enclosure base is at 43 C. 2.4ghz Core 2 Duo on 10.6.4
  20. penter thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2006
    Thank you all for all the replies. It seems as if I'm not on this boat alone...

    Thnx so much for linking to that thread, Pax!

    This guy has clearly laid out pretty much everything that's going on with my machine right now. Although it's only *sometimes* that I experience freezing while on Adobe apps or Cinema4D, the heating/battery consumption issue is just unacceptable. I suggest that all of you annoyed by scalding temperatures on your laps and short battery life spans download the app that Psychos linked to in his first post.

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