MBP heat and etc

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hopefulmacuser, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. hopefulmacuser macrumors member

    May 24, 2009
    hi just been reading topics and I came across mbp and overheating problems?
    Can someone address that?
    I'm leaning towards low end mbp because I'll casually Game, and I intensively use photoshop and indesign and looking to get into aperture and final cut
    I googled a bit and one forum said the latest mbp doesn't have the heat problem besides the 17 inch

    Also any suggestions of what to buy in terms of accessories and software?

    Any must haves?
    I'm getting an adobe creative suite that's for sure and I'm looking into speck. I also am looking for a keyboard cover thing.

  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I have the UB 17" and it runs noticeably cooler than my 2.33GHz MBP, even under load.
  3. Blackjack07 macrumors member


    May 15, 2009

    I have indeed had problems with heat for my MBP, but I solved it using SMC-FanControl (FREE APP). I am running Final Cut and CS3 almost everyday without any problems. Dont be scared, it is controllable.
    Lots of RAM you will need, good graphic card, but these days the standards are quite well.
    You might want to get a faster HD, it will allow your Final Cut and CS3/4 to work or render way faster!

  4. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I also have a unibody 17" MacBook Pro and it barely gets warm at all, I'm very impressed with it. I had a first-gen MacBook Pro which got extremely hot under use but it seems Apple has addressed the issue.
  5. hopefulmacuser thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2009
    So I'm getting mixed responses to the heat and one solution
    Thanks :)
    Any suggestions on accessories?
  6. friareunuch macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    i run pro tools 7.4 on my busted old powerbook 1.67, and you could fry an egg on it, but it still runs great.
  7. friareunuch macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    actually, i have a question to add to OP's.

    speaking of accessories, does anyone know how use-in shells affect the heatsink?

    i am specifically wondering about the vaja custom-fit leather ones for the uMBP. seems like those might trap more heat. dang they are beautiful, but i'd hate to put my machine at risk.
  8. Shiner macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Two things:

    1)The 15 inch macbook pro is on fire whenever I have gamed on it. You will not be able to place it on your lap.
    2)The design and metal cool the computer, do not cover them up.

    Added suggestion-Do not buy a macbook pro to game on. You will be disappointed. It is way to much money to game on.
  9. theMaccer macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    I have a low end uMBP. It runs cool on the desk, but will get hot if i use them laying on my bed (all laptops do).
  10. hopefulmacuser thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2009
    its not my intended use to game
    but boredom occasionally happens so i might decide to try and instal an mmo or any full screen game just for kicks
    its all casual
    thanks for the advice

    yay for frying eggs on computers
  11. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Probably because "hot" is subjective. :D

    Compared to all of the MBP generations I've owned (going back to the first one), my 15" uMBP is the "least hot" one I've owned. It's also the first one that I don't run smcFanControl on to force it to be a bit cooler. Probably because I use the on-board graphics, but whatever, ... I like it. :)

    Compared to my work-issued Thinkpad, my 15" uMBP is a lot more hot.

    I use an iLap for my MBPs. Like others have pointed out, if you use your MBP on your lap, it's easy to block the vents, which makes it even hotter.
  12. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N

    The case is part of the cooling system - especially on the new, unibody designs. The majority is through fan system, but the case does play a significant role. It needs to be open to the air.
  13. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    The Umbps seem to handle heat better than the previous generation of mbps. In fact, the heat problem seems to have gotten gradually better with each iteration. Nonetheless, you should still make use of SMC Fan Control, and whenever your mbp is at your desk, have it elevated so that you can maximize air flow. There are a variety of stands and such, so shop around and see what you think would work best for your situation.

    Whenever you do game, be sure you have your computer resting on something that isn't you, your clothing, or any kind of heat trapping material (ie, pillows, duvet comforters, sheets, etc) because with a little time the notebook will become much hotter.
  14. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    my MBP will get pretty hot. Right now i am running iTunes, PS CS4, firefox, safari, AE CS4 and have a few other apps open, and it is pretty hot. I have the pre-UNi's, and it gets really hot where the screen folds, right above the keyboard. I have the newest firmware (for the fans to run more efficiently), but don't have smc fans loaded..maybe i should try that. Most of the time the comp runs fine and cool. I haven't run into any problems with it, but the logic board did fail a month and a half after i bought it:( they were so quick in fixing it, right before xmas too. Great service!!

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