MCP overheating issues - please clarify?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by futabasan, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. futabasan macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
    Hi guys, just a quick question if you guys could help me out.
    I'm considering buying a MCP to replace my 5 year old laptop but I've heard of overheating on the 2011 Macbook pros. Can anyone clarify if there's actually overheating issue or is it just a minimal amount of users experiencing this?
    Thanks in advance
  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Hi. It's impossible to answer your question. No one has any numbers. We don't even know how many MBPs have been sold, much less how many users have experienced overheating issues. Sorry.

    But, from my own experience, heat is not an issue. None of my colleagues who own MBPs have had problems.

    Apple has a warranty and stores you can go to if you want to get your computer fixed in a timely manner. Apple offers Applecare (about 200 dollars) if you want to extend your warranty.

    So, I don't think there is anything you need to worry about.
  3. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    As for me, I have the 2.3 GHz Sandy Bridge model from 2011, and I can confidently say that the CPU never goes above 90 degrees celsius and the GPU never goes above 85. I've played the majority of demanding games on my computer on Windows 7 x64, each for over 15 hours at least, and here are some statistics.

    Modern Warfare 2 - 61 hours
    Crysis 2 - 15 hours
    Bad Company 2 - 43 hours
    Black Ops - 25 hours
    Just Cause 2 - 35 hours
    Resident Evil 5 - 31 hours
    Bioshock - 16 hours
    Dead Space 2 - 26 hours

    Through all of this (yes, I game a lot) my Mac hasn't overheated yet. I haven't fiddled with the thermal paste or anything, either. From my experience, I can safely say that, if overheating is your biggest concern, you should just buy the Mac.
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    while i don't own a 2011 mbp, i'm sure it will get warm or hot but it will not "overheat." i wouldn't worry about it, as it has a fan and ventilation to alleviate this. if it begins to reach such heights it will shut down before heating up too much.
  5. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    People monitor their temps too much and worry too much about their computers.

    A computer that is truly overheating will shut itself down to prevent damage, nobody has reported such an occurrence that I know of.

    MBP's idle anywhere from 30C to 60C depending on the model and model year, and under full load can easily reach the upper 90's and even in some cases the 100's. Those are considered normal operating temps and are nothing to worry about.

    Thing is, since it's aluminum bodied, the body gets hotter than the regular plastic laptop since heat conduction is better in aluminum, so it will always be warmer to the touch than a similar PC in a plastic case. Combine that with the fact that they are the thinnest laptops out there(thinner = less air inside to dissipate heat) and yes, they do run a bit warmer than their PC counterparts, but no, they don't overheat.
  7. futabasan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. I was asking because I'm a student and will be typing essays for long hours so I want to make sure it's comfortable on the hands and palms. (Wouldn't want sweaty or irritating heat sensations, right?) Since I won't be gaming it should be fine. I'll be buying a MCP this week :) Cheers!
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat (around 100C/212F - 105C/221F, depending on your processor). There isn't an overheating problem with Macs. There's only a perceived overheating problem. Many who are new to Macs think their temps are too high because the aluminum case transfers more heat than their plastic PCs did, so it feels hotter. In the vast majority of threads posted about overheating, the "too high" temps being reported are well within the normal operating range.
  9. clickclickw00t macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    If you're gaming on your lap, you will have burns. DO NOT GAME ON YOUR LAP

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