my little project. vol: thermal paste

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by acfusion29, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

    acfusion29

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    ok so i had success last year in fixing RROD on XBOX 360's and as i was doing some cleaning in my room i realized i had some arctic silver 5 lying around.

    i decided to take apart my unibody MacBook (and i'm posting it in this forum because i don't consider this just a MacBook as it has similar specs to the new 13" MBP) and reapply the thermal paste.

    i just finished putting it together about 40minutes ago and wow, the laptop is running a lot cooler. now hopefully this keeps up and i haven't jinxed anything, but i'm impressed thus far.

    i also decided to snap a picture of how the thermal paste looked when i took off the heat sink. iunno, i can't really blame Apple for this crappy job because i have abused the hell out of this computer (in terms of using it everyday for hours and hours, as well as taking it absolutely everywhere).

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    but whatever, that's irrelevant now because i reapplied it with different type of paste and it seems to be working much better. i also find that my computer's running a bit faster, or maybe i'm just too happy right now :eek:

    in conclusion, this little project took me an hour and half. i set up everything on my desk and had my brothers MacBook (black old school) open with the iFixit guide. i was extremely careful with every part because i didn't want to break anything.

    putting it back together wasn't as bad as i thought. i did forget which screws went where but i ended up figuring that out after some time.

    and i know i'm not the only one that's done this, but i decided to make this post anyways just to show my results.
     
  2. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome work! Even though the results are not conclusive, it's interesting to see that this slight mod might improve the computer's performance.

    Congrats!
     
  3. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a

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    Nice work. What are the before/after temps?

    I remember doing this to my first generation MBP and it lowered my internal temps by over 20c.
     
  4. acfusion29 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    thanks

    it would idle at 55 degrees c before.

    it was idling at about 45 and now i have safari, itunes, mail and adium open and it's at 52.
     
  5. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    You say this s a unibody MacBook with similar specs to a MBP. So I'm guessing it's the Plastic While Unibody MacBook late 2009 or mid 2010. As those match the MBP's specs. Bit then it says it's a 2.0 GHz Unibody MacBook. So I'm guessing it's really the base entry model Aluminum Unibody MacBook from October 2008? So just please clarify, what model MacBook do you have? Is it the aluminum unibody one? If yes, it doran really have similar specs to a MBP IMO. Either way you CAN blame Apple for the poor job f appoint thermal paste. I don't know why you said you couldn't?
     
  6. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Good lord...it still amazes me that Apple still cannot apply thermal paste properly. Threads like these date back to the first week of the Core Duo MBP.
     
  7. acfusion29 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    it's the aluminum one

    limited edition :p

    iunno, like i said, i've abused the **** out of this computer. there's 294 cycles on the battery it in 17 months and it's been used a LOT. i don't know if this could have an affect on the thermal paste over time or not...
     
  8. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    The thermal paste is kinda solid when they apply it anyways. Using it wouldn't make it look crappy. If they apple it correctly, and use use the heck out of your computer and open it up, it will look just like it dis from the factory. So Apple applied a bit to much and did a terrible job. Good to see you fixed it though.
     
  9. acfusion29 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    oh ok ..

    when i opened it up, it did look a little excessive.
     
  10. acfusion29 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    does it make sense that it appears as though i have better battery life?
     
  11. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    is that board sitting directly on your carpet?
     
  12. acfusion29 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    not my carpet, it was a towel that was on my desk. i put my macbook on there when taking it apart so i didn't scratch the top.

    i just put it on there to take a picture.
     

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