My retina MacBook Pro 15 burns

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  1. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

    Ultra AleM

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    Hello guys, I bought a retina MacBook Pro 15. I like it. Even if I am having troubles with the screen ironically because non-retina things look small and bad. And making videos I do not know how other people with normal screens see them.

    The big problem is another one. it just gets really hot and my fingers burn when holding the keyboard.I do not know why. And I will like to know if this is normal or not.I wanted it to last two or three years but I think it will get damaged with this temperature.

    Thx

    PS: I have 14 days to change it.do you think I should go for a common 15 or x13 thanks to its portability because sometimes I have to carry it around?thank you
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're not already doing so, use iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) to get accurate readings of your temps, fan speeds, etc., rather than relying on your sense of touch or sound. A forum member has posted a copy of iStat Pro that has been "tweaked" to enhance compatibility with Mountain Lion. You can download it here.

    The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C (221F), GPU Tjmax = 100C (212F) on i3, i5, i7 processors. (Source: Intel)

    Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.

    It is also quite normal for your Mac to become extremely hot to the touch during intensive operations. The aluminum body transfers heat more effectively than other materials used in computer casings, so you will feel the heat more. This doesn't indicate that it's overheating and will not harm the computer to be hot to the touch.

    Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). iMacs have 3 fans with minimum speeds in the 800-1200 range. They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level.

    If your fans are spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC.
    (PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help.)

    The intake and exhaust vents are in the back of the computer near the hinge on all Mac notebooks (except the new MBP with retina display, which has intake vents along the sides at the bottom). The iMac vent is a slot on the back near the top of the computer. Make sure the vents remain unblocked to allow your computer to perform at its best.

    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    Apple Portables: Operating temperature

    For Flash-related issues:
     
  3. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    The reason it's getting so hot is because you're doing video editing, a very demanding and CPU and GPU intensive process.

    You should download smcFanControl to turn your fans up higher *before* you begin video editing, so that way you can keep the temperature down a little. You will also be able to see how hot your computer is running.
     
  4. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks A lote for your detailed answers. .so I understand it is normal because it is something good.now I just wanted to ask you if I should change it in the 14 days.I'm really confused.I mean. I love it but I am ironically having troubles with the screen! It has so many pixels that I do not know how other people see what I make and I am having troubles with recording the screen and render it in HD because it is not definite (being at 2800x1800p). And I see like crap regular res things XD

    I am still thinking abou the fact that i usually work with 720p so I do not need so many pixels. I maybe could save money exchanging it with a cMBP 13 or 15
     
  5. xShane macrumors 6502a

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    If you really want to, I'd recommend switching to a cMBP 15" and not the 13".
     
  6. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    What do you mean you don't know how other people with regular screens see what you make?
     
  7. Ultra AleM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because I see two kind of things in two ways:

    - Super better
    - Worse

    LOL
     

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