New 2011 MBP. Is 60C at Idle normal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tosehee, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. tosehee macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2007
    My config is as follows.

    15" with 2.3Ghz, 8gb ram, and Intel 510 256GB SSD.

    The idle temperature is at around 59 to 62..

    If I do anything, it goes to 70-90 easy..

    As you would expect, the fan kicks in, and it's noisy as jetplane..

    Is this normal????
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  3. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    60ºC idle?...

    Hmm I know these MBP get hot but 60ºC idle is... very high compared to the other threads.

    60-90ºC under low-heavy load is more like it.

    I've been hearing a lot of MBP (including mine) stay around high 30-low40ºC idle. Mine never hits 90ºC under load, maybe high 80ºC.
  4. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    def. not normal.

    my 2008 MBP idles between 35-43 degrees (nothing running). 43-50 with adium, safari (with 5 tabs, iTunes and mail open)

    i just re-applied some thermal paste, however, before that it was still less than 60 idling.
  5. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    My 2011 mbp 13" is idling around 65c and under load is doing 90-95c.

    Not sure if that is normal or not.

    (These are measurements from temperature monitor, at the core)
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Very much so.
  7. tosehee thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Thanks for the responses.

    My co-worker's same MBP is at 65C at idle..

    I feel little better all of sudden.. ;-)
  8. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  9. Switcher2011 macrumors newbie


    Mar 5, 2011
    Wow. You guys seriously consider that normal? I know ambient temp plays a role, but I returned my first ever MBP (early 2011 13") because of a couple of faults. It was also rather hot (45oC idle, 90oC when doing anything at all, with no provocation, fans regularly hit 6000rpm).

    My new machine idles at 35oC, and hits 55 under load. If I REALLY push it (couple of 1080p flash vids, 1080p MKV, five things open at once) it can reach over 80 momentarily before cooling back down (I don't even hear the fans, approx 2,500rpm).

    Seems y'all accept high temps way too easily imho.
  10. Noctis macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2009
    Toronto, ON
    Idle is around low 30C's to upper 30C's on ff4; depends on ambient temperature and web content. If there's some heavy flash probably will go up to low 40's.

    Idling at 60C, doing nothing, is way too high. What processes are you running in the background? I have a MBP 15 2.2 btw.
  11. -Ken- macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2011
    Oregon, USA
    What programs are you using to determine this?

    I currently have Firefox with one tab open (Macrumors), no other programs besides my temp. monitor. 2011 13" i7 MBP.

    Using 'Temperature Monitor' here are my results in Celsius.

    2011-03-25 22:56:32 -0700

    Battery: 29℃
    Battery Charger Proximity: 35℃
    Battery Position 2: 29℃
    Battery Position 3: 29℃
    CPU A Proximity: 43℃
    CPU A Temperature Diode: 46℃
    Left Palm Rest: 29℃
    Main Heatsink 2: 36℃
    SMART Disk TOSHIBA MK5065GSXF (11UCC320T): 31℃

    The fans only kick in during very stressful processing such as SETI/BOINC or video encoding.
  12. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    Do remember it often depends on where you live, my computer would never idle below 40C because its 33C outside :)
  13. Barnzee macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    I have the new 2011 15" MBP and it idles in the low 40's and I have actually seen it hit high 30's. although when I hook an external monitor it jumps to around 60-65.
  14. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    Please post a pic of your Activity Monitor to make sure there is nothing going on in the background.

    Be sure to select All Processes, and display the CPU Usage in descending order.
  15. josh2007 macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2008
    That's pretty hot. The 2.2 quad I returned idled at 37c. The 13" i7 I replaced it with idles 31-39c. With Safari and 27" display it is currently at 41c.
  16. fr4c macrumors 65816


    Jul 27, 2007
    Hamster wheel
    60C is almost double of some people's idle temperatures, so I would not consider that "normal" for idle temperatures. A rundown of your Activity Monitor would help, and also let us know if you have any peripherals attached (monitor, external drives, etc.) Also if its a new machine Spotlight could be indexing in the background which could possibly explain the high temps.
  17. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
  18. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Come on kids, four cores are bound to get warm... the temps we're seeing lately are normal these computers.
  19. Soot macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2007
    Idling at around 60 C and jumping to 70-90 C from "doing anything" isn't close to the experience I've had for the past 2 weeks with my 15" 2.2 GHz 2011 MBP with Radeon 6750. I've got uTorrent active, Firefox open, Safari open, Mail open, Terminal, switching around between them regularly and am at a comfortable 45 C.

    What seems to make a difference of 10-15 C though is whether I have the laptop pegged to only use the Intel HD 3000, using gfxCardStatus. I noticed it was strangely warm a little while ago and temp was up over 60 C, then realized I'd left dynamic switching on and uTorrent had unnecessarily caused the Radeon to kick in. By making the system use the Intel HD 3000 I'm back to the 45 C I'm used to.

    Yesterday I used Handbrake for about a half hour straight and it had maxed out all 8 cores 100% (actual and HT). Temp was around 80 C according to smcFanControl and bottom of laptop was barely warm. Fans had kicked in to be up near 6000 RPM though. OS X 10.6.7.
  20. nickjf20 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    I've got a 2010 i7 MBP, idling at 61 celcius in an ambient temp of 20 - 25 C
    Standard 2000rpm most of the time.

    Mail, few safari / chrome tabs and steam.

    Enclosure is sitting at 35C, 330m GPU @ 54C even though I'm on intel only.

    RAM usage is sitting at 76% (4GB) so I'm going to get some crucial RAM to boost it up to 8GB. Not a clue why though ... Activity monitor isn't wild with stuff.

    Under load it averages at about 79 C, spiking at up to 92C

    I have OC'd the GFX slightly in windows to the general 650/900/1440 and that runs nicely at around 72C under heavy BC2 load Win7 x64.

    I was wondering if I should let apple take a look at it -- these idle temps seem a little high :(
  21. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    There's also the ambient temperature to consider... If you're in a place like here (Greece), where it's 30c+ outside, how do you expect a laptop to be even less than 40-50?
    It also depends on the fan speed. If he has them set at 2000rpm, it's normal to have that high temps. You have to sacrifice either temperature, either noise.
    At least he knows what he's talking about, and tries to end pointless threads asap, although with no results.
  22. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2011
    Chatsworth, CA
    Wow, some of you guys must have mega-thermal paste.
    I'm at 41 C, in a 70F ambient room.
    ... And that's with Word 2011, Excel 2011, 2 Safari windows (5 tabs total), and Mac Mail open...

    2011 2.2ghz core i7 MBP
  23. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    My 2011 MBP 17in is about 35C idle.

    After hours of use and leaving it own it goes down to 43C.
    I know its normal to be 60C but it just sounds ridiculous in my case.
  24. Durious macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    Mine is usually 43-50C for me chatting and browsing the web.

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