New MB Pro get very hot.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eldaria, May 2, 2008.

  1. eldaria macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Hi all.

    I'm the happy owner of a shiny new 17" LED, MB pro.
    It works great, I still need to get used to the different world of OS X.

    I playing World of Warcraft on it, and I have noticed it get's very hot, especially on top left side of the Keyboard area, and underneath.
    But also on the right side, just not as much.
    Having it on the lap is out of the question, it get's way to hot underneath for that.
    It actually get so hot that touching the area just above the Escape, F1, F2 keys, is not possible since I will burn my fingers.

    Is this normal?
    I do hear the fans start up sometimes really fast, but not all the time.
    I have also installed iStat pro, and it tells the GPU temp runs up to 80C, and CPU around 70C.
    Fans go between 3200 and 6000 RPM.

  2. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    yeah, thats fine

    all that power in less than in inch means hot!!!

    the cpu will survive up to ~120C, the gpu much higher
    but yeah, the bottom of the laptop and the area above keyboard gets very hot
  3. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Unfortunately this is nothing unusual. I can only keep mine on my lap for 30-60 minutes once I turn it on, and after that I start to "feel the burn". Even wearing jeans I can feel the heat and it's enough for me to either move to a desk or put a pillow on my lap. You'll get used to it. With all the power packed in this thing, heat is just implied. It's hot stuff! ;)
  4. eldaria thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    ok, then I will stop worrying. :)

  5. rjp macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    And it's kind of nice in the winter time ;-)
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Don't worry. It can be a lot worse with a laptop skin on which insulates the bottom so the heat has to induct from the top the whole time.
  7. JWest macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Not sure where you're getting your info there. Most chips are designed to operate at temperatures no higher than 90-100C, and even that is pushing it. If you hit 120C on the MBP, you wouldn't really be able to touch it- that's very, very hot.

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