No Vents on MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Myrm, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Myrm macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011

    I recently got the MacBook Pro (Feb 11 model) labtop. I notice there are no vents in the unibody. How does the labtop keep cool when heavily used (such as during games)?

    Stupid question I know, but I don't mind asking stupid questions. :)
  2. omar4578 macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2011
    well it does have an internal fan
  3. Mix macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    vents are in the back. Unfortunately there is no air intake from what I understand.
  4. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    IIRC the fans exhaust at the back, under the screen hinge.
  5. style macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2005
    there is, from the gaps of keyboard
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  7. Myrm thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 3, 2011
    Thanks guys.

    I guess I was looking for traditional vents, i.e., grills in the sides and back. :)
  8. Mix macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yes I saw this posted somewhere before but was not completely convinced as if I turn the fans up to max I cant feel any air intake on the keyboard area but also its possible to close the lid and use the laptop according to apple so wouldnt that affect the air intake when closing the lid.
  9. style macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2005
    not like its a vacuum cleaner :rolleyes:
    then also its a large area, there isn't very much of air flow happening in a notebook regardless

    in addition to the keyboard, air can also circulate from other gaps such as dvd drive and speaker grills (15", 17"), or even ports.
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The keyboard is clearly not the main air intake, considering there's a plastic layer between the keys and the motherboard that is sealed quite nicely. There might be some air intake, but the main intake is through the back of the machine.
  11. Tonepoet macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    It'd be rather terrible design choice if the keyboard were the main intake because then silicone keyboard protectors would ruin the machine. I definitely don't want to risk letting junk fall in a built in keyboard, especially liquids, otherwise I could end up with a $3,000 paperweight.
  12. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    I think it's sufficient to say the design is fine. I've yet to hear a Mac meltdown story here due to heat.
  13. Snesley Wipes macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2009
    This is correct. The fan pulls in air directly from half of one side of each fan.
  14. mediasorcerer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    im sure it deliberately pulls air thru the mobo and internals,and the other poster is right,the keyboard is sealed with covering inside,probably for spills id imagine,so it dont go on mobo[hopefully]or to keep dust out,there are over 21 temp sensers in mac,maybe more,somtin like dat.
  15. Vegeta-san macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2006
    There is a reason that all portable Macs are made out of aluminum-aluminum has one of the highest k (thermal conductivity) values of any common metal we have. Thus, in reality, the entire body of Macbook Pro's are literally heat sinks (or vents). Apple chose the one material that would allow them to not have visible fenestrations (vents) and engineered accordingly to allow for that further.
  16. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    the vents are in the back, around the screen hinge, the intakes is through the ports on the side, and the part of the back not used for exhaust, both as specified in several apple patents.
  17. SakBee macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2011
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    Just thought I'd mention this, but the other night when I was playing a game on my Macbook 13 i5, I checked iStat and it was running at around 194 degrees Fahrenheit... which was suppose to be normal when playing graphic intensive games.

    Anyways, the Interesting part is, I have a portable fan on my desk. I directed the fan behind the MBP's vent and there's no change to iStat temperature. BUT, when I directed the fan to my keyboard, iStat temperature dropped down by 20 degrees fahrenheit. I can tell it was cooler, too because the back vents and bottom of the MBP are cool to the touch. Try it, it's actually pretty cool. :)
  18. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
  19. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    I believe what you achieved here was improving the effectiveness of the case itself to act as a heatsink.
  20. SakBee macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2011
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    lol possibly.
  21. Russell L macrumors regular

    Russell L

    Aug 10, 2006
    San Francisco

    I've always assumed that the aluminum unibody itself acts as a heat sink.
  22. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    They keyboard doesn't have a lot to do with the cooling as the keys would get too hot. IIRC, there is little intake from the keys themselves. The small and covered vents on the MBP is partially why they have historically felt 'hot' to many users. Also, the material the case is made out of, aluminum, in many ways acts as a giant heat sink. The small vents have one major advantage versus 'open' vents and that is dust accumulation, which IMO is one of the best features of this computer. Another is that the structural rigidity of the case is maintained (ex: convertible v. hard top).
  23. Al Coholic macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    Under the I-470 Freeway
    No, but there have been rumors of people using their macbooks for weenie roasts.

    I'm waiting for the next evolution of the MBP13 before I upgrade. It's too early to tell what effect Intel's new SB power architecture will have on the internal components. All that heat can't be good over time. Not to mention the thermal paste jobs in these things.

    I'm guessing the next generation MBP13 will not be any better though as the IGP will most likely stay. Keeping an eye on the new pending Airs to see if they'll share the same heat problems. (There's even less circulation in those things).
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    As already stated, the vents, both intake and exhaust, are located in the rear of all Apple notebooks, near the hinge. That's where the fan(s) are located, to pull heat away from the two primary furnaces, the CPU and GPU.
    There is no venting at all through the keyboard, since there is a solid sheet under it that prevents airflow. Heat radiates in all directions, including the keyboard and the solid base, but neither are used for venting. If they were, Apple wouldn't show you how to operate in clamshell mode.
  25. SD-B macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2009
    Average Temp of Fans?

    Since the original posters question has been answered, I am going to take this a bit further and ask one here myself, as it pertains to this subject, so I dont need to start a new thread.

    I have a 20 month old 13" MBP, 256 Ghz, 4Gig Ram, etc.
    First Mac I have owned.

    Two nights ago my x husband who lives with me brought to my attention that the fan sounded unusually high.
    I hadn't noticed but he was right.
    I have a program called "CheckUp" installed and clicked in its preferences, a check mark that would send me notifications if the temperature gets to 57 Fahrenheit for any longer than 10 min.
    It keeps alerting me that its at roughly 163 F F Limit: 57 F

    Exhaust: 2137Rpm - 2151Rpm

    Overview: (these below I am reading in iStat Nano now)

    CPU 95 Fahrenheit
    Fan: 2432 Rpm

    HD Mac Drive: 95 Fahrenheit
    CPU A: 166 Fahrenheit
    Heatsink B: 144 Fahrenheit
    Enclousure Bottom: 94 Fahrenheit
    Northbridge 1: 130 Fahrenheit

    Generally I keep it on 24-7 and am usually at it during the day and evening with several web pages open, Mail, Skype........but never games. I dont usually play any aside from the occasional game of Angry Birds.

    Do these numbers above appear right or do I need to be concerned?
    Not sure if Check up is just rationalizing its existence on my computer by sending me these alerts which might be in reality, rather unnecessary?

    The other info given comes from a dashboard widget iStat Nano.

    And yes, my laptop gets very hot to the touch up on the left hand corner near the esc key----just to the left of that and a bit further down


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