Once and for all: How hot is too hot for a MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by elpollodiablo, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. elpollodiablo macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2007
    I've been lurking these forums for months, since before I bought my Blackbook. I knew before buying that the things ran hot. Mine typically maxes out at around 80deg. C when playing WoW or ripping a DVD (though I have seen it spike to the high 80s). There seems to be no real consensus as to how hot is too hot; that is, how hot does it have to get before you can say pretty firmly that the machine is not running as it should be. I've seen many people here say that anything running 80+ should be sent back or at least checked out, though I tend not to agree because many MB owners report temps this high. An Apple tech friend of mine says that you're just torturing yourself keeping a constant eye on the processor temps, because there is a failsafe that will shut the machine down before any real damage is done anyway. Notebooks run hut, he says, and there's no real use fretting over it.
    But really: how hot should a MB get before you take it in for service/call up Apple?
  2. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Once it catches fire, then I'll call Applecare.
  3. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    If you can boil a cup of water on your MB while using it, it's too hot.
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    If you can cook an egg. But, in all honesty, if it is like 170*F when you are doing nothing I think you should call AppleCare.
  5. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    That's Fine for temperature readings as long as it cools back down.

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