Request to people with MBP 13" 2011 i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kristoffer4, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. kristoffer4 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
    Hey folks. Could anybody post via istat pro how much the cpu takes up when:

    Having itunes running
    Watching Flash HD video on Youtube
    Having Firefox and or Safari running.

    Also how much is the Fans running when watching youtube in HD 720/1080p. :)
  2. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    with safari running and browsing my cpu was like 95% idle it would spike up real quick when loading up a page with rich media content such as revision 3 but goes right back down.

    Handles 1080p video on youtube no problem with my old alienware i would usually have to wait for it to load i click right to 1080 and it begins playing.
    i forgot to notice what the usage was but it wasnt much

    Idle temp is about 40degrees C when loading a page jumps to 45
    Playing 1080p youtube it went to around 53-56

    playing TF2-was up around 80 and above. (same for SC2.)

    did not notice anything with itunes i usually leave it open in background and maybe affected idle temps by a degree or two usage was same thing.

    Unfortunately i am at work right now but will test more tonight.
  3. kristoffer4 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2006
  4. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    Ok now im home let me give you some exact detail (all of this is from the istat pro widget and not messing with fan controls. For the MBP in my sig.

    Safari only open (1 Tab)
    Cpu usage 0-1% on this page typing this
    tem is 38 degrees celsius

    Safari (2 tabs)
    1 is this page other is a youtube vid 720p
    usage 9-12%
    temp is 44 degrees celsius

    Safari (2 Tabs)
    Youtube vid 1080p vid
    usage 15-19%
    Temp 54 degrees

    Safari (3 Tabs)
    2 different tabs playing 1080p videos
    usage 25-30%
    temp 60-65 degrees

    Safari and Itunes (itunes opens in 1 hop)
    1 tab this page 1 tab playing 1080p video
    itunes is in music library
    temp 60 (cooling down these tests are bign done simultaneous giving a few mins to measure a stable read)

    Safari an itunes just browsing 0-2% usage
    temp is 50 and cooling

    Safari + itunes
    Quick open 10 tabs and loading random pages
    usage went from 25% to 4% (once done loading)
    Temp 50

    (so far not an ounce of lag during the tests or loading pages.)

    Safari, Itunes, App store, Ical, Address Book, Iphoto, Word, Excel, Steam
    (all open and running)
    spiked as each app opened but is hover around 3%
    temp 48 degree

    well i cant think of what else to try any requests just ask. :) glad to help! i will try and do some gaming this week and get FPS captures but all the gaming will be in osx i do not use bootcamp and have no desire to i have a windows machine for that.

    I was playing TF2 last night on native resolution with minimal lag the temp was around 80-85 when i finished after over an hour of play.
  5. 1BadMac macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2010
    I still believe there is a problem with the algorithm used to spin up the fans at certain voltages / heat on the 13" 2011 version.

    I downloaded SMCFanControl so that I could script the fan to stay @ 2000 RPM for normal activities and kick it up to 4000+ for gaming and encoding. My CPU, after thermal paste reapplication, is between 38 - 41 C for most normal browsing / iTunes activity.

    When gaming, at 2000 RPM, it's around 88 C. When I turn up the fan, it drops down closer to 80 C.
  6. FX4568 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    zombiezakk, could u run sc2 for me (4v4) in low settings and tell me what you get?
  7. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    just played a quick game to test settings were Medium (everything set to recommended. Resolution was 1152x 720 I was not able to get a FPS or cpu usage as i do not know of a program to measure this while playing SC2. The temp immediately on exit was about 80 degrees it was at 82 but cooled quick. (those are in celsius)

    When the match first started the comp got hot!!!!!!! right above the backlit keyboard setting key it was very hot to the touch while on a desk.

    However cooled down a bit as the game went on so i assume the fans really help keep it cool.

    One note is that from the main menu the fans were on noticeably but you cant really hear over the game.

    Overall: Very snappy responsive looked good very playable and no lag. I did a quick 4v4 with all insane opponents and allies so the game would go quick and even in battles it played good. :D i have been out of the game for 5 mins or so and the comp is already back down to idle temp of 42 and is dropping.

    Note: i am at a desk so this will help cooling.

    if anyone knows a program to monitor usage while in the game or FPS in SC2 let me know and i will record.
  8. Tapiwa macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    That's odd, when I play games, the fans always start spinning a lot faster almost rightaway...
    But even so, 88° is still an acceptable temperature under heavy load...
  9. FX4568 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    cntrl + alt + f = shows u the fps in your sc2.
    it will be located in the left top corner :p Thanks tho! it would be nice if you told me the fps but thanks for the information :)
  10. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    :rolleyes: geez lol i havent really ever recorded FPS in games like SC2 just always used to old school Counterstrike entering in in the line from ~

    let me go check now. brb
  11. 1BadMac macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2010
    Yes, before I wrote the script to limit the fan speeds, it would fire up almost instantly on load / gaming.
  12. Tapiwa macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Ahhh, I understand what you meant now ;)
  13. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    ok so FPS on medium were not great but you dont notice it when playing

    1152x720 resolution
    medium settings

    temp on exit 82

    minimum FPS while in own base 25
    Max 40

    Minimum while scrolling 18
    MAx 30
    (quick scrolling i mean)

    Battles Min 23
    Max 36
    Avg was around 27 fluctuated a lot

    Spot jumps stayed around 35 fps
  14. FX4568 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    Hm... I see, so it wouldnt be good to play in medium I guess.
    As long as I dont get below 24 in large battles I would be happy, but I guess medium is still too much for the 13...
  15. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    honestly it was not bad to play in there was not really lag i could easily play in medium but its all preference and you can always tweak different settings to turn up what is really important.

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