Running at 95-99 c?

HeavyMantra

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Hi!

My mac mini handles my music production very well. The fans don't start when running my projects, but the computer often operates at temps 95-99 c. Is it supposed to be this way? I mean, I could crank up the fans manually but I prefer it to have them as Apple intended. Does this sound right to you?

Let's not primarily make this a thread about if these temps are damaging or not, I'm wondering if the fans are not working properly.
 

chabig

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Yeah. It's warm, but understandably so. After all, CPU convert energy to work and heat. There are protections built into the system to manage it and if it begins to get too hot it'll slow down or even shut itself down. The temps are not damaging.
 

HeavyMantra

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Yeah. It's warm, but understandably so. After all, CPU convert energy to work and heat. There are protections built into the system to manage it and if it begins to get too hot it'll slow down or even shut itself down. The temps are not damaging.
So this is how Apple wants the machine to run? As long as it's not damaging that's a good thing.

Anybody else getting these temps without the fans turing on?
 

chabig

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Yes. The machine is running properly. Have you ever considered how warm your car engine gets during operation? Lots of people have the same temps--just read these forums. You really have two choices:

1. Trust the engineers who build these machines and stop worrying about it, or
2. Obsess and run third party software software to help you obsess more
 

avxkim

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Yes, this is normal temps during the load. When i'm compiling projects, i often see it jumps to 100C then goes down to 95C.
 

wardie

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At those CPU temps the fans should be on, although they may take a few seconds to spin up. The CPU will throttle itself to stay within its designed temp range.
 

HeavyMantra

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OK, seems like it's running properly then! The fans are of course running at these temps, but at something like 15-30 percent of maximum fan speed
 

wardie

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OK, seems like it's running properly then! The fans are of course running at these temps, but at something like 15-30 percent of maximum fan speed
I don’t think the system is programmed to run the fans more than needed to keep the temps under limit. I.e. it doesn’t run fans louder/faster just to cool the CPU more than Apple and Intel deemed necessary (as opposed to what some people may like their chips to run at...). There are apps you can take control of that it you so wish.
 

russell_314

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I’ve never heard my fan running. Is it obvious? I get temps up in the 180s using istat menu.
180 Fahrenheit or Celsius? If your temperature is in the 180s Celsius you might want to take it in to the Apple store and have them look at it. 180 F is about 82 C and perfectly fine. Mine has gotten to 100 C (212 F) and the fan went full power. It's not loud but if you're close to it in a quiet room you can hear it.
 

Trips

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The fan is super quiet. I can run it at 4000rpm and still barely hear it 3 feet away from the Mini.
Temps you are seeing are fine. Try exporting a screencap! LOL. Those are some temps to make you gulp!

My mini temps are same as yours. And a welcome change given how hot my 2013 Macbook Pro would run. I mean HOT, all the time around 200 degrees, and sometimes literally at the max 220f limit! It never rebooted, and always chugged along for 2 years that way. Still fine now I might add!
 
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harriska2

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The fan is super quiet. I can run it at 4000rpm and still barely hear it 3 feet away from the Mini.
Temps you are seeing are fine. Try exporting a screencap! LOL. Those are some temps to make you gulp!

My mini temps are same as yours. And a welcome change given how hot my 2013 Macbook Pro would run. I mean HOT, all the time around 200 degrees, and sometimes literally at the max 220f limit! It never rebooted, and always chugged along for 2 years that way. Still fine now I might add!
Good to know. Here it is pretty much idling.
 

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russell_314

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Good to know. Here it is pretty much idling.
Is that Celsius or Fahrenheit? Normally computer temperatures are displayed in Celsius

If that's Celsius at idle either your temperature readings are wrong, something in the background is using your CPU, or the exhaust is somehow obstructed. Mine right now while I'm doing web browsing is sitting at 40 C with the fan at about 1700 RPM. If it's Fahrenheit then it's barely warm.
 

harriska2

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Is that Celsius or Fahrenheit? Normally computer temperatures are displayed in Celsius

If that's Celsius at idle either your temperature readings are wrong, something in the background is using your CPU, or the exhaust is somehow obstructed. Mine right now while I'm doing web browsing is sitting at 40 C with the fan at about 1700 RPM. If it's Fahrenheit then it's barely warm.
I think it is Fahrenheit but there is no indication. If I convert it runs from 40-80 C.
 
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slomojoe

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just got my mini yesterday and the fan is virtually inaudible except i was just ripping some audio and i noticed the mini is very warm and i heard the fan for about 30 seconds

is there an app to monitor temperature ? i am certain its normal but am curious to see what it is
 
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harriska2

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just got my mini yesterday and the fan is virtually inaudible except i was just ripping some audio and i noticed the mini is very warm and i heard the fan for about 30 seconds

is there an app to monitor temperature ? i am certain its normal but am curious to see what it is
I use istat menu. Got it as part of a cheap bundle on 9to5? Normally costs $15. Luv it. Shows drive use stats, all the different sensor temps (there’s a bunch), and other stats. You can choose thevicons for quick viewing on the top right of your always on menu bar. One of my favorite apps. Was recommended to me by someone in my mac users group (we meet physically once a month).