should I change the thermal paste?

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  1. codrutp macrumors newbie

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    I have the 2017 15'' MBP, with Radeon 560 Pro inside. I've read that some people recommend changing the thermal paste, because it is not being applied correctly in the factory. Now, I don't have any problem with my MBP, but I also didn't stressed it much. I know this would void my warranty. But, should I change it? I just want my MBP to be perfect, that's all.
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    If it's under warranty, I recommend leaving it until the warranty is up.
     
  3. codrutp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I might wait. But is true that the thermal paste is not applied correctly in the factory and by using a very high quality thermal paste and correct application you can improve the cooling? I just want to learn about it, I love it.
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Are cpu temperatures really high? If they are and you can demonstrate it at an apple store, maybe they will fix it for you.

    I don't have a 2017 MBP but where did you read that the manufacturer did a bad job with the thermal paste?
     
  5. codrutp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I don't have any problem, but as I've said, I didn't stressed it much. There are multiple sources saying that you can improve the cooling by changing the thermal paste. For example this video:
    What to make of it? I just want to know what are the facts
     
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  7. codrutp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro14,3
    Processor Name: Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed: 2,9 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 8 MB
    Memory: 16 GB
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Wow, machine. Unfortunately, I can't spend that money on a Macbook :(

    Definitely wait until the warranty is over. Don't want to take a chance on damaging something.
     
  9. codrutp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wasn't easy for me either, trust me.
    But the question still remains, it's a general question regarding thermal paste application in the factory. Perhaps someone has experience with this.
     
  10. robvas macrumors 68030

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    Are you comfortable tearing it apart and doing it? Then do it.

    If not, just leave it the heck alone.
     
  11. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Not worth voiding a new warranty to self fix a problem you <don't have>.
     
  12. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

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    ok, my suggestion :

    Breathe slowly. Calm down.

    Now stop reading forums and reddit thread to find issues with your mac. Just enjoy it and don't think about the thermal paste ever again.

    ...

    I mean, it's easy to become paranoid when you read the web.

    Your Mac is fine. Thermal paste is fine (in fact on this particular topic, there is so many "myth" about what is fine and not, your MacBook Pro thermal paste is perfectly fine, don't listen to those who tells you otherwise.)

    Stress test your MacBook Pro if you want. It will be fine.
     
  13. gusfring macrumors newbie

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    You have a very expensive, high-end machine that has no apparent problems but you want to void the warranty and risk potential damage because you’ve seen a YouTube video or read an article encouraging thermal paste reapplication? Are you for real? You already have a perfect MBP, don’t worry about problems you don’t have.
     
  14. codrutp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok! You are right. I will just forget about the thermal paste. I really like it, it is a very nice machine. Thanks for advice!
     
  15. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    Snag the Intel Power Gadget from intel’s website. It’ll tell you CPU voltages and temps. At idle, my 2017 15” MBP with same specs at you sits around 37-38°C. Max CPU temp is 100°C so it would seem there is a bit of headroom for heavy duty tasks.
     
  16. Queen6 macrumors 604

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    No, unless it's throttling and it's effecting your income. Mac's are getting increasingly harder to crack open with the potential for damage increasing.

    There used to be some validity when Mac's were far noisier, these days not so much, and for every positive you'll find one that the new thermal paste did little to nothing.

    Q-6
     

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