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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by helloimD4NNY, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. helloimD4NNY macrumors regular

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    how many rpm's do you keep yours on? whats the highest safe speed.
     
  2. moiety macrumors member

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    The longer it runs at a higher speed, the shorter your fan life is. SMCFanControl is not a toy.

    I use it on occasion when I have my MBP in my lap and it gets too hot for comfort because it's working on something; I might crank it up to 4000RPM until the temperature goes down, but within an hour I turn it back down.

    Note that fan speeds are different across the generations -- my Core Duo's default is 1000 RPM, whereas the Core 2 Duo non-unibodies default is 2000 RPM and won't go any lower than that. :)
     
  3. helloimD4NNY thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know.
    Is it safe to keep it at 3000rpm for normal use(Internet, Tweetie, iTunes, iChat) & 4000rpm for Heavy use?
     
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    I do use 3000 RPM while the machine is charging or when im using it on my lap, to keep it cool.

    Running for hrs on 5500rpm while gaming / video editing / handbrake etc haven't damaged mine so far :p
     
  5. helloimD4NNY thread starter macrumors regular

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    how long have you had your MBP?
     
  6. moiety macrumors member

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    Both (!) of my fans ended up dying about two years into owing my MBP, so I think you're better off getting some product that goes between your lap and the machine...
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I keep it on 2500 min for battery powered, but when plugged in I have mine always hovering around 5000ish minimum to keep things nice and cool.

    Is this unadviseable?

    I'm hovering around 45 celsius on battery right now and 76 plugged in.
     
  8. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    27 months now
     

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