So what happens when your new mba 13" i5 gets really hot...

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  1. iNeedToDoHw macrumors regular

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    I'm not playing games or anything, just have about 10 safari tabs open in full screen and email on a full screen. But the top of the keyboard gets too hot to touch. Is this normal? What happens if it gets too hot and what is the best free program to monitor heat?
     
  2. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    That's probably not normal unless you live near me and don't turn on the Ac in a car that's been outside while encoding video. I kid. It would stop working. But no that doesn't sound normal. Temperature monitor.
     
  3. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    What temps? (iStat)
     
  4. OSMac macrumors 65816

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    I've edited and rendered videos on it and the fans were running full boar, I was surprised how cool it stayed.
     
  5. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Please post your temps. Download and install iStat.
     
  6. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Assuming it is at 100° Celsius it will begin to throttle itself in an attempt to save itself.

    If your fans are working I wouldn't worry about it.

    If it is throttling you will know, it will begin to act slow and sluggish.
     
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  8. skier777 macrumors 6502

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    they run hot, but if you can't touch the keyboard its either too hot or you have sensitive fingers. Download istat nano and tell us the temps, or take it back to the apple store.
     
  9. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816

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    90ºc is the hottest i've seen my cpu at 100%
    normally it's just 60ºc

    so something is going on in the background to make your cpu run so hot
     
  10. komoornik macrumors regular

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    When I was in apple store I've checked 13" with i5 and 11" with i5.

    I'm assuming there where there running approx. same time.

    Ane it was weird, but the left part of the palmrest on 13" was a bit warm and on 11" it was cool.
     
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  12. Kavrocks macrumors newbie

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    I use Chrome instead of Safari and right now I've Mail, iTunes and 15 tabs open and my CPU temp is at 42C. The highest it has been at has been 72C and that was when I was trying to drain the battery as fast as possible. The laptop was still cool except for the underside.

    I've never been a fan of Safari and have heard loads of bad things about it. Maybe try switching browsers and seeing if that is the problem?
     
  13. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I have used Chrome for years and like it a lot. Be warned, though, that Chrome 8.0.5 has problems with Lion. For example, ever since I installed Lion on my 2010 MBA, I can only close Chrome by using Force Quit. I have read that Chrome is working on a fix for this and other Lion incompatibilities but it seems not to be available yet. Also, use iStat to keep an eye on whether Chrome processes are hogging your CPU. That's a known bug. Fortunately, you can fix it by closing Chrome. When you reopen Chrome its processes return to normal.
     
  14. Kavrocks macrumors newbie

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    I have been monitoring it and have had 0 problems with it and haven't had to Force Quit it once yet. I'm not a fan of Google at all but Chrome seems to be much better in many ways when compared with other major browsers.
     
  15. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    Despite the occasional problems I have had with Chrome, I continue to prefer it to other browsers, primarily because of how well it supports tabs.
     
  16. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    Available in the Mac App Store?
     
  17. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    It's a Google exclusive.
     
  18. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    Was waiting to see when SandyBridge would rear its ugly heat head. The 2010 model runs so cool.
     
  19. Kavrocks macrumors newbie

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    So does my 2011 unless I'm streaming a flash video in full screen and even at that the fans don't kick in, the top left corner beside the hinge gets slightly hot but nothing uncomfortable or noticeable unless you press the esc key.

    This is the coolest and lightest laptop I've ever had and don't understand why so many are complaining about Sandy Bridge heat issues when they aren't even evident.
     
  20. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    No they have stripped down version called MiStat available in the MAS.

    You would have to buy iStat Menus from Bjango.

    http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/
     
  21. benhollberg, Jul 31, 2011
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    benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    Any free iStat somewhere?

    I found a widget by Bjango on Apple's website. Is that the same thing?
     
  22. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    The widget was nice once but they have abandoned it.
     
  23. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    So no free iStat? I looked at MiStat in the Mac App Store and it's $4.99. So best to go with the iStat from the website for the same price or a free or lite version available to test out?
     
  24. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    iStat Menus is much more detailed and customizable.

    With MiStat they had to stay within the rules of the Mac App Store. It really limits what they can do.
     
  25. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    Oh ya that makes sense. I'll look into iStat Menus, thanks.
     

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