What is the best cooling pad for the rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vojoo, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. vojoo macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2012
    What are you guys using to cool your rMBPs? I just got mine yesterday, and I want to make sure I get the best cooling pad I can for this computer. I did search and found quite a bit of generic information about cooling pads in general, but I didn't know if they would work with the new design of the computer.
  2. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    It may be the way I use my rMBP, but I don't need a cooling pad.
  3. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    The best cooling pad is the one that you done waste money on.
  4. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    If you are concerned with the temperatures and want to reduce them elevation of the rear of the machine helps, as sitting flat on the desk only reflects the head back to the base of teh Mac. You can buy passive aluminium coolers like Rain Designs Mstand or iLap. Most powered coolers are designed for PC notebooks and dont work overly well with Mac`s one cooler that does work efficiently is the Moshi Zefyr 2, as it`s principle of cooling is specifically designed for Apple portables, by blowing the air across the base of the computer.

    Link: Moshi Zefyr 2

    You can use software to manually override Apple`s own cooling algorithm by manually taking control of fan RPM and setting up power profile presets with SMC Fan Control (needs update for 2012, temp sensor presently not recognised), or you can look at UltraFan which allows you stipulate a preset temperature and the software will automatically raise and lower fan RPM`s to keep the system at the predefined temp.
  5. kzhlin macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles
  6. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
    I think just raising it off the desk is more than enough. Those stands with little fans are nothing more than a marketing ploy to steal your money.

    I'll probably buy these soon.

  7. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Those look pretty nice. Where can I find those at?
  8. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
  9. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2012
  10. Aodhan macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    I use my MBP in clamshell mode in a BookArc. The BookArc seems to keep it nice and cool, elevating the exhaust vent about 1.5" above my desk. I like the look of those feet BlazednSleepy posted, but I would be a little worried about the MBP sliding off and hitting the desk hard.
  11. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
  12. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I use the Cooler Master Infinite Evo. I know for a fact that raising the computer off the ground significantly decreases temperatures, so this stand just raises the computer while circulating the hot air underneath. Plus, it comes with 3 extra USB ports.

    It appears to be designed for the MacBook Pro, as it's designed for computers with a solid bottom plate, which no other cooling plate seems to address.
  13. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I use mStand for my MBP, and soon also for my rMBP.
  14. iDutchman macrumors 6502a

    May 9, 2010
    Amsterdam, NL
    my rMBP runs significantly cooler than any other MacBook (Pro) I've used. Running idle (Safari, Spotify, Mail) around +/- 36C celsius (98 Fahrenheit) . I doesn't go up that quick either.
  15. vojoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2012
    Thanks for the links!

    It doesn't get hot at all under normal use, but if I play a game for more than 15 minutes it is a totally different story. It might not be getting hot enough to damage anything, but it is definitely getting much hotter than my previous macbook ever got. There is a ton of hardware crammed in a very tight space so when you start pushing it to its limits it is bound to get hot. I'm just trying to maximize the life of the computer by taking care of it now. It might be psychological more than anything else though haha.
  16. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    the one the cost the least because they are all pointless and needless
  17. FatGuy007 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2012
    New York
    Yep, your right. I played battlefield 3 for a few minutes fans went up at max and the heat can make my breakfast.
  18. macNewbie02 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
  19. inlinevolvo macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2012
    I set mine on the ac vent and work laying down on the carpet. Equally as ridiculous as buying a cooling pad.
  20. vojoo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2012
    I tried putting mine on the AC vent and it seemed to really help. Do you have any tips for keeping the AC on? Every now and then the AC turns off and I have to set the thermostat lower for the entire office. I think everybody is getting upset because it's getting pretty cold in here.

    I really think instead of putting the computer on the AC vent it might help to purchase some type of pad with some type of cooling device like a fan in it to cool the computer down. I think this might be more portable and would be less likely to upset my coworkers. Do you know if anything like this exists, and could you recommend a product that I can try out?
  21. dougaha18, Aug 13, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2012

    dougaha18 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
  22. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I've seen several laptops over the years that required some sort of additional cooling when doing anything more complex than websurfing/checking email, so I wouldn't call the coolers "pointless". Those have mainly been the large desktop replacement models with dedicated GPUs that chew up battery and produce a lot of heat, but they still need additional cooling.
  23. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    I don't think either solution would help since the rMBP has its vents on the front sides.
  24. Newfiejudd macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    Just find to low profile water bottle caps. The ones I use are from nestle water here in canada. I glued some rubber mating on the top of the cap and they work perfectly. I have tried them against my cooling pad at the difference is only 1-2 degrees.

    And the 2 bottle caps are so much more portable. The idea is just elevate the base and allow air to flow underneath.
  25. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    I would never buy a cooling pad for anything I owned. I would at least HOPE that they engineered it so it wouldn't need one in the first place...

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