Where is the heat generated in the MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by galaksy, May 24, 2014.

  1. galaksy macrumors 6502

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    I’m applying a cold gel pack under it. Should I put it to the left, close to the screen? I’m guessing where the heat is concentrated?
     
  2. ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    It really depends on the model, but it's mostly in the CPU/GPU area - on the Retina models, air is sucked in on the sides (and somewhat the back) and then blown out of the back of the machine. On the Airs and non-Retina Pros, it's exchanged completely from the back - some examples:

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Retina+Display+Late+2012+Teardown/11225

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2009+Teardown/814

    (Look for the teardowns of other models under each category page)
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'd avoid that, cold surfaces can lead to condensation. Condensation means moisture. Moisture and electronics don't play too well together.
     
  4. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

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    The non-retina models also pull air in from the side (via the ports). Looking at the clutch cover (black plastic strip below the display), on the left side, is another intake. The air is expelled towards the middle/right side.
     

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