Will MBP 2016 15" be overheat while playing Minecraft?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ndolebay, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. ndolebay macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2014
    Decide to play Minecraft on my new MBP 2016 15", but I read some articles on the internet(including this forum) claimed that Minecraft will cause MBP overheating, anyone have this kind of experience?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Nah it'll be fine. And remember there's a big difference between a system overheating (shutting off due to hitting the TJ max) and a system feeling very hot to the touch. With regards to the latter, Apple use aluminium in their Macs, which displaces heat. So even when it feels hot to the touch, the internal components are actually running much cooler.

    In regards of the 2016 15", the cooling system is incredible. It's an engineering marvel. It won't be overheating when under intense stress of running FCPX & driving 2 external monitors, so you can play Minecraft without any concern.

    Java sucks, though. So if the fans ramp up, it's not because your computer isn't powerful. It's because Minecraft is far from an optimised game.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If the heat increases, the fans will ramp up, and if the fans cannot, then the CPU will throttle itself. I'd not be too worried about using Minecraft
  4. Boneheadxan macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2009
    Playing Battlefield 1, Halo Wars 2 and League of Legends on the new MBP, temperatures stay around 72-75C and fans hit about 5500rpm. My previous 2013 MBP used to hit 90C while gaming.
  5. ndolebay thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2014

    Yes I have confidence on the hardware of MBP 2016, but Java is another thing.

    Just informed that Minecraft can support up to 10 computers, nice, will give it a try.

    Thank you for your reply.
  6. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Doesn't really matter what game you play, all of them will make your laptop run hot. And when you also do it in a warm room, with your vents being clogged by a blanket or something, yes, it might overheat. And as keysofanxiety says, laptop being warm ≠ overheating.
  7. ETechMaster2002 macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2016
    Nope, the game runs fine with my experience. But with my experience. It will COMPLETELY and UTTERLY make your Mac unusable the next time you boot it. It will not get past the login screen and if it does, the machine is unusable with Kernel_Task running at 200 - 500% CPU%, fans running at full speed (even with nothing running and no login items ... remember, this is AFTER we turn it on the next morning) It will continue to be like this until you shut it down, boot into Recovery Mode (wait 5 - 10 minutes for that to boot up) and run First Aid on the disk for your Mac to function again ... until you open up Minecraft, shut down and reboot again.

    After rebooting the next morning after the day I played Minecraft:
    No login items.
    Nothing running.
    And it gets worse once you open up something as little as TextEdit.
    Kernel_Task at 200 - 500% CPU%
    Fans running high.
    System unusable pretty much, if you even manage to get past the login screen.

    Does this sound okay to you? If it does, go right ahead! The game runs fine while playing it, no fans, no heat. :)
  8. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I would hope so. It plays fine on my $30 Raspberry pi.

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