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I have a late 2010 MBP, and it is my only computer. I got it for freshmen year of high school, and I am waiting for Ivy to build my first rig. So, I need this computer to work for at least two months, and I want it to last a couple of years more on me. My problem is that my MBP runs really hot. It is a Core2Duo at 2.4Ghz, and I have checked the temperatures with both the iStat Pro widget, and the temperature monitor application, and it is always above 60ºC, and when I am playing a game, it jumps up into the low 80's. This worries me, as I feel my processor is seriously degrading from these constantly high temperatures. Am I okay or is something wrong?
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With the poor airflow that the tiny heatsinks on a MBP? I wonder why you'd be surprised.

It's a "feature" not a "Problem" so you'd be fine. It's normal for macbooks to get that warm. Even dual cores hit 100c. tongue.gif
Edited by Kand - 3/4/12 at 8:42pm
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Yeah, but do I need to be worried about my computer dying due to sustained temperatures. And I know that I made a mistake getting given an apple product for a present, I will personally never be buying another apple product again.
So is this a hardware issue? or can a Core2Duo sustain this heat?
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post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by feteru View Post

Yeah, but do I need to be worried about my computer dying due to sustained temperatures. And I know that I made a mistake getting given an apple product for a present, I will personally never be buying another apple product again.
So is this a hardware issue? or can a Core2Duo sustain this heat?

I've had an old centrino laptop at those temps for around 7 years... still running just fine to this day, I can even get a few hours out of the battery! Nothing to worry about tbh thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by jackeyjoe View Post

I've had an old centrino laptop at those temps for around 7 years... still running just fine to this day, I can even get a few hours out of the battery! Nothing to worry about tbh thumb.gif

Thanks! Good to know that I'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by feteru View Post

Thanks! Good to know that I'll be fine.

Just remember that if it runs at that temperature it probably has been designed to run at that temperature. If there are issues with MBP's failing everywhere then I'd be worrying, but I haven't heard of such a thing smile.gif
post #7 of 14
for windows look for a program called macfan, allows you to run a batch file to manually set the fan speed temps. use it on my 2008 MBP. Don't know what exactly to use for OSX since I only use Windows but there are several programs to manually set fan speed.
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There's a $10 program called Coolbook that let's you undervolt Core 2 Duo Macbooks (or any Intel Mac* except i3/i5/i5, I suppose). http://coolbook.se/CoolBook.html . I personally used it on a Core Duo Macbook, undervolted the CPU by about 10% and battery life went up from ~3.5 to ~4 hours. And it was noticeably cooler. I didn't buy it, but I did a decent amount of testing over a couple days, no issues at all. Definitely would've bought it if I planned on keeping that Macbook (decided to flip it instead, quick $150 for an easy repair)
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post #9 of 14
The MBPs don't ever push the Fans hard enough to do any cooling under high loads.

give Fan Control a try.


Just set the high end and low end fan speed and you will significantly notice how much better it will run.

It's pretty straight forward, stays in your PrefPane and best of all it's FREE.
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^But it lowers your battery life, since the fans spin more. Nothing wrong with either method but undervolting lowers temps, increases battery life. Undervolting can easily lower load temps by 8-10C without tweaking the fan profile.
 
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