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thomasyuen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 31, 2012 6:35 AM

I have just recently purschased a new 15 inch retina macbook pro and have realised that with light usuage such as web browing and skype. The mbp becomes quite hot under the screen and sometimes even the keyboard. Is this normal or is it faulty?

 

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MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 6:47 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    it's normal, it will run a little cooler after a week or two of usage.  Had the same issues when I first opened the box.

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 6:55 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    Don't really know the reason, can only speculate.  Just letting you know what my experience has been, I was concerned when I first got it as it seemed abnormal amount of heat.  Also I was expecting an ivy bridge processor to but very energy and heat efficient.

     

    It will shut itself down if it exceeds a certain temperature, when I first got my machine it ran hot up to 104c. now it idles around 40c and goes into 60s during gaming or workloads (video encoding)

     

    Might have something to do with the heat paste for the cpu and gpu settling in, I heard some people reporting a strange smell on the new machines and I have also noticed that the GPU generates more heat than CPU.

  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 7:05 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

     

    Oh okay, is there a way to check how hot the mbp retina is ?

     

    Have you used a App that tells you what the temperatures are like this one: http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/ ?

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 7:06 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    I don't know what your level of tech savvy is but try this http://www.bresink.com/osx/216202/download.php5

  • SohanTanna Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 3:02 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    I've had mine for 2 months now, and it's been overheating with the same stuff as you. Basic web and skype.

     

    I don't think it's an issue of it settling in, I think mine may be faulty. 104c is not normal when working or just browsing and it's extremely uncomfortable.

  • SegasMedia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 5:22 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    Well usually, it heats when there is too much dust in the laptop. But if it's new, there shouldnt be a problem... But generally, laptops get hot after time because they have no complex cooling system as in Desktop computers. If you think it is caused by dust, just buy a dust collector.

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 5:27 AM (in response to SegasMedia)

    imho the thermal design for the macbook pro retina (md 2012) rivals most desktop computers

  • SegasMedia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 8:19 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    Well i meant the real gaming monster which are overclocked and even have water-cooling systems... of course casual players dont make that affort but in general, it is easier to cool desktops than laptops

  • SohanTanna Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 11:24 PM (in response to thomasyuen)

    I'm going to take my rmbp for a replacement htis week, and see if the new one runs better. This is definitely not normal.

  • SegasMedia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 4, 2012 3:14 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    Good luck Sohan Tanna with your rmbp

  • Vic-zx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 4, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    Check the processes in activity monitor, there may be something running that uses up cpu.

  • dab7418 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 9:46 AM (in response to thomasyuen)

    I too just purchased a new 15" Retina MacBook Pro. Yesterday, with the mbp plugged into its charger, but with the top closed and nothing running, it suddenly became too hot to touch. I've had many Mac laptops, and I know they can get quite hot, but in this case the temperature was alarming to the point that I unplugged it with thoughts of a potential fire hazard. When I opened the top, the fans came on and things cooled down, but the fans were not running w/ the top closed.

     

    This seems to be a serious issue with the 2012 mbp, not to be dismissed as "it's just normal," as some of the posts have suggested.

     

    Any ideas? It has only happened once, but I've only had the new laptop for a few days.

     

    Thanks

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