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New 15" Macbook Pro Retina Too Hot

1665 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2013 11:52 AM by Moumez RSS
sethmachine Calculating status...
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Dec 10, 2013 12:00 PM

Just got my new Macbook pro 15" Retina display (251 GB storage, 8 GB RAM), and it's been heating up this past week for no reason.  The only things I've used it for are writing code (in text edit, not an interpreter or environment) and browsing the web.


I literally have only been using TextEdit and occasionally listening to music from youtube.  I can't imagine this would be enough to heat up the Macbook. 


I've got two other windows machines (an hp and an acer, both relatively cheap) and even THEY don't heat up if on full lights just writing code and listening to music. 


I haven't been watching any movies or playing any video games.  Nor have I been compiling any code, or running any simulations (algorithms, machine learning, etc.). 


The Macbook remains persistently warm even after dimming the lights and shutting down all programs except Notepad. 


I purchased my MacBook because I'm used to it being so cold, and this is uncomfortably warm. 


Should I return it?  Is there a software problem?  A hardware problem?  What could be causing this heat?  I'm not computing anything that would require using the cpu this much to generate this much heat (unless OS X is really inefficient with regards to opening TextEdit?!!).





MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), newly bought (2 weeks ago)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Dec 10, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to sethmachine)

    you should install Hardware Monitor or its free version Temperature Monitor and then have some real numbers. Haswell processors do run hot in laptops. you may at some point want to upgrade to Mavericks 10.9 as I would assume it will have better hardware support and support 'napping.'


    I just saw an article comparing the temperatures of the Mac and others but they weren't all using the same processor or of course the same case, and different OS. Windows on a Mac works but has tended to run warmer and the thermal fan control is not as well built into the drivers Apple includes with Boot Camp.


    I think you will find that at 50% cpu loads that it does run much warmer and more in the 60-70*C.

  • Moumez Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 12, 2013 1:00 AM (in response to sethmachine)

    I suggest you return it before its too late,

    i think Apple did mention that there is a manufacturer defect that is present in only several thousand units and i guess one of those is yours

  • JoshD Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Dec 14, 2013 12:28 AM (in response to sethmachine)

    Could need an SMC reset. Could also be the fact that it's charging which definitely heats things up more than they would be otherwise. No harm in having someone give it a look though.

  • Moumez Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 23, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to JoshD)

    actually 40 degrees is normal

  • Moumez Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 23, 2013 11:52 AM (in response to sethmachine)

    it goes up to 90 when using intense editing


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