6181 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2010 2:00 AM by Roald Hoolwerf
Your ambient room temperature probably is having an effect on your computer. Here are my current stats from iStat Pro:
HD: 92 Fahrenheit
GPU Diode: 108
GPU Heatsink: 104
Mem Controller: 95
Optical Drive: 85
Power Supply: 101
And as measured by a home thermometer, the room where I use my computer is 68 F.
These are typical temps for my i7 iMac. If I'm doing something HD intensive, the HD temp can go over 100 but it rarely exceeds 105 or so. I've seen my CPU go up to 114 or 115 when using Handbrake but it usually runs 90-101 degrees. Usually the only components in my machine that seem to get hot and stay hot are the power supply and the HD (especially if it has been working hard).
You might want to consider increasing the airflow near your computer (the small fan suggestion above is a good one) and looking into ways to lower the ambient temperature of the room your computer is in.
Message was edited by: inandoutofgrace
Wow. All I can say is, you guys have "cool runnings" going on. Right now, I show:
GPU Diode: 156
GPU Heatsink: 154
Mem Controller: 138
Optical Drive: 118
Power Supply 2: 183
All in farenheit, of course. That's a pretty HOT i7. Wonder if there's something wrong with it. I have AppleCare extended, so I'll let Apple worry about it, but it looks like I'm baking an Apple Pie right now. (Man, Apple Pie. I just made that up. I slay me...)
Granted, I'm encoding a bunch of .AVI files into .MP4 right now with VisualHub and all 8 cores are MAXED OUT. My CPU Utilization is popping back and forth between 96% and 98%, so that explains some of it.
Am I OK with these temps?
All the figures above are fine, you can have a CPU running at up to about 90 degrees celsius without much problem.
As the for the suggestion of having a fan blowing at the rear - dont! It'll make it worse. Imagine having a heat-sink with a fan blowing air back at the chip rather than sucking the heat away, it'll just mean that the heat can't escape.