4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 3:52 PM by Courcoul
AnimalMother Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just received thiscouple days ago from when this was posted.

My Macbook pro has 8GB Ram, GT 650m w/1GB DDR5, i7 3720QM, 5400/750GB HDD, Hi Res Anti Glare Screen 1680 x 1050 screen.

 

It gets hot in the usual area by the screen. I read posts from back in October about someone said to send it back right away but there are so many variable from people regarding heat I questioned whether these people knew this is a laptop and it's get hot. The question is, are my variable normal for it to get this hot?

 

I posted the specs, it's brand new.

HWInfo64 reports when running windows on bootcamp

 

Skyrim/BF3 the CPU gets at 105 sometimes and the GPU gets at about 91C. With a laptop cooler it is 1C less on the GPU (90C) and the CPU temps remain around 104 during gameplay.

 

Sometimes it gets hot just surfing the net or watching 1080 video?

 

I read others returning there and lots of people ahve found solutions. Due to the variables, what do you guys think I should do about the temps? the screen bottom does get hot in that area.

 

Room temps 68-70(20C)

 

 

What do you guys think? I am coming from the world of hardcore gaming and am a active Windows user. I own a mac before so I know somewhat enough to work with the OS but nowere near the scale as I do with Windows 7.

 

I need it for school so... yeah. What do you guys think?

 

Also, curious questions on the side:

Firefox or safari?

Why didn't Apple go with a standard 1080 screen? Why is it a 1050 lol


MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,310 points)

    If your gaming with the machine of course it's going to get hot, it's a laptop not a desktop tower with powerful coolings.

     

    It gets hot in the usual area by the screen.

     

    Yep, the two processors are located there with exhaust going out the back.

     

     

    Skyrim/BF3 the CPU gets at 105 sometimes and the GPU gets at about 91C. With a laptop cooler it is 1C less on the GPU (90C) and the CPU temps remain around 104 during gameplay.

     

    So much for laptop coolers.

     

    Sometimes it gets hot just surfing the net or watching 1080 video?

     

    Well that's likely the HD 4000 trying to do all the work, head to Energy Savings and see if you can select "High Performance" so it uses the GPU all the time instead, will be cooler at the sacrifice of slightly less battery life.

     

    I don't think BootCamps has that option though.

     

    I read others returning there and lots of people ahve found solutions. Due to the variables, what do you guys think I should do about the temps? the screen bottom does get hot in that area.

     

    It's really hard to judge when your 3D gaming as that taxes the hardware.

     

    If booting a cold box, using OS X and only surfing the web reaches over 120º F in that enviroment, then I would be suspicious.

     

    Run a #3 HardWare Test here,  may have a dead fan or sensor.

     

    Step by Step to fix your Mac

     

     

    You should buy AppleCare, as your use of the machine is more prone to it having issues, also it's good ot have the fans vents cleaned of dust every year or it kills the machine sooner.

     

    Mac buying and maintenance advice

     

     

    Firefox or safari?

     

    Computer newbies use Safari.

  • saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

     

    Well that's likely the HD 4000 trying to do all the work, head to Energy Savings and see if you can select "High Performance" so it uses the GPU all the time instead, will be cooler at the sacrifice of slightly less battery life.

     

    I don't think BootCamps has that option though.

     

     

    You have that backwards. The dGPU (650M) uses much more power than the HD 4000.

     

    But you are correct in that only the 650M is used with Boot Camp.

  • AnimalMother Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Prone to issues? I have to say that in this day in age it's insulting especially after spenidng 2000 on a Macbook that these issues better not be so severe as to warrant the cost of apple care. Even my cheap P150em/NP9150 didn't ahve any issues. In fact, I have not had much issues with electronics in sometime. My father was a TV repair man, he told me simply to "keep dust away" knock on wood  but to this day electronics devices I own rarely if ever have any issues. Even the cheap O stuff like P150em craptastic beast.

     

    I am aware it will get hot during game, it's just the other threads have different varibles. Thanks for the links, I'll look into that. Will run hardware test now, so far it doesn't seem to much of an issue. I never thought I'd see a Nvidia card hit 91C without OCing lol.

     

    Thanks for all your help guys will report back.

     

    "If booting a cold box, using OS X and only surfing the web reaches over 120º F in that enviroment, then I would be suspicious."

    To be honest, I am new to MAC OS compltely lol. Well... it's been a long time lol.

    What's cold box? I should run it to se my temps?

     

    What do you guys use to check temps on your macs?

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (12,500 points)

    The best way to know what the temps are is with Marcel Bresink's Temperature Monitor. Updated to the latest hardware, will let you discover temperature sensors you wouldn't suspect the Mac has (17 on mine!).

     

    http://www.bresink.de/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html

     

    Or pay for the Hardware Monitor to gain access to ALL sensors in there.