New Core i7 MacBook Pros reach 100 °C

Apple finally put out new MacBook Pros earlier this month, but the launch with Intel’s latest processors hasn’t come without a few problems. PC Authority’s hands on testing with the new 17” MacBook Pro found that the internal Core i7 topped out at around 100 degrees Celsius.  

The computer review company found that when performing various benchmarks with the laptop, the processor generated so much heat that they had to stand the MacBook Pro on its side in order to complete their testing. (as pictured above) Testing in both Mac OS X and Windows cranked up the heat output to over 100 degrees. 

The 2.66 GHz Core i7 620M inside the laptop reached 84 degrees in the Dwarf Fortress graphics benchmark and 100 degrees in the Cinebench 3D rendering benchmark. For comparison, they tested a Fujitsu Lifebook SH760 that used the same processor and found that it only reached a maximum of 80 degrees and kept cool to the touch thanks to its thicker plastic casing which allowed for greater airflow and a larger copper heat sink. 

Engadget’s own testing found that the new MacBook Pros were actually cooler than previous models in real world usage, so new owners should not worry too much. They do recommend that Apple should consider sacrificing its low noise output when the CPU gets worked though, as it can get toasty at times.

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What did Intel do? They went from using the power hungry P4 platform to the super efficient Core platform, only to go right back to a hot power hog chip. Why??

Saburac said,
What did Intel do? They went from using the power hungry P4 platform to the super efficient Core platform, only to go right back to a hot power hog chip. Why??

What the hell has bad cooling on the part of Apple had to do with Intel? it is apparently Intel's fault when they do stupid things? come on mate - how about thinking for once in your life!

rawr_boy81 said,

What the hell has bad cooling on the part of Apple had to do with Intel? it is apparently Intel's fault when they do stupid things? come on mate - how about thinking for once in your life!

God, calm down. I wasn't saying Apple wasn't at fault for bad cooling. Clearly plenty of people are running i7 chips just fine. I'm just saying I'm disappointed that Intel stepped backwards as far as the efficiency of their chips went. From a nice cool 65 watts on the Core 2 Duo to 130 watts on the i7. I wish AMD would get back in the game and give them another swift kick like they did in the Pentium 4 days.

Saburac said,

God, calm down. I wasn't saying Apple wasn't at fault for bad cooling. Clearly plenty of people are running i7 chips just fine. I'm just saying I'm disappointed that Intel stepped backwards as far as the efficiency of their chips went. From a nice cool 65 watts on the Core 2 Duo to 130 watts on the i7. I wish AMD would get back in the game and give them another swift kick like they did in the Pentium 4 days.

If we are lucky this will push Apple to look into adding AMD to its lineup. I have always stayed away from Intel based laptops but MBP didn't come with a choice.

Saburac said,
From a nice cool 65 watts on the Core 2 Duo to 130 watts on the i7.

These are laptop chips. The new intel core i3/5/7 series chips have a TDP of 25 W for regular dual core, and 35 W for quad. The whole chipset arrangement uses about a watt less than previous generation. Technically they should run cooler, but they don't, clearly a problem with apple's cooling design as my thinkpad with an i5 chip runs very cool.

Saburac said,
From a nice cool 65 watts on the Core 2 Duo to 130 watts on the i7.

These are laptop chips. The new intel core i3/5/7 series chips have a TDP of 25 W for regular dual core, and 35 W for quad. The whole chipset arrangement uses about a watt less than previous generation. Technically they should run cooler, but they don't, clearly a problem with apple's cooling design as my thinkpad with an i5 chip runs very cool.

smithy_dll said,

These are laptop chips. The new intel core i3/5/7 series chips have a TDP of 25 W for regular dual core, and 35 W for quad. The whole chipset arrangement uses about a watt less than previous generation. Technically they should run cooler, but they don't, clearly a problem with apple's cooling design as my thinkpad with an i5 chip runs very cool.

Good point, being laptop chips didn't even occur to me for some reason.

The C2D also did they, my mates if he was doing something crazy would reach 100C for hours with no worries, he's had the laptop for 3+ years and its still running fine.

Apple should rush out and sign Paris Hilton for an ad campaign.

"That's hot".

At least it would appeal more than those "I'm a Mac" ads and the statement made would actually be true!

Wouldn't bother me too much. I've seen a number of different laptops die from over heating issue's.
I have 2 dell xps m1330 and the studio xps 13 both have suffered from over heating. Asus laptops, Toshiba laptops. They all suffer from overheating. Most laptops I use get hot. To the point where I don't even use my laptop at home unless it is sitting on a cooling pad. Time we excepted that the more powerful we want our laptops and the smaller/thinner we want them, the hotter they will get. Unless they develope a new way to cool them.

Hmm...that seems really hot to me. I've never noticed any substantial heat from my MacBook Pro other than just getting a little warm. Most of the time the aluminum is cold to the touch throughout.

That's nothing. My first generation MacBook Pro gets to well over 100 C. I've brought it in to an Apple Store and have been told that it's well within its normal operating range.

TheDreamX said,
I've brought it in to an Apple Store and have been told that it's well within its normal operating range.

ps :no, it is not. The in-warranty range of temperature is below 97ºc (25ºc-97ºc)

Anything over this temperature must be considered over specification and is dangerous.

I had an HP that over heated, (but not as much), i use to stick it in my freezer lol..

One day I had forgotten i did that, and when i took it back out, the screen took an hour before it started working again lol

Kyle said,
I actually almost JUST bought one of these!

I plan to buy a 17" MBP w/ i7 and 8GB DDR3 RAM. You think I should throw AppleCare into it? I have the money to spend on it, but doesn't mean I want to spend it.

DarkNovaGamer said,

I plan to buy a 17" MBP w/ i7 and 8GB DDR3 RAM. You think I should throw AppleCare into it? I have the money to spend on it, but doesn't mean I want to spend it.

Just re-read your comment, thought you said you did buy one, my bad!

And I though my laptop hitting 54C was bad...At least you'd never have to move to make coffee I suppose...

My 4 years MacBook (Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz) can reach 90C after several hours of continues compiling. It's very, very hot. 100+C, you could make a cup of tea on the this MBP.

Ridlas said,
Apple needs to invest in setting up a testing department and put hardware under maximum stress.

No way! That'd cut too much from the profits...

Engadget’s own testing found that the new Macbook Pros were actually cooler than previous models in real world usage, so new owners should not worry too much.

Who buys an i7 laptop for typical (i.e. checking e-mail browsing the Internet) use? I'd be using it to render videos, which are every bit as CPU intensive as benchmarks. Sad to see it still has the sharp edges as well...

JonathanMarston said,

Who buys an i7 laptop for typical (i.e. checking e-mail browsing the Internet) use? I'd be using it to render videos, which are every bit as CPU intensive as benchmarks. Sad to see it still has the sharp edges as well...

Rich people with no brains. People who want the "best" money can buy.

Harreh said,

Rich people with no brains. People who want the "best" money can buy.

No one buys a MacBook Pro for just email and Internet browsing.

NeoTrunks said,

No one buys a MacBook Pro for just email and Internet browsing.

LOL you wanna bet? This (hot) girl at work bought one recently (previous gen) because she was tired of Windows crashing but got the pro version because the normal one didn't come in the silver color which she rathered. So yeah, she spent an extra 300-400 for the "silver" color. She's happy with her purchase however and it gives us something to talk about

SHoTTa35 said,

LOL you wanna bet? This (hot) girl at work bought one recently (previous gen) because she was tired of Windows crashing but got the pro version because the normal one didn't come in the silver color which she rathered. So yeah, she spent an extra 300-400 for the "silver" color. She's happy with her purchase however and it gives us something to talk about

Is she a blond, LOL /no offence, JK\

NeoTrunks said,

No one buys a MacBook Pro for just email and Internet browsing.

Many people buy a computer just for that. Why would that not apply to Macs?

NeoTrunks said,

No one buys a MacBook Pro for just email and Internet browsing.

That is sooooooo NOT true. I don't what people your talking about because I know a wholeeee lot of people who can hardly use a windows computer properly who wants to switch over (and a few did) to a apple just to do web browsing and they basics stuff just because they didn't want crashing or virus (don't worry apple your time is coming!) to interrupt them.

NeoTrunks said,

No one buys a MacBook Pro for just email and Internet browsing.

Given how long I worked in Retail, I would say that 9/10 people buy a MBP JUST for that reason. The other 1 person buys it because they actually need the power

Edited by 216, Apr 26 2010, 5:48pm :

opensuse said,

Many people buy a computer just for that. Why would that not apply to Macs?

This is a MacBook Pro. If I recall, they are designed for business needs. Not intended for the home user, it can, but not that common. I can't accest the Apple site from here, but there's a family of notebooks for the common joe.

Take for example Dell Inspiron (or whatever the home laptops are now called) VS Dell Latitude.

AJC. said,

Is she a blond, LOL /no offence, JK\

Nope, hot little brunette! She is 22 tho so maybe that has something to do with it? Nah, kidding. She's a smart girl, just chooses whatever she likes and goes with it!

Biglo said,

That is sooooooo NOT true. I don't what people your talking about because I know a wholeeee lot of people who can hardly use a windows computer properly who wants to switch over (and a few did) to a apple just to do web browsing and they basics stuff just because they didn't want crashing or virus (don't worry apple your time is coming!) to interrupt them.


Then you have just admitted that Mac's are for brain-dead people who cannot think... I work at a electronics store that sells both PC's and Mac's, and the people walking up to the Mac table are always the trendy, arrogant, blondish morons that barely know how to drive their cars, much less use a computer. Anyone that actually "works" on a computer get's Windows.

-=MagMan=- said,

Then you have just admitted that Mac's are for brain-dead people who cannot think... I work at a electronics store that sells both PC's and Mac's, and the people walking up to the Mac table are always the trendy, arrogant, blondish morons that barely know how to drive their cars, much less use a computer. Anyone that actually "works" on a computer get's Windows.

People buying computers at retail aren't very computer savvy. If they're buying a $2500 laptop for email and web browsing, I think they're being mislead that something less won't do the job.

-=MagMan=- said,

Then you have just admitted that Mac's are for brain-dead people who cannot think... I work at a electronics store that sells both PC's and Mac's, and the people walking up to the Mac table are always the trendy, arrogant, blondish morons that barely know how to drive their cars, much less use a computer. Anyone that actually "works" on a computer get's Windows.

This is as old a misconception as the one about multi-button mice won't work on Apple hardware. There are plenty of people that "work" and use Apple hardware. That is the whole point of the Pro line of Macs. I use my Mac Book Pro daily in my office, using OS X to perform literally every aspect of my job aside from two things: running Outlook, and running our proprietary video surveillance software written in C# for Windows.. And I do it all simultaneously using VMWare Fusion on my Mac. I am but one example.

opensuse said,

Many people buy a computer just for that. Why would that not apply to Macs?

there is standard macbook or air for that, macbook pro is for computer enthuasists and business...

Recon415 said,
My HP notebook hardly ever reaches 70 C

Want a cookie? If you actually read the article, you'd understand why it hits those temps...

Shaun. said,
Mac cook Pro - Frying eggs since sliced bread

I always have had trouble playing on my laptop and cooking bacon at the same time. Finally Apple makes something I can use!

DarkNovaGamer said,

I always have had trouble playing on my laptop and cooking bacon at the same time. Finally Apple makes something I can use!

There's an App for that lol

DarkNovaGamer said,

I always have had trouble playing on my laptop and cooking bacon at the same time. Finally Apple makes something I can use!


Kinda hard to do those at the same time anyways... Oh wait, Mac's are only good for dicking around anyways since they only support a few of the games on the market, so I guess you could do both at once

-=MagMan=- said,

Kinda hard to do those at the same time anyways... Oh wait, Mac's are only good for dicking around anyways since they only support a few of the games on the market, so I guess you could do both at once

Grats and failing at being a troll. Mac's run any game on the market. Bootcamp... Look it up or stop talking about things you apparently know nothing about.

SputnikGamer said,

Grats and failing at being a troll. Mac's run any game on the market. Bootcamp... Look it up or stop talking about things you apparently know nothing about.

Bootcamp, Wine, and even DOSBox (I have a soft spot for classic games).

NeoTrunks said,

Bootcamp, Wine, and even DOSBox (I have a soft spot for classic games).

I may have to look into DOSBox. I want to run a C64 emulator on my MBP but can only find older ones that are all DOS dependent.

-=MagMan=- said,

Kinda hard to do those at the same time anyways... Oh wait, Mac's are only good for dicking around anyways since they only support a few of the games on the market, so I guess you could do both at once

FAIL comment. I'm a Windows lover myself but Apple DOES make good hardware. OS X is nice as well. A computer isn't just designed for games you know.

SputnikGamer said,

Grats and failing at being a troll. Mac's run any game on the market. Bootcamp... Look it up or stop talking about things you apparently know nothing about.

Bahaha, come back when it can play a decent game on max settings.

DarkNovaGamer said,

FAIL comment. I'm a Windows lover myself but Apple DOES make good hardware.

Apple doesn't make the hardware inside of the computers, merely just puts a premium price tag on them.


Billus said,

Bahaha, come back when it can play a decent game on max settings.

Apple doesn't make the hardware inside of the computers, merely just puts a premium price tag on them.


Fallout 3 decent enough?