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

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!

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

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.

techbeck said,
Lot of bad press on Apple lately...good stuff!! Maybe this will take their egos down a notch and show users that Apples hardware is just like everything else.

And yes, Apple should of done proper testing...like they should of with the iPad wi-fi


Steve Jobs will eventually kill Apple with his arrogance. I see iMac's cooking all the time, MacBook Pro's crashing, iPhone's kicking the bucket... They have ZERO QC in their plants. It's only a matter of time before the public in general realize this at large and abandon the platform entirely. All that'll be left will be the fanboys, and well, all we can do is feel pitty for them for being so blind.

-=MagMan=- said,

Steve Jobs will eventually kill Apple with his arrogance.
He almost did it once and there's no reason to think it won't happen again.

iamwhoiam said,
He almost did it once and there's no reason to think it won't happen again.

But will Microsoft write them another cheque???

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.

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.

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!

ishtar said,
When the hell you dumkoffs gonna realize thats a POS system nothing special about it you're just dumb enough to spend double the price for a flashy shell....

People get Mac's for Mac OS X - nothing to do with looks. If you're purchasing something based on looks then you need to be hung by your toe nails and beaten without mercy.

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.

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.

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