I’ve got a relatively new MacBook Pro, and like many others I’m pretty amazed at how hot this laptop can get. I’ve been using Mac laptops for a long time, and I’m used to their warmth. Heck on a cold evening I’ve been known to practically cuddle up to mine on the couch.
But this one seems hotter than the others. I work from a variety of places (including my couch) and actually do fairly regularly use my laptop when it’s actually on my lap. And with the MacBook Pro I always need additional protection. (Does anyone else keep an especially flat pillow on hand in the living room for a personal laptop heat sink?)
So I was pretty interested to hear how people have taken the MBP fan controls into their own hands to combat the extreme heat problem. After reading an overview of the available fan control programs and installing a copy of CoreDuoTemp to easily monitor my system’s temperature, I was ready to start playing with my fan settings.
There are several programs to choose from, but a couple of positive reviews steered me toward FanControl 1.1, and there will be no turning back for me now. I like that it’s a System Preference pane — this seems like the logical place for this kind of program — and it offers the ability to set both upper and lower temperature thresholds. I’ll admit to initially being a little concerned about going down this road, as I’m pretty sensitive to system and fan noises and realized that I was likely looking at a tradeoff between heat and noise. But as soon as I started tweaking the settings and significantly cooling down my Mac, I realized just how hot and bothersome it had been. My laptop’s CPU temperature is now hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 30-40 degrees cooler than it was running before I took over the control of my fans.
I’m still playing around trying to find my ideal setting, and I do hear my MacBook Pro’s fans kick in a little more than I used to, but I’m finding the tradeoff well worth it. I’m going to get rid of that old flat pillow, and start cuddling up to my wife again for warmth.