Attention please, the potential buyers of MacBook Pro 13-inch (early 2011)! Undeniably, MBP 13′ is a fabulous laptop, but the machine, I dare to say, is compromised by Intel HD Graphics 3000.
One week ago, I received my MacBook Pro 13 after ordering through Apple Online Store. The laptop is sleek, sexy and stylish. Yet the second day I was puzzled how the brand new computer could have a noisy fan.
Not until yesterday I realized where the problem was when I began playing a 3-D game named Cubetastic (with no other applications open).
Within one minute (yes, less than 60 seconds) I opened the game, the temperature of CPU and the speed of cool fan jumped from 50 Celsius degree, and ~2000RPM to 89 Celsius degree and 6200RPM (and never dropped), respectively, just check my screenprint above. When trying another same game Chuzzle, the exact problem happened.
This only prompted me to think the mayhem must have been caused by Intel HD Graphics 3000. Today after doing Googlings, I found there are too many fellow owners of new MacBook Pro 13-inch (both Intel i5 and i7 processor models) suffering from the same bewilderment.
A few samples from postings on Apple Support:
I bought the new 2011 line of MacBook Pros yesterday and was wondering if anyone else noticed that the processor heats up a lot faster causing the fans to rev up really high? I had Steam open yesterday re-downloading my games and the fan went ballistic and I don’t see why when steam was only using roughly 20% CPU downloading those games. That never caused my previous MacBook Pro’s fans to rev up like this.
I also just bought the new Macbook Pro 13 inch i7 that just came out. Immediately notice the constant fan – definitely annoying. And it runs not even with intensive use – web, mail, etc, it is around 80C and 5000 rpm. The fan is noticeable nearly all the time – while working on Aperture it went to 6200 rpm, and the cpu temp heat up to 92 C.
I just got my macbook pro 13″ yesteday as well. I have been running powerpoint 2011 ( a 4′ x 3′ file) and suddenly fans became loud and temps became warm. I got temp monitor and see that temps are 83C or 176F.
is this an issue with the new macbook pros? My other gaming PC only goes to 45C on idle.
So my suggestion to those who wanna own a MacBook Pro 13,’ please consider twice before making the purchase. The laptop is quiet and fast when doing the non-graphic work, like surfing the internet or doing Microsoft Office for Mac, but it becomes “jet engine” noisy when performing photoshoping or gaming!
Can’t be more sad over the face Apple dumped Nividia Geoforce 340M Graphics for their new 13′ MacBook Pro line.