Fan speeds?

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  1. ash09

    ash09 Member

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    I am fortunate enough to have purchased a 13.3" MBP yesterday, and I downloaded smcFanControl on the advice of the "Top 100 OSX apps" list.

    I'm wondering, what are the optimal fan speeds?
    I imagine I'd have 2-3 profiles (ie. charging, AC power, battery) but I have absolutely no clue what temp or RPM is "normal" for a laptop.

    Any insight would be extremely helpful!

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  2. SeeFreaky

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    For me, normal is ~2000 rpm.
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    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't bother with smcFanControl unless you are doing some really CPU intensive stuff. Your MacBook Pro already has sensors that automatically trigger increased RPMs when you need it. Running smcFanControl when you don't need it or are "just worried" can put wear on your fans and decrease their useable life.

    The normal fan speed for 15" MBP's is 2000 RPM, I think the 13" is a little less.
  4. ash09

    ash09 Member

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    Oh, that's very interesting!
    Hm, maybe I'll uninstall it then.
    Yeah, I was just worried about it getting too hot or something, I really adore this laptop and don't want to overheat it or anything.

    Thanks for the response!

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    Cool, I too just got the new 13 inch MacBook Pro, how you liking yours?
  6. ash09

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    I'm absolutely in love with it.
    This is my first Mac, and while I wouldn't go as far as to say "I'll never touch my PC again!", OSX is definitely a lot smoother as an OS.
    As a notebook, it rocks. Battery life is pretty good (I get between 5-6.5 hours per charge) and I love the trackpad gestures. While the backlit keys wasn't a selling point for me, it's a nice little thing to have.
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    Same, it's my first Mac and I'd never go back to my PC either.
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    mine is normally 2000rpm
    but when i play the sims 3 it get up to like 5000rpm
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    On my Macbook atm i am downloading from the internet, and listing to the radio from the internet and on msn, with mail and iTunes open and its at 60c and 1800rpm

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    ─░ would encourage not to use smc fan control, the OS automat─▒cally speeds up fans when the laptop is in danger, but if you must, only go to 4000 rpm when your temp reaches 75C+

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