When I play Diablo 3 on my MBP (late 2011) the computer gets unbelievably hot.

It gets to be too hot to touch near where the screen connects to the keyboard.

I get the feeling like this is terrible for the computer.

I put an external cooling pad underneath it, but it doesn't really help that much.

I also have an app called "IStat Menus by Bjango" which controls the fans.

I stopped using the software a while ago, but it is an option and it is legitimate.

Is there any way I can help it cool down, or should I just buy a computer specific for gaming?

I found a real good ARTICLE on the subject.

Specs on my mac

  • What is 'hot' in degrees? Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 22:04
  • @CousinCocaine 80-90 C w/ a cooling pad underneath Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 22:05
  • Measured on the chip? If so, these are no abnormal temperatures. Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 22:06
  • yeah, measured from the cpu Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 22:08
  • MBP's are known to run hot. Some say it is due to too much cool paste. I just bought a Playstation for gaming, solved it for me. Commented Mar 25, 2016 at 22:10

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As per Intel's site, the maximum temperature for this CPU is 100 C. I wouldn't be immediately concerned unless your machine is freezing / shutting down, or showing video artifacts.

Obviously 80 C is still pretty warm; you can try some things to bring it down.

  • Active cooling pad/base with fans built in
  • Cleaning out the CPU fan and exhaust vents. This requires taking off the bottom cover.
  • Using iStats or another program to run the fan at a higher speed.
  • Do you think IStat is safe to use? Commented Mar 26, 2016 at 4:55
  • iStat is reliable software Commented Mar 26, 2016 at 5:39

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