I'm running OSX 10.7.5 on my Mac computer (desktop, not laptop).

I have just been watching some Starcraft 2 stream from Dreamhack (in flash) when I noticed my computer was getting pretty hot. I installed some temp. monitor which showed the GPU was reaching nearly 70 degree celcius. This seems like a lot.

I was viewing flash using chrome. I normally use linux and I know there are different versions of flash there, some better than other. Are there any wellknown problems with chrome and the stock flash plugin? Should I be using Safari? Should I install some other flash plugin? Or should I just totally avoid using flash on my Apple devices?


  • I would say that it is normal for all flash to do this on OS X.
    – demure
    Jun 15, 2013 at 13:23
  • Can you check what is your CPU/GPU load while watching the flash. It is not normal to heat up that much.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 15, 2013 at 20:47

1 Answer 1


Flash has many problems, including making your computer run hot. I have an older dual quad core i7 iMac, and Flash does that to my computer too. It's also a large security hole.

I'd recommend removing flash completely, and when you need to run it, do so using Google Chrome. Chrome has a sandboxed, often updated version of Flash. It won't solve the issue with it taxing your system, but it is a bit more secure.

To answer your questions at the end: 1 - Chrome works fine - Flash is the problem.
2 - For Flash, I'd say use Chrome only, and leave Safari out of this. 3 - Chrome provided Flash is probably your best bet 4 - I avoid Flash as much as possible, but I do love me some Google Street View. Gotta use Flash for it.

Good luck.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .