Originally posted by JeffDM
[B]I don't care. Ten wrong products don't make a right. If Apple wants to claim its products are better, then I see nothing wrong with holding them to an acceptable standard. It is a significant mode of use for the product that is a basic expectation for the people that use the product and shouldn't be disclaimed near the back of the book.
Jeff, laptops have been getting hotter for years. That's the way it is. Until technology allows a cpu to use even less power than now, with the same performance, you will have to suffer with it. Nobody is happy about it, but it can't be helped. People are not willing to accept the alternative, which is; heavier machines, and larger machines. Not for the same performance.
You might be, but few others are.
Says who? OS X gave more control over the G5's energy management than it does over the MBP's chip. There is no way to set "reduced" on the MBP for maximized energy savings, the energy savings control only seems to control the display backlight. The chips shouldn't be running so hot when they are idle, that leads me to believe that it is running at full speed.
Sez Intel. This has been discussed already. Not just here, but on other tech sites as well.
I may end up having to leave it because the product is effectively a luggable in its current form.
That would be sad, but it's your choice. Let us know if you do.
I must say though, using the bottom plate as a significant heat transfer method is bad thermal design, I learned that in first semester of thermal engineering.
It's good for the components, bad for your naked knees. Aluminum is a very good heat conductor. Of the common materials, only copper is better. There is no other heat sink area that Apple could use on a laptop. PC manufacturers that use plastic, have a lower external temp, but a higher internal one, or are larger, and weigh more. Most people want thin and light.