2.2 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz), 2.5 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz), or 2.8 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 4.0 GHz) quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB shared L3 cache.

282 Questions View all

Applyied Thermal paste, noticing higher than normal temps, is this tem

Applied IC Diamond 24K Thermal paste to my MacBook Pro 15" Retina Quad-Core.Used the small pea method. Noticing CPU temps idle at 60-80C, 90's C with a load. Does this particular thermal paste take time to settle in to work properly or should I reapply using less paste?

Update (11/30/2016)

Fixed it!

Reapplied thermal past in an "X" like pattern on the CPU and GPU. Idle temps in the low 40's.

Answered! View the answer I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score 1
Add a comment

Free shipping on all orders over $100 or containing a Pro Tech Toolkit!

Browse Our Store

1 Answer

Chosen Solution

those temps don't seem completely out of line, did you happen to record what the temps were before you did anything?

Look up your CPU model on Intel's website for info on operating temperatures.

As an aside, is there a program that will monitor the real-time clock frequency of a CPU under OSX?

Last I saw Intel was rather mum on how hot CPUs have to get before the are thermally throttled back.

Was this answer helpful?

Score 2


Did not record what the temps were before applying the paste.

Thanks, Great Idea. I'll research this particular CPU ands what the operating temps in this particular unit


Tim - Here's a way to monitor the CPU's clocking: Intel® Power Gadget.

You can also use Activity Monitor to see CPU's usage which I think is more useful for most: OS X: Activity Monitor shows one CPU Usage graph on systems with more than four cores


Add a comment

Add your answer

Aps152010 will be eternally grateful.
View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 0

Past 30 Days: 2

All Time: 164