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Model A1286. Released February 2011 / 2.0, 2.2, or 2.3 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 Processor

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Cooling system of the MacBook Pro (early 2011)

My friend has bought a new Macbook Pro, in England.

He has started to have a problems with overheating.

Both I and him live in Russia, where no Apple stores are situated,

and we are not going to visit Europe anytime soon (before the 1-year warranty expires)

So, I am going to fix it myself, because I am quite skilled at this field.

I am going to replace the standard Apple thermal grease.

(check the Step 10: Holy thermal paste )

I have a Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra, one of the best thermal interfaces available:


The only problem is that it is prohibited to use it if the part of the cooling system

which comes in a direct contact with thermal interface and CPU/GPU

is made of aluminum.

So, please, tell me, what the part of the cooling system,

which comes in a direct contact with thermal interface and CPU/GPU,

is made of?

Update (03/01/2011)

According to this photo, CPU's and GPU's heat sinks are made of copper (because of specific color)


but I still don't know about the third heat sink (for Thunderbolt controller):


Don't see the surface of material:


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Assuming that you know more about this new MacBook Pro than Apple is pretty arrogant. You're going to void your friends warranty because you saw one MBP that overheats, therefor all the MBPs overheat. Your deductive reasoning is in error: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deductive_r...

You might be slower to condemn if the MacBook was yours. It will cost you nothing to return it for warranty work and then you can see if the problem persists. http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57

You can go to the Apple web site in Moscow www.apple.com/ru/support/

or pick up the phone 495 5809557

You don't have to go to an Apple store to get warranty work done. I've had lots of warranty work done, all by mail, without ever going to a store. None of the warranty work took more than four days.

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All the new Macbook Pros are affected by this issue. Check the MacRumors forums.

It seems that I should use another thermal interface -

not a liquid metal, but a high-end thermal grease (like IC Diamond).

The difference will be insignificant (according to many reviews,

liquid metal is just 2-3 C better) and there will not be any risk with aluminum-possible parts.

Thank you for your help, guys! =)


Glad I could help


AS5 is the best way to go in the end


It appears he decided not to do it from my interpretation


I decided to get Shin-Etsu X23-7783D.

It's quite hard to find, but it's the best non-liquidmetal TIM available! Much better than outdated AS5. Check this review: http://skinneelabs.com/tim-review-v2/4/


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Why dont you just call applecare,they ship you a box to ship it in, and its back in like a week

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Both I and friend live in Russia, where no Apple stores are situated.

We don't have the great Apple support here.

And we are not going to visit Europe anytime soon (before the 1-year warranty expires)


And, even if I lived in Europe and followed this advice, Apple would just replaced the Mac - with the same overheating issue

(most, if not all, new MBPs are affected)


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Download SMCFanControl and keep your MacBook Pro cool that way... me and my son do exactly that. If it begins to overheat we just turn on the FanControl and wala... it's cool again. For some reason the fan stays on default when the laptop works harder. I would think the fan would bump up automatically but it doesn't... so a free download of SMCFanControl did the job. No warranty issue, no visit to the MacStore just a search in YouTube.

Good luck and be blessed.

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