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My Mac is Hot

 
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Not in the sense of sensuousness, but I'm noticing that my Mac is heating up to levels that I haven't seen before upgrading my RAM from 4 to 16 GB and moving from an HDD to an SSD drive. Did you guys also notice this if in case you did an upgrade to your Mac? Is there a heat-o-meter-level-for-my-mac indicator sort of?

Is this heating phenomenon common as the machine ages? I have noticed the same issues with my 5 year old Lenovo T410s. It would heat up to such levels that it would turn off by itself. I'm afraid that my Mac would follow the same path which I don't want. I did the upgrade keeping in mind that I could use it for another 3 more years before I get a new one!

Any recommendations to prevent this overheating? At home I sit on my couch and work with my Mac. Should I consider using some ventilation underneath? Suggestions?
 
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Apple recommend using your MacBook on a hard stable surface. I think it's fair to say that isn't the most common use case! Check out this article to help diagnose and fix your heating problems - you probably just need to increase the fan speed.
 
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I never knew that I could control the fan on my Mac. I will look into it today and see if that helps!
 
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I have the smcFan control installed. While watching videos, the temperature goes up to 90 degree celcius! Most of the heat that I notice is while I work with IntelliJ. I would check that later tonight!
 
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Yes, I find that IntelliJ, and its sister WebStorm, are the programs that stress my Macs the most. Lots of stuff going on apparently.
 
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