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hongsungone
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Tip for you macbook 16 in owners.

You can drastically improve your cpu performance through this mod

 

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Algost zhao
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This looks like an easy mod. I have just bought the thermal pads to give it a try.

edit: found a reddit thread about this mod: https://www.reddit.com/r/macbookpro/comments/gs6bal/2019_mbp_16_vrm_cooling_mod/

The improvements in thermals seem to be very good.

 

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16" MacBook 2019 (5300m), Razer Core X, 5700 XT, Windows 1903


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Arzen
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Yeah, I'm debating doing the mod myself or simply selling this MBP. I'm tired of this kind of stuff -- if I have to use an eGPU because my laptop can't handle the heat, well, may as well use a 13". Grr.

MacBook Pro 16" - 2.3 i9, 16GB, 1TB, 5500m (I added thermal pads to the VRMs); Mantiz Saturn Pro w/ PowerColor Red Devil 5700 XT (previously, a Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box) + LG OLED C9


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Sam Durston
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@arzen, i noticed in your signature that you have gone ahead with the thermal pad modification. How are you liking the results?

 

16” MBP: 2.6 GHz i7 || 16GB RAM ||| 5500M 4GB || 512 GB SSD


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Arzen
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@sam_durston, Yep, I did it. It took me two attempts (maybe it was three...) as I tried to do a clean mod -- I ended up needing more. The reddit post is great.

The mod works great -- I think if you don't go too overboard you can still use it on your lap too. I'm using it right now to type this while playing WoW Classic is running at 60 FPS at full resolution and setting 6 on MacOS.

I do think that it is critical to pair the mod with this app: http://tbswitcher.rugarciap.com -- I use the free version but it works so well I'll probably buy the Pro version just to support the developer.

IMG 0818

 

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MacBook Pro 16" - 2.3 i9, 16GB, 1TB, 5500m (I added thermal pads to the VRMs); Mantiz Saturn Pro w/ PowerColor Red Devil 5700 XT (previously, a Gigabyte RX 580 Gaming Box) + LG OLED C9


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s c
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For the record.  i have to use this same computer since it is the only thing that my company supports that run something resembling linux. 

I did this mod. 

Good news. 

Yes it works. The thing is quiet. 

 

bad

yes this "heat" transfers to the computer. my palms start burning just typing on it. I don't know how apple folks live with these from the stupid touch bar to the "heat of the sun" and noise that is this computer. It 's not all that fast either to be perfectly honest. This is why mac people are so excited about the m1. I'd have tears of joy too if this had been my computer.

 

Mac does build nice laptops (i got the m1 personally  just before, this is a work computer had to use it after solar winds).  I have to say coming from windows/linux i'm not entirely sold.   Yes great monitor and build quality and sound, but not sure what good that does if you can melt lead on the computer and it is slow. It's a runnaway heat situation it's not purely intel's falut there are plenty of intel laptops that work better than this. They could have made a better cooling solution there is this thing called a vapor chamber. They dont' cost that much more and if this is what you are trying to do it will work a lot better. There is a resaon why a lot of the windows laptops don't use metal on the base. 

 

Also, and i can presume only to keep the weight down they super small heat pipes in here. My asus laptop is vastly superior, has a cooler cpu and way more heat pipes. and much larger pipes, and it is also a smaller laptop by the way. It is quieter the fan blades are much larger so they move more air. What's the big deal if a laptop is a quarter inch thicker who cares it's a 16 inch laptop. For a 2500 dollar laptop i'd expect more in terms of cooling. When computers get this hot that dont' really perform that well... and they spend more battery trying to cool with this crappy solution. the battery also sucks on this computer. 

 

That said. the M1 is good. That configuration, lower power, works much better with this form factor.  Sorry not to rant but i never worried about heat before i bought this computer. Terrible. All these outlets continue to praise mac 16 heat issues fixed new escape key LOL. well all my other computers are plenty cool, get better battery life and have escape key and more. 

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To do: Create my signature with system and expected eGPU configuration information to give context to my posts. I have no builds.

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