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15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Users Experiencing Fan Issues Related to SanDisk SSDs?

retina_macbook_pro_15_fanEarlier this week, Geek.com highlighted a growing a number of complaints from owners of Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro regarding overactive fans. The issue has been noted in our forums and is the subject of a lengthy thread in Apple's discussion forums. From one report:
My first instance of runaway fans was under the lightest of conditions, having only one browser open only a few tabs and a cool computer. The fact it was cold is what is so alarming. Out of nowhere the fans spun up to a roar, stayed there for a few minutes, then decelerated back down to idle. Every so often this happens, usually daily, and it's horribly annoying on a high quality well engineered computer.
From the list of reports flowing in, users suspect that Apple's recent shift to using SanDisk solid-state drives in the Retina MacBook Pro may have something to do with the issue, although it is likely a software issue rather than a hardware one.


Apple support staff have offered mixed responses to the issue, with some customers receiving replacement machines while others have been assured that the behavior is normal. If the issue is indeed a software one as is suspected, Apple should be able to fix it relatively easily with an update pushed out to owners of the affected machines, but it is unclear whether Apple is working on a fix at this time.

(Photo from iFixit)

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20 months ago
And much as my inner fanboy hates to say it, but Samsung parts are always the best parts in Apple products.

Just look at the display even, and the SSD now.
Rating: 23 Votes
20 months ago
My early 1990s Macintosh Classic doesn't have this problem.
Rating: 15 Votes
20 months ago
"high quality well engineered computer"

LOLZ
Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
The guy needs to get his priorities straight. His first problem is he needs to reevaluate how much Coldplay is in his music library, the cooling fan is a distant problem in comparison. :(
Rating: 10 Votes
20 months ago
Should have used a Samsung SSD.
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago
I am so frustrated with all these problems with my rMBP. It has been months since an update and it makes me feel as though apple doesn't think there is really a problem. I paid a lot of money for what could be considered their best and flag shop mac. I am a product design professional and that is who the rMBPs are catered to. My whole job is done on our computers. The graphic glitches are a big deal when designing. Also, the not waking from sleep and loosing data. The fan issue bugs because it uses my battery like crazy when I am only browsing the internet. The inconsistent wifi connection prevents fluid and quick research and referencing (which I do all day long).

I have done everything to fix the problem myself from clean reinstall and no restore from time machine, 6 lengthy visits to the apple store, and patience for updates.

The most frustrating part is Apple almost haven't even acknowledged these issues over the past few months. The apple store geniuses have been very nice but haven't provided any real solution.

I am over reacting or is this as big a deal as I feel it is?
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
I had the issue, and am part of several threads on it. I simply took 3 different computers back...not for 2800$ am I going to beta something.

And the Sandisks were no slower than the Samsungs in the 13rmbp, which ironically is what I've decided to keep.
My fans would randomly go all the way to high, even though system was idle. They would also ramp up and down on a usb 3.0 file transfer over 2GB. No thanks.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
A run away fan usually means that the Regulating Code has crashed. Its part of the Failsafe built into the System A unregulated Fan runs 100% the regulation is what slows it down. That way if something goes wrong no additional damage can happen through the over heating of Vital Components. So it would be interesting to check the related Crash-logs.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago

Why’s there always so many Samsung contractors commenting on MacRumors?!!!! So obvious they are paid by Samsung or just extreme Korean patriots, the former has higher probablity.


LOL.

you'd have rather have inferior parts than just own up to your fanboyism.

The ideal customer.

I'll be sure to give you a fast food grade cut of meat at Mortons and charge you their premium price because you don't seem to mind.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago
Really makes me question what Apple has been doing with their notebooks lately. I'm typing this on a first generation Revision A MacBook Unibody from 2008 and the fans are sitting at 1760RPM with 7 applications running, one of which is rendering some audio right now. All of a sudden, a flagship MacBook from 2013 spools up the fans for no reason when playing lossless files in iTunes? That's kind of ridiculous. My machine is not without its faults (the screen has some pretty atrocious viewing angles and whatnot) but at least those faults were known before purchasing the machine and weren't things we as users are essentially beta testing for Apple.

I know I probably sound like the biggest hater out there right now, but Apple really needs to step it up. My experience when I had my retina 15" for a few weeks has seriously made me question their quality control (my retina had a squeaky case, a buzzing keyboard backlight, sleep issues, heating up when closed, and connectivity issues) and I returned it in spite of its speed and beauty. They can't rest on their laurels and it's really showing. As bad as it sounds, returning it and going back to my 2008 MacBook was almost freeing... I couldn't enjoy the retina purely because every time I picked it up, I felt like I'd find yet another ludicrous issue with it. At least my old workhorse was flawless, reliable and, though slow, something that wouldn't just decide not to wake from sleep or ramp up the fans for no reason... and it's a revision A product too.

TL;DR - I'll be seriously holding off my decisions on a Haswell MacBook until all the issues have been revealed. It's getting frustrating that Apple hasn't figured stuff like this out.
Rating: 5 Votes

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