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    Using all 16GB of ram, will computer get too hot?

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    Exclamation Using all 16GB of ram, will computer get too hot?
    Hello there. I currently have 4 gb of ram installed on my macbook pro 17-inch. When I run many programs and such and use up almost all 4 gb, the computer itself gets fairly hot to the touch, and the fan gets very loud. I am going to upgrade the ram to 16 gb and at times i will fill it up to almost the max 16 gb (run lots of programs to fill it up - this is for a program that if you need to know i will answer but i think is irrelevant).

    My question is, will the computer get TOO hot? I'm kind of unsure as to how that works. but my guess is that since it gets this hot and loud at 4 gb, it would kinda explode at 16 gb?

    An answer would be much appreciated!

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    Using all 16GB of ram, will computer get too hot?
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    No, how hot the computer is has nothing to do with how much RAM is installed/used since the RAM cards don't give off much heat (If any at all) when they are being used.
    What does give off heat is the CPU and Graphics Card, and if you have lots of programs open your CPU will be working hard and giving off heat.
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    Using all 16GB of ram, will computer get too hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McYukon View Post
    No, how hot the computer is has nothing to do with how much RAM is installed/used since the RAM cards don't give off much heat (If any at all) when they are being used.
    What does give off heat is the CPU and Graphics Card, and if you have lots of programs open your CPU will be working hard and giving off heat.
    So If i use 100% of my CPU, is that bad? Also, is there a way to get more CPU room? Im sorry if this is a nooby question...

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    Using all 16GB of ram, will computer get too hot?
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    No, the CPU cannot be upgraded. It is clocked to the MHz you bought it with. And no, I wouldn't worry about heat or using 100% of your CPU. Your Mac has several safely features built in like a auto-shutoff if the machine gets to hot that prevent damage.
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    Using all 16GB of ram, will computer get too hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McYukon View Post
    No, the CPU cannot be upgraded. It is clocked to the MHz you bought it with. And no, I wouldn't worry about heat or using 100% of your CPU. Your Mac has several safely features built in like a auto-shutoff if the machine gets to hot that prevent damage.
    Thats very reassuring. Thanks man!

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