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MacBook Pro M2 might suffer from ‘severe throttling’

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Issues with the MacBook Pro 2022’s overheating and throttleing have been noted by a user.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro now has the full capabilities of the Apple M2 CPU. While many reviewers have reported positive experiences with the laptop, one user has raised some alarming issues.

The performance of the MacBook Pro has lately made headlines twice. It was recently reported that testing of the MacBook Pro M2 found a surprising decline. Particularly, some recent models of the MacBook Pro with 256GB SSDs seem to have poorer read and write performance than the SSDs on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 from 2020.

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Vadim Yuryev, a tech YouTuber, recently posted (opens in new tab) that the MacBook Pro 2022 reached a scorching 108 degrees Celsius inside (226 F). Additionally, it was said that the machine “heavily throttled on the M2 chip,” which impacted performance.

The YouTuber does admit that exporting 8K RAW video stretched the capabilities of the MacBook Pro 2022 to the limit.

With Apple’s new M2 MacBook Pro, we found SEVERE thermal throttling, demonstrating that it requires a BETTER cooling solution with two fans in place of one. Temperatures touched 108°C when we exported 8K Canon RAW, which is higher than we’ve ever recorded on a Mac, let alone an Intel Mac. Even worse, though… 1/7 image. twitter.com/JFCN7qJQbf June 29, 2022

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However, the fact that 8K RAW footage can be exported makes this news less alarming. It is a task that the majority of ordinary users would never need to perform, and in this instance it appears to be an experiment designed to test the Pro’s capabilities.

In an effort to keep its components cool while under strain, the laptop throttled performance, which is not surprising. With a MacBook, you most likely won’t need to perform any equally taxing tasks, so you shouldn’t have to worry about such temperatures. The MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch from 2021 are better options if you do want to export 8K video because they are designed specifically to handle those kind of workloads.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro that our Computing Writer Tony Polanco thoroughly tested and reviewed was deemed to be “the most powerful 13-inch MacBook Pro ever released.” In fact, he adds that during typical use, “like the 2020 M1 MacBook Pro, this laptop doesn’t get excessively warm.” In his experience, it is one of the “coolest” computers.

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Even the new MacBook Pro passed our battery test, which revealed that it is the most durable notebook ever made. The new MacBook Pro 13-inch ran out of battery after a record 18 hours and 20 minutes of continuous web browsing at 150 nits of screen brightness, but it was still cool to the touch.

Perhaps Apple could have used greater cooling to prevent the laptop from automatically throttling during Vadim Yuryev’s experiment. However, the majority of consumers will really use the laptop for regular work rather than 8K video editing. And because of the M2 chip, the MacBook Pro 2022 is a beast in that regard.

Amazon Prime Day 2022 will soon arrive. Check out our MacBook Air 2022 vs. MacBook Pro 2022 comparison before the sales begin to help you decide which new MacBook to buy.

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