The MacBook Pro M2 has a big problem with overheatingso much to reach the 108 degrees to then go into throttling, so as to preserve the system from possible damage. Obviously that’s not the best for a laptop costing more than € 1,500.
Throttling is a processor safety mechanism that automatically reduces the clock speed when the system temperature reaches Tcase. In this way the user is signaled that there is an overheating problem, which must be carefully monitored.
The analysis was conducted by Vadim Yuryev of Mac Tech, who also discovered other problems with the new MacBook Pros, such as the slowness of the variant with SSD 256GB, which is worse than the previous version (which had two 128GB SSDs). The overheating problem was recorded by exporting a Canon 8K RAW video. This is a very heavy task for the system, but no Mac has ever reached such a temperature, not even those with Intel SOCs.
According to Yuryev, a single fan is not enough to cool the system and it would take at least two. During the test the fan of the MacBook Pro M2 was run at 7200 RPM, which is the maximum speed, but there was nothing to do: the M2 had to lower the clock from 3,200 MHz to 1,894 MHz in order to find rest. from the heat, trailing the GPU, which went from 1,393 MHz to 289 MHz.
Of course, the problem was also reflected in the benchmarks, which were worse than those of the M1 Pro, which we remind you of going back to 2020. One wonders at this point how the MacBook Air M2s, which are fanless, manage to cool adequately. Perhaps future tests will reveal it to us.