I live in a hotter climate and am very sensitive to heat in a laptop, and want to get one that causes no problems for me with respect to sweaty hands and fingertips while typing and tracking. I have read that the retina Macbook Pros run very cool, but now I am trying to understand the thermal differences between the higher-spec and lower-spec models.
From the Apple store website, as of 7/22/2014:
Lower spec 15" Retina Macbook Pro:
2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz 8GB 1600MHz memory 256GB PCIe-based flash storage1 Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Higher spec 15" Retina Macbook Pro:
2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz 16GB 1600MHz memory 512GB PCIe-based flash storage 1 Intel Iris Pro Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 750Mwith 2GB GDDR5 memory
Will the additional RAM, video card, and processor speed make the higher-spec model run hotter in any noticeable way? Is there perhaps a corresponding upgrade in its internal cooling capacity to compensate?
My normal usage is slightly more CPU or GPU intensive than a typical office worker. Productivity apps, web browsing, coding in MacVim, running linux development servers in VirtualBox, plus occasional bursts of CPU or GPU usage in the form of compiling code, watching short videos, etc.
Thanks for your insights.