maybe I'm an anomaly but I think I've heard the spro fans go on once and maybe a second time in the three months I've owned it. I'm not a gamer but do run statistical processing programs and use external screens, stuff that makes the spro warm but haven't felt it white hot. I'm sure they plus the vents make the machine thicker (and perhaps a bit heavier). I'd buy a Spro without fans. an i3 would probably be enough juice in fact.