OS X Additional Cooling needed for gaming rMBP?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Spikeywan, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I'm impatiently waiting for F1 2012 to download, after getting my force feedback wheel working, and playing the Dirt 2 demo.

    I have an old Dell laptop dock, that was designed to have a CRT monitor sat on it, and it gives me the perfect setup, with the wheel clamped to the table and my rMBP sat on top of the dock just behind it.

    It made me think. Running the Dirt 2 demo had all the fans on, and even with the power adaptor attached, I still lost 4% battery over an hour or so.

    So, would it be wise to employ some additional cooling, if I'm planning to do regular full length grand prix?

    If so, what would you recommend?

    Thanks.
     
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    ljonesj

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    with the way the retina'a and the classics bottoms are designed there are no cooling vents in the bottom only along the hinge so a cooler pad wont work
     
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    Solomani

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    What force feedback racing wheel are you using (with your Mac)?

    I'm interested to know which ones work with MacOSX.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

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    on the classic MBP, thats true... on the Retinas, there are intake vents on the bottom sides.

    Either way the bottom of the case gets very hot... transferring heat away from the insides... a cooler pad that helps cool the bottom does help lower the temps a minor amount.
     
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    ljonesj

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    ok i stand corrected
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool! :D thanks guys.

    I'm using a Logitech Driving Force GT.

    All the important bits work, but some buttons and the sequential gear knob don't. It's very good, though. You'll need to install a kek, the details of how are on this site somewhere, easily found with a search.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    A textbook does the job. :)
     
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    Blondie :)

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    Agreeing with this. Just get something to raise the back end of your macbook pro up a little with. Cooling pads don't work for Macs because there are no vents on bottom for the air to get through. The conduction heat transfer increase with a cooling pad is nowhere near high enough to make a difference.
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    edddeduck

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    We released an open source driver that enables all the features of the 900 degree wheel like the shifter. The side effect is this will also stop the kext hack for FFB working as enabling the mode makes the FFB drivers think the wheel is a different model.

    http://support.feralinteractive.com/en/mac-games/f12012/faqs/free_the_wheel/

    Enjoy!

    Edwin
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ooh! That's worth knowing. I was about to install FTW, but I think I'll not bother. I can live without a few buttons, but not Force Feedback.

    Thanks, Edwin.
     

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