Hurry before i burst into 2.7 flames!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by absolutmp5, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2004
    Well i have the 2.7 dual powermac with the standard config, yes even the ram. The problem im now running into is that the the computer gets so hot sometimes that my entire room can raise a few degrees. Its very uncomfortable to say the least. Also the fans seem to run a little hard here and there even when im just having one app open like safari as this very moment. if anyone can please tell me if uping the ram or will help this issue (by taking of a load of the cpus) or other solutions to help my powermac not turn me into a burnt crisp please respond.
  2. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Is it naturally warm where you are?

    Have you removed the outer metal cover and the plastic fan guards? If so, put the plastic guard back as it is necessary for cooling the tower properly.

    Is the machine on the floor? If so, raise it somehow to increase air flow.

    Open up the Activity Monitor (Applications> Utilities) and see if something is really working the CPUs.

    Download the miniTemp widget from the Apple widget downloads page and tell us what it says.
  3. macrumors regular

    May 2, 2002
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    you could also try opening up a window in your room :)
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2003
    even my GigE 2x500 makes the room hotter; most any computer does - even a couple 60 watt bulbs can make a difference if you don't have good airflow.

    My office is usually 2-4 degrees warmer than the rest of the apt.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    My dual 2.0 runs warm and you can definitely feel
    the heat when you walk past the exhaust port, but
    it never runs really HOT.

    I would whip out your hardware test CD just to make sure everything is performing the way it should be.

    You may also want to download Temperature Monitor 2.5 from Versiontracker so you can see what's going on.

    My CPU's are running just slightly above 120 F
    Drive Bay 80 F
    Logic board backside 114 F
    Memory Controller heat sink 160 F
    Processor cards 119 F
    and Hard drive at 105 F.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2004
    Boston, Massachusetts
    My Dual 2ghz Runs just like yours. And yes You can definetely feel it when you walk by the exhaust port. I keep the computer in the coldest room of the house (basement) so it really doesn't effect anything.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    Just out of curiosity, do other high end PC desktop generate as much heat as PM G5 does? I came across with similar threads on PM's heat generating feature. Or, is it just a PM thing?
  8. macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I am confused, I have a PowerMac and my powermac is ice cold. Although everyone else that walks into the room says my room is burning hot, thats just because I have my windows shut and the sun is in my face.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2001
    west of Philly
    I have an AMD 64 3000+ machine that puts out a little warm air, but not bad. I have a dual Xeon 3ghz that running full tilt is pretty toasty. If it's not working hard, there is a slightly warm air coming from it.

    I haven't played with a G5 though to say if it's worse or better. It's worse than the quicksilver dual 800 at full tilt, but about the same when idling.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    The Power Mac Dual 2.7 which I used for only ~one week was a lot hotter than my desktop in my sig. It made a lot more warm air than my desktop PC.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    I have a 3GHz P4 (OC'd to 3.2GHz) and it only gets hot when I game (Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Call of Duty, etc.). It runs slightly warm during normal operations (web, Word, PhotoShop, email, etc.)

    I have one 80mm fan in the front for intake, two 80mm fans in the back for exhaust, and one 80mm side fan blowing air over my GPU.

    I remember when I first picked up Doom 3 last summer and the room temp felt like it went up 5-10 degrees. During intense game play, my computer rebooted twice because of the heat. Now, I just turn on the AC if it gets too warm in here.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    I've said this in a couple of other threads, but this is one of the reasons I ditched my 2.7 and stepped down to a 2.3 (see sig). I had a rev A 2.0 about a year ago and it was great. I immediately jumped on the 2.7 bandwagon when they were announced and it was faster but very, very hot. The fans would kick on just opening safari and mail. By the way, I live in cool (65-75 degree) Ventura, California - near the beach. My home is pretty cool and gets a great westerly breeze. I now use a 2.3 and it is (or at least feels) faster, snapier, and overall more responsive not to mention that I've heard the fans come on only once briefly while rendering in FCP. I know, I know how could this be and where are the benchmarks? Well, I don't have any benchmarks, but I know the "real world feel" of this baby and it's faster and cooler nonetheless.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    hmm, having a raptor as boot disk may help with some of the "snappier" observations. of course this is moot if you yanked it from your 2.7...

    my 7100/80 could kick all of your G5's asses!!! System 9, woot!
  14. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Welcome to the club.

    I sometimes have a fun running across the back end to get the heat out of the room.

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