8600GT MBP owners who HAVEN'T experienced a failure.

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  1. iammike1 macrumors 6502a

    iammike1

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    Bought my MBP in Nov 2007 and thinking about making it my primary machine since I am moving to Japan.

    I don't game anymore. Mostly web stuff, YouTube, Hulu, watching movies, working with photos. Considering I don't push the heat to the max in my machine with those task, I'm wondering if I would make it quite some time without a failure.

    Granted, before someone decides to tell me what I do already know. I know the 8600 is just a ticking bomb that will eventually fail. I'm just trying to differentiate between those that fail multiple times in the span of a year or two vs. those who have not had that level of problems.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    My MacBook Pro has the 8600GT and it is still running fine without a failure. Although I don't typically game too much nor do anything that is too graphic intensive. I've had the computer since March of '08.
     
  3. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    No failure on mine yet either. But i got a 22" monitor a month ago. So we'll see.
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I've used a 22" monitor with it from the day I got it until two months ago when I upgraded to a 24" monitor.
     
  5. iammike1 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Running Adium, word, and itunes in three windows spread across a 30" acd isn't going to make your GPU crack. You'll have to fire it up and cool it down repeatedly (or so i'm told).

    If light usage as described above would make the symptoms appear the failures would have been much more widespread.
     
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  8. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    8 months i think. so my account prob doesnt help much. But i do use mine every day.
     
  9. splashnader macrumors 6502a

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    Early 2008 MBP, don't do any gaming, so far no problems with the 8600 GT
     
  10. wesrk macrumors 6502a

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    I game a few hours a week in my mbp, stuff like fifa, moh, cod, it does get very hot, then cools down, no problems so far since february of 08.
     
  11. Smurfed macrumors regular

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    Had mine for a solid year.

    Intensive gaming daily, gpu overclocked to factory settings.

    Still going strong. (ofcourse, I did knock on wood)
     
  12. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

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    June '08 MBP here, still running great. I don't play super intensive games but stuff like Rise of Nations, AOEIII, and Axis & Allies (Windows 7 RC and XP) haven't thrown it up yet.

    I don't deny that the issue is there but I don't worry about it. If it is going to happen it will happen. Same with my 360 - it's a release console and it could RROD at any time...but it hasn't yet.

    Of course, tomorrow could be a different story :p
     
  13. Hydroxs macrumors regular

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    July 08 MBP overclocked for gaming and running in clamshell mode just fine.
     
  14. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...what does moving to Japan have to do with making this your primary machine?

    I'm already in Japan and have 5 computers in the house - they can be found bigger than a bread box now-a-days:D
     
  15. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe the op doesn't want a desktop anymore.
     
  16. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a MBP with the GeForce 8600M GT chip and have had no problems. Mac is 1 year old and I run it intensively several times a week playing games or other processor intensive apps.

    Who says that it will "eventually fail" as a certainty anyway?

    *Update*

    So last Friday my mac died due to the 8600M GT chip.

    RIP Penryn Macbook Pro. April 2008 - Feb 2010

    Seems like most do eventually fail... :(
     
  17. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Used pretty heavily everyday from July 2008 (gaming, editing, running external displays).

    I experienced the screen tearing issue with scrolling, but that was fixed with 10.5.7 recently.

    So yeah, no problems.
     
  18. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a 2.4 SR from 2007 which I push really hard and I haven't even had a hiccup, It does get quite hot though.........
     
  19. Aznhiga13 macrumors member

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    I have a 2008 September model and I always play games and do graphic heavy processes. The highest I have seen my temp go was around 73C. No problems at all since I have bought it. I also run Windows thru bootcamp and play games on that as well. I think mine is pretty stable but I guess knock on wood. :/
     
  20. macffooky macrumors regular

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    March 2008, very little gaming, whenever I'm doing something intensive like encoding with Handbrake I always set smc fancontrol to 6000 rpm.

    I suppose it'd be more sensible to let nature take its course and hope it fails within the AppleCare window but it just seems to go against the grain with me.
     
  21. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Mid-2007 SR MBP 2.2, purchased as a refurb in April, 2008. So far, runs just fine... no failure of any kind.
     
  22. Chronos1976 macrumors newbie

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    I have an early 2008 Macbook pro (15 months old). I play Oblivion, Portal, HL2 etc in bootcamp / via parallels. No issues so far.
     
  23. John89 macrumors regular

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    Early '08 Macbook Pro.

    Just started gaming in the last few months, using Unreal Tournament 3 and Team Fortress 2.

    No problems as of yet.
     
  24. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    My 2.2GHz is still going strong. I do a lot of photo editing and stuff in Logic so we will see where this puts me. It was made in October 2007, bought in January 2008.
     
  25. Scorch07 macrumors 6502

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    I've had mine since Jan 2008 and haven't had a problem. I did have some issues where my screen wouldn't wake up after a sleep a while ago but those have subsided. I did take it in once to be checked but it passed the self-diagnostic test they had. I don't game that much on it but I do some stuff in FCE every now and then so it can get pretty hot.
     

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