Battery drain and Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by entatlrg, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    I've noticed the Battery on my 13" MBP drains much faster when using Windows in VMfusion, makes sense running two OS's.

    Question:
    If I installed Windows via Bootcamp instead of VM would my battery last 'much' longer? I'm only running one OS so it should.


    What's the best way to run Windows so I can get the most from the battery, is there any way to get the battery to last as long in Windows as it does in Mac ...

    Running OS X goes an incredibly long time compared to Windows.
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

    ayeying

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    Not entirely. Windows power management is not as good as OS X's variants on these systems. You'll probably be looking at maybe 60% of the battery life in Windows vs OS X. However, with more advanced and optimized drivers, it seems (at least for me) that battery life seems to be better.

    I get 1.5-2 Hours in Windows 7 Ultimate under gaming. 2.5 Hours with regular use. In OS X, when gaming (CoD4 for Mac), I get about the same 1.5-2 Hours but I get close to 4-4.5 Hours with regular usage. Not sure why this is, seems that Windows just keeps the entire system at a higher power usage when OS X lets the hardware power down during regulars.
     
  3. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    Do you do all that on your MacBook Air? If so, doesn't it get real hot with fans at full speed? Your in Bootcamp obviously?
     

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