Can I damage my rMBP playing games in Windows 8

renosausage

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I've been playing Knights of the Old Republic through Windows 8 for hours with my Macbook just constantly trying to cool it self down.

Will this eventually mess up my rMBP? The temperature never get above 96 degrees, but the heat just radiates from the machine.

I can't even use the Keyboard, I have to use an external keyboard and mouse.
 

fatlardo

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Im sure long term it will probably die faster than one that doesnt get as much heat from gaming. I'm doing the same. As you know, these arent meant for gaming, but that doesnt stop us, even though our gpu is pretty capable. :D
 

Radiating

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I've been playing Knights of the Old Republic through Windows 8 for hours with my Macbook just constantly trying to cool it self down.

Will this eventually mess up my rMBP? The temperature never get above 96 degrees, but the heat just radiates from the machine.

I can't even use the Keyboard, I have to use an external keyboard and mouse.
It shouldn't get that hot. Something is wrong. Try running a serious graphics game or demo in OSx and see if it gets that hot. The fan controls might not be working in windiws 8 yet.
 

renosausage

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It shouldn't get that hot. Something is wrong. Try running a serious graphics game or demo in OSx and see if it gets that hot. The fan controls might not be working in windiws 8 yet.
Well I'm sorry I should have been more specific, it gets that hot when I play BF3 on multiplayer mode.
 

Freyqq

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If it gets too hot, the computer is designed to automatically shut down. So, no worries.
 

fatlardo

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It shouldn't get that hot. Something is wrong. Try running a serious graphics game or demo in OSx and see if it gets that hot. The fan controls might not be working in windiws 8 yet.
Are you boot camping? W7 or W8? What temps are you getting and what game/settings?
 

wmage

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If it gets too hot, the computer is designed to automatically shut down. So, no worries.
And that's how I broke my brand new Air. (Of course they fixed it for free, there must've been something wrong with the automatic shutdown thing.)

My advice - try to break it while it's still under warranty. :)
 

er15

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But don't most laptops get hot when gaming?

I guess it's just a natural process when you're putting the CPU/GPU under gaming use to get hot :)
 

maflynn

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But don't most laptops get hot when gaming?

I guess it's just a natural process when you're putting the CPU/GPU under gaming use to get hot :)
Yes, but other computers may not get as hot as MBP especially with a MBP running windows.

My advice is to monitor the temps and take a break if you think things are getting too hot.
 

dastinger

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96C is pretty normal playing heavy games. That's what I get playing FIFA, AC 2 and Brotherhood and Tomb Raider. The CPU TMAX is 105C and the rMBP will shut down if it gets to temps it can't stand. It just feels hotter than other laptops because it's way thinner than most and it's made out of aluminum which conducts heat a lot faster. I wouldn't worry.
 

leman

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Ah, the never-ending topic... Yes, the MBP will get very hot when playing games. Who cares? It can take it. Will you damage it? You are already damaging it just by turning it on ^^ Whether people like the idea or not, computers are articles of daily use, they deteriorate with time. Will the excessive heat reduce the livespan of the machine? Yes it will. But your computer will become obsolete (performance-wise) long before it will die. And if it dies early, then there was already some sort of hardware weakness from the start which would have probably lead to failure regardless of how you use it.
 

Asuriyan

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Between work and home I've had a number of quad-core i7 laptops (and a Core 2 Quad) from HP, Dell and Apple. All of them have run hotter than your average notebook. Only one has suffered a failure due to heat (the HP, with a Nehalem i7-720QM) and believe me when I say you'll have plenty of warning. The throttling was so bad in the months leading up to the eventual failure that the system was nearly unusable even before it started having heat shutdowns at the Windows desktop.

The Retina MacBook Pro has the best ventilation design of any quad-core laptop I've owned. A close second is the Dell Precision (M4600 in my case), but it's also three times thicker and runs much louder.
 

Radiating

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96C is pretty normal playing heavy games. That's what I get playing FIFA, AC 2 and Brotherhood and Tomb Raider. The CPU TMAX is 105C and the rMBP will shut down if it gets to temps it can't stand. It just feels hotter than other laptops because it's way thinner than most and it's made out of aluminum which conducts heat a lot faster. I wouldn't worry.
Are we talking CPU or GPU? GPU should stay around 80-90 if it goes above 90 there are problems.
 

beautifulcoder

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Be warned.

KOTOR is exactly what killed an old machine of mine I built from scratch. I think I failed to put a good cooling system on it to begin with though. It actually played well until one day green smoke came out of the back of the machine.

My question is, when I hear folks using a rMBP on Windows 8 I have to ask, Why? Windows 7 is far superior albeit outdated.
 

leman

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KOTOR is exactly what killed an old machine of mine I built from scratch. I think I failed to put a good cooling system on it to begin with though. It actually played well until one day green smoke came out of the back of the machine.
If I were to guess I'd say a faulty PSU killed your computer :p
 

Mr MM

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Be warned.

KOTOR is exactly what killed an old machine of mine I built from scratch. I think I failed to put a good cooling system on it to begin with though. It actually played well until one day green smoke came out of the back of the machine.

My question is, when I hear folks using a rMBP on Windows 8 I have to ask, Why? Windows 7 is far superior albeit outdated.
windows 7 is neither superior nor outdated.

so it mustve been a amd gpu I take:p

thats classic for either poor handling of cooling (pasted wrong, not enough ventilation...) or psu going bye bye
 

RoboWarriorSr

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windows 7 is neither superior nor outdated.

so it mustve been a amd gpu I take:p

thats classic for either poor handling of cooling (pasted wrong, not enough ventilation...) or psu going bye bye
Isn't Windows 7 actually superior due to the drivers? Heard Apple did a botch job while writing drivers for Windows 8 under boot comp so the majority recommend Windows 7. Also heard Windows 8 doesn't scale well under Retina.
 

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Isn't Windows 7 actually superior due to the drivers? Heard Apple did a botch job while writing drivers for Windows 8 under boot comp so the majority recommend Windows 7. Also heard Windows 8 doesn't scale well under Retina.
Everything you've heard is true.
 

Mr MM

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Isn't Windows 7 actually superior due to the drivers? Heard Apple did a botch job while writing drivers for Windows 8 under boot comp so the majority recommend Windows 7. Also heard Windows 8 doesn't scale well under Retina.
Everything you've heard is true.
no and no

what drivers? bluetooth? wifi? kb? touchpad? those are the only ones that actually matter. all of them work, and the touchpad is still as crippled as always.

gpu? chipset? get from nvidia/amd and intel


everybody recommends win 7, because they cant be bothered to learn something.