Do Apple's notebooks have issues with running Folding @ Home?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wolfpup, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Anyone run Folding at Home on both cores? Occurred to me that maybe that would cause issues if the cooling isn't good, since both cores would be at 100% all the time.

    I always keep all my systems running Folding all the time, though on a notebook I would of course set it to pause when on battery power.

    Anyone know if the command line version of Folding downloads Intel native cores? I guess the program you actually launch is still PPC, but maybe the cores it actually downloads to do the work are Intel native on Intel hardware? Or maybe we're supposed to use that new multi-CPU client, except it's supposed to be optimized for four or more cores.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The SMP version of Folding@Home is Intel only. I've run it just fine on two cores. I'd use SMCFanControl to keep your laptop cool though.
     
  3. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So the older version is probably just PPC only? Obviously running Folding @ Home through emulation would be silly :D

    Good to know the new one works on two cores!

    EDIT: Is there any drawback to that SMCFanControl? Can it be easily disabled to go back to normal operation? At work I probably wouldn't even be able to hear it at full blast (I run my PC's fans full blast for that reason).
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I used InCrease for a while but the fans really scream (using smcFanControl). The temps run around 83C.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    lol dunno

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    I've run my Mac mini for weeks using SMCFanControl and Folding@Home.
     

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