Gaming on rMBP and longevity

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by EliteDeforce, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. EliteDeforce macrumors newbie

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    I have an iMac mid-2010 that plays most things for me, but obviously I can't get Crysis working on it so well. I also have an rMBP 15 that runs everything amazingly, but a computer engineer once told me that it is better to game on a desktop than a laptop due to less wear on components. I'm planning on keeping my rMBP for at least 5-6 years if not more and I don't really care about my iMac, so should I avoid gaming for long periods on my rMBP? Keep in mind, long periods for me is no more than 3 hours at a time with breaks in between.

    Cheers!
     
  2. GSPice macrumors 68000

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    I'm a computer engineer. Clearly the computer engineer that spoke to you lives in a world of theory.

    Don't worry about it - just give it the airflow the fans need.
     
  3. kelon111 macrumors 6502

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    In theory the CPU and GPU should outlast the motherboard itself.
    The problem with modern laptops is that almost everything is soldered to the motherboard so it's hard/possible to replace one part if it's soldered on the motherboard.
     
  4. leman macrumors 604

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    Nobody knows whether your laptop will survive 6 years. It's just the matter of being lucky. Higher stress will probably shorten the machines life but it's not the fact that it will live longer if you avoid gaming. Frankly, I wouldn't stress out about it too much. Just use it how it's convenient for you.
     

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