Google+ Overheating

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  1. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    It's become a regular thing to use Google+ hangouts to get people to sort stuff out amongst my friends - don't ask me why but it's just the way it's gone.

    They are actually quite good but the issue is that me laptop gets really hot while in them. I know it can handle the temps of about 75C but it just makes a lot of noise and uses up battery at an alarming rate.

    Is there a way I can sort this? Skype used to be the same, only not as bad, however this was fixed in the new skype update.

    Any Ideas?
     
  2. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Anyone got any idea? I'm sure a £2000 pound laptop isn't meant to struggle with this as a task!
     
  3. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The issue remains, is there no one else out there who uses Google Plus hangouts on a rMBP?
     
  4. chmodme macrumors member

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    I do not have a Retina MBP. Google Hangouts work incredibly well, and is used by many of my colleagues. It is almost a de facto standard for group tech calls with people I know.

    But, my Core i7 (quad) heats up and runs the fans using Hangouts just like your Retina device.

    I don't think of it in terms of struggling with anything. The fans are designed to prevent damage, that's all. The Hangout system obviously uses CPU to a high degree, if not also the GPU (?), so it gets warm. Then the fans kick in.

    As far as I can determine, our MBP units are behaving like they should?

    chmodme
     
  5. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Why does Skype not do the same then?
     
  6. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    you answered that yourself.

    it basically appears to be a very bad code
     
  7. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    As in the google voice plugin is inefficient and uses unnecessary resources when Skype doesn't?
     
  8. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    yes probably

    no voice chat software should use that much cpu resource, or even video chat
     
  9. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So until Google update that there's nothing I can do? Can I limit the resources it uses somehow? Force integrated only with gfxCardStatus?
     
  10. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    you can force the gpu, but is it using it?

    and no theres nothing you can do
     
  11. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    There's no way you can set a limit on the amount of CPU percentage an app uses?
     
  12. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    so that it doesnt work properly? and as far as Im aware no.
     
  13. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Might you not find that it is just 'greedy' and would in fact be okay at a lower capped level?
     
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    But video chat requires the recorded footage being transcoded to a highly compressive H.264 or similar MPEG-4 stream, which is taxing the CPU.

    As to overheating, the Mac does not overheat. The mobile i7 CPUs can handle 105° C, 75° C is nothing.

    Those Macs in their heat - a sine of over-heating? - a short story by Mister GGJstudios
     
  15. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Overheating relative to the task. If it really is that taxing why doesn't Skype cause the same effect?
     
  16. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    whilst using resources poorly, limiting the poor use of resources doesnt mean same performance. i.e. if you have a performance of 30%, decreasing resource you will have those 30% of efficiency or less

    not that as I mentioned you can actually do that, AFAIK
     
  17. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It just seems a shame there's nothing I can do about it. I'm okay with the heat, it's the power usage thats the pain.
     
  18. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    at 75c it wont even engage the fans at higher speed.

    still, compressing something to whatever format doesnt task enough the cpu, vid any other chat app, even facebook video chat doesnt task that much. Aside that the quality of the video is pretty low
     
  19. charlieegan3 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    at 75c the fans are on pretty loud for me.

    I agree, there appears to be no need for the increased heat. The video quality is marginally better than Skype I find.
     

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