iMac as a heater?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mentaluproar, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    I have a somewhat amusing question. It's an unusually cold day today and I want to know if it is possible to stress my iMac enough to heat my bedroom. It's a small room, and I already run BOINC 24/7, but its just not enough. Is there any way to stress the GPU out when at idle?

    It's an iMac 7,1, so it doesn't support CUDA, not that that matters since my mini does support CUDA and I've never been able to get it running properly on BOINC.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Probably not.
     
  3. interrobang macrumors 6502

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    Why not just go to the ATM, withdraw some cash, and burn that for warmth?

    Probably cheaper than wearing out your computer and paying for electricity!
     
  4. mentaluproar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    My old AMD would heat it up just fine. Well crap. Worth a shot.
     
  5. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    My iMac heats up my office, but not quickly - it takes time.
     
  7. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    It takes a while but it obviously produces heat so it will warm a small room. Mine is doing it right now. Sometimes its too warm to sleep afterwards lol
     
  8. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    I use my NAS drive and imac to heat my room :D.
     
  9. jfm010 macrumors newbie

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    You should try a MacPro. I've switched to a Mac Mini Server and now I'm freezing. :p
     
  10. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    +1 for Mac Pro. It seriously keeps my office toasty but its usually rendering all day long :D
     
  11. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    When I had my PowerMac G5 set up in my room, it would heat it 5-6 degrees fahrenheit in 30min. Needless to say, I moved it out of my room.

    However, when I'm cold and in bed with my MBP, I will go entirely under my comforter with my MBP and it heats me up damn well.
     
  12. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    mmm....

    $2,000 IMac = computer.
    $100 Electric heater = heat output.

    For my small office, I'd spend the $100 on a heater. Using an iMac for a heater looks way too expensive to me...

    Seriously.... Just buy an electric heater. Think they sell them for $20 on e-bay.

    Good luck....
     
  13. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    At school the digital room is the only room in the school with an aircon unit. Why? Because the 30 iMacs in there heat the room up so much that aircon is needed. And ya can't open the windows because there are none. So aircon is the only way to counter all the heat created by the iMacs.

    A PowerMac G5 would do a better job though.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    My computer works just fine. I notice my MacBook in the summer. Though it is a small room and I keep the door closed.
     
  15. khmeroldiez macrumors newbie

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    I'll turn on my PS3/360 and play video games. Gets pretty warm in a closed room.
     
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