is it bad to run on dedicated gpu all the time?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by golu14, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. golu14 macrumors regular

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    i use apps that require the nvidia gpu in my rMBP. i run them 99% of the time my mbp is on.

    will that have any side-effects on it?
    like on its life, or mbp overheating etc?
     
  2. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816

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    Only side affect is that the nVida card will eat your battery. You will notice lower battery life but thats about it.
     
  3. Aksta macrumors regular

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    No it's not bad to run it all the time.
     
  4. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    That's about it..
     
  5. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    I use gfxcardstatus to force discrete when plugged in and force integrated when on battery. i haven't tried any gaming on battery yet, but integrated works perfectly well for full-screen HD video and any other normal use.
     
  6. golu14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i use gfxcardstatus too, but just to know what its currently using.

    I've noticed my macbook getting really hot when running nvidia and 10x cooler when on intel integrated, is that ok?
     
  7. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the dedicated GPU's gonna generate a lot more heat.
     

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