New Mac Book Pro , WoW and Fan Noise

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by James Craner, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    I have a early 2007 MBP 2.4GHz - I don't like playing WoW on it, because after 10 mins the fans start to speed up. After 15-20 mins the fans sound like they are going full pelt and the noise becomes very noticeable. How are the new MBP's ? I have seen a few posts saying the frame rate is pretty good, but no comments about fan speed / noise. Does the fan noise depend on the graphics chip being used?

    As noise can be subjective my MBP fans normal idling speed is 2000 RPM (silent), after a few mins of playing WoW the fans get up to 5300 RPM. At that point I am half expecting a voice to come out of the speakers -'Please fasten your belts for takeoff'.
  2. tiselday macrumors member

    May 25, 2003
    Same here. I have a 2006 17" Macbook Pro (2.33 MHz, X1600) and the fans drive me crazy.

    I don't know if you are aware of this, but there is a built-in framerate limit in WoW. Using:

    /console maxfps 20

    for instance, limits your FPS to 20, and due to the less load, the machine stays at around 2000 rpm, thus bearable.

    Of couse, it is a shame to play at 20 FPS in such a expensive machine, but that's another matter.

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