Resolved New MacBook Pro (and some questions)

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  1. xShane, Jan 9, 2013
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    xShane macrumors 6502a

    xShane

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    EDIT: New Question added.

    Hello everyone,

    I just received my MacBook Pro in the mail today -- I'm pretty excited and still setting everything up (apps, settings, downloading stuff, etc.). I'm *REALLY* happy with the experience so far; everything just feels so smooth and nice (especially when using the keyboard, I love the "feeling" of it). I haven't had my own Mac since from '06 to 2010, so I kind of forgot what it's like. I love it now that I'm back.

    Anyhow, as I'm setting up my new MacBook Pro, I have a few questions.

    - I ordered my MacBook Pro to be able to use graphic-intensive applications, so I got one with a good GPU and a good amount of VRAM. Which is the preferred application/way to switch from the integrated Intel GPU, to my dedicated Nvidia card? The Mac, I've heard, doesn't always make the best choice in switching between cards, so I want to have absolute control over which card is in use, and be able to switch at any time (i.e. switch to the Nvidia card for gaming).

    - Which is the preferred app for fan control?

    - What is the best, free screen recorder/screen shot program? I'll occasionally want to record videos of my screen when I'm playing a game or doing a task.

    I'm assuming that the two apps I'm looking for won't be full of viruses or cause serious (or any) harm to my MacBook. Also, I don't want either of these applications using up too many resources (I don't want to switch graphics cards when gaming, only for the app that controls it to eat up my CPU and/or RAM).

    Your help and advice is greatly appreciated :)

    P.S. I might add more questions as I get further through the process of settings my MBP up to my needs.
     
  2. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    GfxCardStatus is a great app, sits in the Menubar with the notifications. You can set it to Intergated only, Discreet only or Dynamic. In Dynamic you see notifications which tell you when the GPU swaps and the icon in the Menubar will show as an I or D depending which is in use.

    Doubt you'll find anyone else recommend a different app for this purpose (not even sure if there is one), as it's a favourite on here, is light on resources and most definitely malware free.

    http://gfx.io/

    Fan wise there are a few choices. SMC Fan Control is fairly simple and straight forward, if you want more details than iStat.
     
  3. Ploki macrumors 68000

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  4. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh okay thanks. I knew that the gfxCardStatus thing existed but I just forgot what it was called. I'm assuming it's safe to download and install?

    Also, which would you recommend as far as fan control? I'm no hardcore fan person, I'm mainly just looking for one that will allow me to monitor the basics such as RPM, my computers temperature (so I can see if it's getting hotter or cooler), and occasionally set the fan speed if I must.

    SMC Fan Control is the only one I've previously heard of, so I'm most likely to go with that.

    EDIT: Should I put gfcCardStatus in Applications or in Utilities (which is within Applications)?
     
  5. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    I prefer iStat menus. You can add useful things (beside RPM/CPU Temp) such as HDD temp, memory usage, network speed.
    I also have disk activity graph and CPU usage in the menu bar.

    It's also clickable so you get a nifty detailed dropdown menu like all the sensor or detailed disk activity or CPU processes or RAM usage.
    It also has a comprehensive fan control if you need it. Also accessible via the same dropdown on the temps/rpm.
     
  6. Menge macrumors 6502a

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    SMCFanControl is the thing you want. It will even allow you to create presets that throttle the fan more aggressively if you want to.
     
  7. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I was probably going to go with SMC Fan Control anyhow. Do you know where the official place to download it is? I prefer not to download things from 3rd party vendors (i.e. Softonic, etc.), but I'd rather download it from the developer's website.
     
  8. runebinder, Jan 9, 2013
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    runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    SMC Fan control does not give you CPU temps. Edit - Talking nonsense, can't think of why I said this.

    I could be wrong but I think this is the developer's download site: http://www.eidac.de

    Straight in Applications, not Utilities.
     
  9. Rhyalus macrumors 6502

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    SMC fan control does indeed show the CPU temp right next to the fan speed in the menu bar.

    R
     
  10. xShane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Where did you all download your SMC Fan Control from?
     
  11. Rhyalus macrumors 6502

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    Runebinders link is correct. When I select homepage from my smc Info drop down, this is the page it goes to.

    R
     

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