Play games from USB pen drive / external drive

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Macintosh1984, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. Macintosh1984 macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    There are advantages to play games from USB pen drive / external hard drive instead of internal HD?

    I have an iMac 27 Late in 2012 with fusion drive.

    I refer to the internal components temperature and fans.
     
  2. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000

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    Your Mac was made to be used. I see no reason to offload anything to an external device unless there is some clear benefit such as more storage is needed and this provides it, faster performance is desired and some external device provides it, etc. Otherwise, I would encourage you to not worry about it and just enjoy using the computer you paid good money for.
     
  3. EdwardSmith36 macrumors regular

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    yeah, even I agree with harry! Why would we use external device when we have paid a lot for our personal computer. It doesn't sounds smart!!
     
  4. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    We must admit that our Macs are beautiful and functional, but also delicates about eat dissipation compared to other PCs, so I wanted to see if there is any solution for getting stressed less.
     
  5. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    Apple hardware (just like other PC hardware) has features to avoid over temperature issues causing hardware failure. Every Mac is different but we have almost every iMac model possible at Feral and most of them spend their days at over 80% CPU usage due to game testing or development and I can't think of a single hardware failure directly related to heat issues. In fact hardware failure is amazingly rare.

    I'm not saying you should red line the temperatures but I would not be too worried about shorter gaming sessions, we run games on all our hardware for at least 8 hours a day all year without a break :)
     
  6. EdwardSmith36 macrumors regular

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    Stressed less as in what? can you please elaborate your question?
     
  7. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    I am pretty sure he means running cooler temps inside the Chassis/HDD/GPU/CPU, iMac's tend to run hotter compared to a well setup gaming Windows tower especially under high load when gaming.
     
  8. Macintosh1984 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks edddeduck, after your words, I'm more calm!

    @EdwardSmith36: edddeduck understood what I meant.
     
  9. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    You can certainly install programs and games on an external drive if you want (and Steam makes it very easy to do this), but make sure it is a traditional hard drive or solid state disk (SSD). Standard USB thumb drives use memory chips that are not deigned for the rigorous read/write cycles that would come from running programs on them.
     

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