Playing WoW On High RPM With SmcFanControl

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Finox831, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Finox831 macrumors member

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    I'm on a 13" 2010 MBP and I decided to install SmcFanControl so I can be able to play WoW (overheated my Mac without it). My question is I'm playing WoW around 5 hours a day on a 5900 RPM, could this overtime have any damage affect on my MBP?

    -thanks in advance.
     
  2. frega macrumors member

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    5900 RPM? sheesh. I dont think you need to to be maxed. Around 1400 - 2000 is fine.

    It won't damage your MBP but spinning at max rpm will prolly decrease the fan's lifespan.
     
  3. Collected macrumors regular

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    Have you tried to cap the frame rate? console set max_fps 50

    Not sure WoW should be overheating macs tho. Is that normal?
     
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    2000 rpm is standard fan speed.

    I bump mine to 4000 rpm.

    The MBP screen 60hz, so either maxfps 60 or 30. 50 won't be smoother than 30 and will use more GPU power
     
  5. Finox831 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I was messing with it, and I read somewhere that the Mac fahrenheit should be around 150~ so only when @ 5900 RPM it will stay around there. Also, my keys would get hot to the point were It would burn my fingers when playing so that's another reason why I'm playing @ 5900 RPM.
     
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  7. Finox831 thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, all the time:]


    Also, I just lowered my RPM to around 5k~ and my fahrenheit is sitting @ 160 which is also around 70+C
     
  8. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    My 2010 15" gets to around 210F the first minute or so of launching WOW, as the fans are slow to ramp up. I assume that's a Apple preference, a really high temp threshold before speeding up the RPM. Then after a few minutes, it's maxed and temp's usually around 170F. Without knowing what the safe operating temp is for the Intel i7, I'm not terribly comfortable with the CPU hitting 200+F even for that brief minute or two, so lately I've just manually maxed the fan in iStat Menus prior to launching WOW. I'm tempted to not do this though. It's a nuisance, and if Apple programmed the fans to operate this way, surely it should be safe for the system. (I hope.) At least I know that my system isn't an anomaly; other 2010 MBP owners report their fans only ramping up when the CPU is around the 190s F (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=908210). In fact, after skimming that thread again just now, maybe I'll just leave the fan alone.

    I may decide to cap fps at 60. Do I enter "/console maxfps 60" in the chat window or is there a console window like in FPSes where you normally hit "`" to bring it up?

    And should I wish to remove the frame rate cap, why do I type in? Thanks.
     
  9. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    70°C is nothing, mine goes 80°C++ when gaming
     
  10. Finox831 thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, thing is when mine goes to 80C my keys will start burning my fingers from how hot my MAC is getting, making gaming impossible.
     
  11. doh123 macrumors 65816

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    you have overly sensitive fingers... I have an older Macbook Pro that can hit 95 to 100º C and the keyboard is never hot enough to notice.

    My MBP 13" 2010 though maxes out at about 80º C when I'm pushing it really hard, and even then the keys are never hot.
     
  12. Venkman90 macrumors regular

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    Get a stand and an external keyboard.

    Keeps your mac cooler and makes it much more comfortable (better viewing angle for your neck too).
     
  13. Justin Lee macrumors member

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    This is definitely the way to sort this. Cap the frame rate to say 30, 40 or 50 fps and then set the fans to do their own thing.

    I played WOW on my macbook pro for months, with the fans blowing at full whack. I kicked myself when I found out about limiting the frame rate and the fans only idled.

    The game was more than playable!
     
  14. Finox831 thread starter macrumors member

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    My frame rate has been capped at 30, and the thing is I tried doing this a week ago and what ended up happening was my computer would start to freeze for 30~ sec and unfreeze for 5-10sec then just freeze up again so I had to format the mac and I read about the problem and that's when people were saying my mac was over heating and so to get SmcFanControl, it's been fine ever since I'm just afraid I may be wearing out the fans.

    Can you recommend me a decent stand? would really appreciate it.


    Also, do you guys thinking getting a cooling mat will help?

    -thanks in advance
     
  15. Smalss macrumors member

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    Can someone post their temps on a 13" with the frame rates capped at 60 and/or 30?
    Cheers.
     
  16. Finox831 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm on a 13" MBP with frames capped @ 30, and the fahrenheit stays below 150 but that's also with 5k~ RPM
     

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