Should I use fan control while folding@home?

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  1. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

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    Hello all, I have a question if I may. I have recently gotten into distributed computing. What I am wondering is whether or not I should get a fan control program to keep my computer cooler, or should I just let apple do it's thing?
     
  2. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    The system is more than capable of keeping the computer cool. If you play any video games, do anything with iMovie, or watch Flash videos, they'll make your computer warmer than internet-based distributed computing will.

    If the computer needed manual fan control, it would be part of the system as the computer would overheat otherwise.
     
  3. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    O ok. I was just wondering because my computer gets very warm and stays very warm when I do it. So I was just trying to make sure that I wasn't gonna cook the poor thing haha
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Install iStat Pro to get accurate readings of your temps, among other things

    Your temps are most likely perfectly normal, as searching the forum with MRoogle will reveal:

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    You can't "cook" it, because your Mac will automatically shut down if it gets too hot.
     
  5. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well it's definitely good to know that it will shut down before I murdalize it :p I know I should probably just search for this before I ask, but I'm already here, so I figured why not :p what are safe temperatures for the HDD to get to? I've heard that takes a lot less of a heat beating than the CPU will
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Unless a drive is defective, you never have to worry about HDD temps. Your GPU and CPU are the big heat generators.
     
  7. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok thanks I really appreciate it. I've just heard that it's not good for HDD to get over 125 F so I was just wondering if that was true or not. Thanks :)
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not true. I'm not even using mine at the moment and it's at 105F. It gets much hotter than 125F with zero problems.
     
  9. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well then I guess what I've heard is false :p thanks for all of your help :)
     
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  11. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No actually, I'm not yet. I just got into folding recently. I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't muff up my computer before I got into it. I didn't want my system to overheat or damage components from being overworked and such haha :p There's a MacRumors folding team? That's flippin sweet :) haha
     
  12. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I just joined the team. I am currently computing for SETI :) I find it to be a little more interesting than folding protein. So I decided to help out SETI instead haha :)
     

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