SMC Fan Control cure for NVIDIA card?

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  1. II AndyG33 II macrumors regular

    II AndyG33 II

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    So since hp and other companies released a patch to keep their computer's from dying
    which made the fans always be on
    what if we used SMC fan control and gave it a minimum speed to keep our vid cards safe...

    Whats a good minimum rpm to keep it at????
    to make sure the vid card stays safe
     
  2. Riemann Zeta macrumors 6502a

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    I sure as hell use it. My fan speed is a steady 3500rpm. Better safe than sorry, I figure, considering that the GPU can overheat and fail at any moment.
     
  3. II AndyG33 II thread starter macrumors regular

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    what does ur gpu temp idle at?
    and is that temp safe?
     
  4. ajhaji macrumors regular

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    You're only postponing the inevitable by cranking up the fans. I'd prefer to have the GPU fail while the laptop is still under warranty, than keeping it alive until the day after my warranty expires and then having to shell out big bucks to get it fixed.
     
  5. II AndyG33 II thread starter macrumors regular

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    How much longer than 3 years is the computer actually gonna last anyways
    i've had my dell dump for a year and its already dieing
     
  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well I leave my fans at default and I use the GPU every day, and so far it's been great.
     
  7. TheVendor macrumors member

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    Well, that's probably because your Dell used lower-quality parts than Apple would in their computers.
     
  8. II AndyG33 II thread starter macrumors regular

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    not gonna argue w/ that
     
  9. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    No computer new should fail after a year, regardless of what you paid for it.
     
  10. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

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    Either way, in your position I'd argue with Dell. A new computer absolutely shouldn't be falling apart after a year. It might be 'not what you wanted' or 'a bit slow for what I'm doing now' but it should fundamentally "work" for 2 or 3 years at least.
     
  11. II AndyG33 II thread starter macrumors regular

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    haha it "works"
    but...
    the RAM does absolutely nothing...
    the hardrive is always spinning
    im out of hdd
    the screen has gone way dim
    the case is cracked
    single core 1.6
    and an onboard vid card

    i payed $450
    b4 i cared about comptuers :]
     
  12. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    lol u still have more ram than me!
     
  14. scott85213 macrumors member

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    I had my fans running at max speed 24/7 and my card still died.
     
  15. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Damn that must have been loud.
     
  16. mike12806 macrumors 6502

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    What about when your fan's die? And then you have no recourse because you chose to run them at a higher RPM than Apple wanted them to run at? It's one thing if your GPU fails under no fault of your own, but if your fan's die because you increased their speed, I don't think that would ever be covered. :rolleyes:
     
  17. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Here we go again, the belief the PWM fans are meant to be run at a lowered speed all the time.......

    The fans will last 50,000-60,000 hours at full power. That means somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 YEARS, and that is assuming you have them at 6000RPM all the time, and NEVER shut off or sleep the laptop during that time. Why will they last that long? Because that is the lifespan of computer fans. It hasn't changed much since the days when all computer fans ran at full speed all the time, since they ran straight off the battery/power supply.
     
  18. MoeOz macrumors member

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    I have a 2.2 MBP purchased on 11.10.07 being running ok till a month ago (10 month's) the GPU gave me a couple of acts then i noticed its idle @ 70c almost all the time with normal usage (safari-itunes-etc ,,) ,so i've been using SMC since then with minimum 4000 RPM fan span all the time & GPU idle @ 55 with no more acts , so after all im feeling better this way even if its not really helping .
     
  19. anirban macrumors 6502a

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    My fans idle at 2000RPM
    The GPU Diode sticks around 60 degrees C. This is when I am not doing any GPU intensive task.
     
  20. mox123 macrumors 6502

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    i keep my running at 2500rpm....no appreciable increase in fan noise...and my GPU is usually between 53F-55F doing normal tasks like surfing the web and checking emails...
     
  21. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Well said :)

    The beige G3 I've got has had its PSU on for probably six years total operating time, and it's quite all right.

    People worry about the most ridiculous things.
     

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