Too much heat on Windows?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ghil, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Ghil macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2009
    I've got a little problem:
    I have the latest iMac 24'', and I wanted to play Warhammer Online. So I popped in Windows 7 and installed it. After 2 hours of play, I noticed the iMac was running really hot (I swear I could almost make eggs on the left side :p)
    so I went back into OSX and checked iStats, and Power Supply 1 was at 69 o_0

    update: I've found Smcfancontrol, wich is pretty nice. so on a related question: overclocking the fans like this, is there any danger? (apart from the airplane sound that is :p)
  2. Courtaj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2008
    Edinburgh, U.K.
    You cook eggs on your machine (you wrote "make eggs" but I assume you're not actually a hen) and you're worried about damaging it by boosting the fans?

    It must have been running pretty hot to get eggs to stick to a vertical surface.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Yes any computer would get hot playing games. Some high powered GPU are 70 C idle and 100 C under load.

    Actually the USDA Recommended Safe Minimum Temperatures for cooking egg = 160 F = 71 C
  4. Ghil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2009
    100 c under load? then I don't have anything to worry about heh? thanks for the info!
  5. capo64 macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2008
    Idk about 100ºC. That's about when the hardware wants to melt :eek: If your GPU gets over 85-90ºC it's about time to shut it off and let it cool down because it could cause damage. 70ºC at full load is OK though.
  6. Arcadie macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2008
  7. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    It'll be fine. I don't know why people bother with SMC Control.

    Sure the case gets really really hot, but it should be able to cope for months on end running at maximum load and giving out maximum heat (as long as there's space for good circulation).

    I also wonder if Apple would turn down any warranty claims if you have been running SMC Control?
  8. uk_blaster macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2005
    Kinda off topic, but not really when looking at the whole picture.

    I just fried (yesterday) my late 2006 20" core 2 duo imac running the original unreal game in win xp.
    I heard a loud pop followed by a very harsh to the nose, burnt smell.

    Needless to say the machine doesn't even power up now. :(

    I actually came on here looking to find info if there was anyone on the net who perhaps buys these dead machines at a fraction of their original cost for parts. I then stumbled upon this thread.


    I have taken the above iMac apart (mainly to get my hard drive out) and found the cause of death to be a blown power supply. FYI..
  9. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    No, although the likelihood is high that the computer still isn't being cooled enough. My iMac is used as a glorified repository of my super secret recipes and also as a glorified TV. I think that's about it's maximum safe range of operations. Since I only unsleep it when I'm in the kitchen and consequently gets used only about an hour a day if that, it's been my only Mac recently not to have an Applecare encounter.

    Problem with Macs is that even in their 'pro' variants they don't actually have enough cooling for more involved use - or Windows, where unless you hunt for generic drivers (and even then not a guarantee) the Windows experience is far from optimum. They are designed first and foremost to fit unobtrusively into homes and not really for people who actually use computers worth a damn. Other manufacturers seem to be able to design things which are only moderately more noisy under idle, but can provide vastly superior cooling under slightly heavier use without it ending up sounding like a turbine.

    If you intend to use it outside of OS X and in gaming use often, I'd make sure you have Applecare to start with,

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