OS X Will running games in Bootcamp be more efficient?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by robertpovall, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. robertpovall macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2014
    Hello this is a question I'm sure has been asked 1000x before but I have a very specific question that needs a specific answer.

    Ok so I have a MB Air 2013 (yes please don't tell me about the specs, I find it runs games fine).

    My question is:

    Currently I'm running only one game (my fave game haha) LotR: Battle for Middle Earth 2 in Crossover and although it is very playable, the CPU temperatures go very high (90 degrees+) and the fan is at 6500RPM pretty much throughout the game at high temperatures and around 5000 for middle-lower settings.

    Simply: is this extra temperature and fan usage coming from using Crossover (it's a 9 year old game.....) and if so, would running it in Bootcamp instead drastically change this? Or would it be the same and therefore it wouldn't be worth doing a Bootcamp partition if I'd only be doing it for this one game. Idk if emulation is making it more complicated than it should be.

    Bonus question: I'm running L4D2 in Mac native. I've heard stories of running it in Bootcamp instead being better. basically same question would CPU heat/fan usage be less if in bootcamp?

    PS I don't mean to be pessimistic but please don't be rude about my laptop. I love my Air and think the performance is fantastic. I'm aware I didn't buy it to be hardcore gaming - I'm just asking this tech question and want a tech answer :)

    Thank you!
  2. bry223 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2004
    Unfortunately yes, I say that because there should be no reason for any of us to have to switch to windows to play the same game that's on a mac, but because Apple refuses to update most of its ancient graphic drivers (The Nvidia ones especially), we pay the price.
  3. robertpovall thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2014
    Thank you for your speedy reply!

    So you can confirm to me that running games in Bootcamp would have lower CPU temperatures...?

    Also other people who want to reply, please do. I really want lots of different opinions/experiences.
  4. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    For what its worth, my Mac Pro actually runs warmer under Windows.

    I suspect your Air will run almost as hot under Windows although the CPU load may not be as much.
  5. Washac, Feb 23, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2014

    Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    When I use Bootcamp my Mac Pro fans always ramp up, then again a bit more once I start playing games.
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Either way the game should be maxing your CPU and GPU which is what causes heat.
  7. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009

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