Windowed vs. Fullscreen Gaming and Heat production.

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Prime85, May 19, 2012.

  1. Prime85 macrumors 6502a

    Prime85

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    I was wondering why my computer puts off more heat when the game is in fullscreen then in a windowed screen.

    For example when playing Skyrim Cider in fullscreen my temp is between 90-100 degrees and fans are at max.

    When playing Skyrim in Windowed my temp fluctuates between 75-80 degrees with fans staying around 4400.

    Just curious the reason for this if anyone knows.
     
  2. doh123 macrumors 65816

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    I assume your using full native res then.

    With Skyrim in a window mine gets hotter,,, but there is a lot going on and its kicked back up to 1920x1200... when its fullscreen I only have it going 1280x800, so the GPU is worked less and it gets cooler. If your maxing out skyrim at a really high resolution, its just pushing your machine really hard, and when you knock it a bit smaller, it cools a bit... but it shouldn't cool that much unless when your going to a window you don't have Skyrim as the front app anymore and its in the background, then it'll cool off a lot.
     
  3. Prime85 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Prime85

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    When i have it in full screen i have it at 1680X1050 which is my full native res. So your saying that if i lower the res then i should be able to run it cooler in full screen? i do notice that it runs cooler in windowed for me but it has a slight lag every so often, compared to being flawless in fullscreen.

    Lag is not bad enough to take away from gameplay, barely noticeable but it is there.
     
  4. atarria macrumors member

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    fan control

    usmcFanControl.app

    If you do not already have it you may want to get this free utility to help cool your machine while you game.
     
  5. doh123 macrumors 65816

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    I'm just saying.. the harder you push your machine, the hotter it gets.... so yes, turning down graphics options, and resolution (which puts a TON of work on the GPU) will make the machine need to do less work, and produce less heat.
     

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