CPU overload when playing Neverwinter Nights

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  1. triballistic

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    I'm playing Neverwinter Nights (the first one) on my 2.0 GHz Aluminum Unibody MacBook.

    I haven't done any upgrades on my RAM and HDD but I do believe that it's more than enough to run the game without heating up. Gameplay doesn't lag but, God, after a few minutes of playing the fans kick like I'm running Crysis or something.

    I'm wondering if there's an option to enable CPU throttling in NWN. A certain update in StarCraft made it possible to do that so my MB doesn't get too hyped up when I play StarCraft.

    Any suggestions? I tried setting the resolution and graphics to the lowest possible options but it still heats up.
     
  2. PatrickGaerlan

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    Are you playing with the MB on your lap?
     
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    No, it's on a table.
     
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    I believe NWN is not Intel native thus it has to run on PowerPC emulation making your Intel Mac work harder.
     
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    Ooh a PPC native game. Is this nice?
     
  6. PatrickGaerlan

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    @triballistic, don't worry about it too much. It's normal for the MB to heat up when playing games (same thing happens to my MBP), especially since it's not native Intel code, as Salaryman Ryan pointed out. As long as your MB isn't shutting down unexpectedly because of the heat, it should be okay.

    @dakilang_waiter, it's a pretty good game -- Gamespot.com: Neverwinter Nights (PC)
     
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    To add to Patrick about heat issues, I had my Late-2007 White MacBook run just about 24/7 for nearly 3 weeks encoding videos with HandBrake. For the entire time the CPU temp was at 90C and the fans were running at 6200rpm.

    I wouldn't recommend you doing this (running it for as long as I did), but if my WhiteBook can handle the heat for 18 days no problem, I think your MacBook Al can handle an hour or two of gaming.
     
  8. triballistic

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    Ah, that's nice to know. Thanks for all your input. :D
     

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