So I've googled around a bit and seen many forum posts and discussions about the Unibody MBPs overheating in Windows (via Boot Camp), but the posts seem to be less severe than the problems I'm having.
After 30 minutes (on a good day I might get an hour) of playing current games such as L4D, TF2, etc. the system auto-shuts down to prevent internal problems thanks to overheating. Most of the forum posts I saw were people complaining of the heat that is generated just by normal use of the computer (not games).
The only workaround I've found is to undervolt the thing pretty heavily. Currently using RMClock to test FIDs and VIDs that will give me the most power while keeping the system temperature down. Using CPUID (CPU-Z or whatever else it's called) and Core Temp to monitor temperatures. Doing stress testing and error checking with Prime95 to make sure I have a decently stable undervolted machine.
My problem with all of this is that in the end, the safest environment to be running games is at like 1.97GHz CPU speeds. It's a 2.8GHz processor, though, so I feel like I'm getting shitcanned here.
If you reply with lol get a real computer you can shove off. Macs are great in OSX, this seems to be a Boot Camp problem. I've been toying with getting Sims 3 and running it in OSX so I can try to recreate the overheating problem, because at that point Apple will actually help me with a warranty repair. That's long term.
So basically what it comes down to is this:
Has anyone smarter, better, faster, and stronger than me checked out all of the various FIDs and VIDs for Unibody MBPros so I can skip the Prime95 checking and VID testing?
I agree that undervolting is a temporary fix, but until Apple agrees that a Boot Camp fix needs to happen or a hardware change is warranted, I'd rather be playing TF2 and L4D.
Alternatively, would the fact that it's crashing due to overheat help me get an Apple warranty repair since it's somewhat more violent overheating than others seem to be reporting?
I don't know what sorts of answers I expect with this thread; I just don't know many others who seem to be suffering from this problem (i guess since i don't personally know many other unibody mbpro boot campers)
oh, additionally, I have used Win XP 32-bit, Vista 32-bit, and 7 64-bit. All three OSes seem to suffer the same problems with this overheating issue I'm having. Currently using that smc fan control utility to ramp the fan speeds up to 6000rpm before booting into windows.