Max battery usage on MacOS
Aug 26 2020 | 3:08 pm
Hi everyone. I've noticed before that having the Max application opened, even with no patch loaded was having a significant effect on my 2018 15" MacBook Pro's battery life.
Checking the Energy tab of Activity Monitor, I've noticed that:
- When initially opened, with no patches loaded Max doesn't report the use of the High-Performance (discrete) GPU and, when using only MIDI/MSP or even Jitter matrices (CPU), the configuration is maintained. Nice.
- As soon as a patch incuding Jitter/OpenGL objects is loaded, Activity Monitor reports that Max is using the high-performance (discrete) GPU. Great!
- After closing the Jitter/OpenGL patch, Max maintains the high-performance GPU flag indefinitely, even if subsequent opened patches don't make any use of OpenGL resources, or even if there are no patches loaded. Only quitting and restarting Max returns it to the initial configuration.
Is there anything that can be done towards this problem? Besides having an adverse effect on battery autonomy, the MacBook Pro gets hotter, the fans may start spinning louder and sooner, and the computer component's life may be decreased.
As anyone noticed it before? Thanks in advance.