Long story short - I just bought a new Mac Book Pro.
Before I checked out with some colleagues high how much strain Pro Tools and Logic was putting on their Mac Books to get an idea of how things would be running. Both told me that they can run quite intensive sessions without really hearing the fan much. (I have another post on the subject).
Aften migrating to Mac and upon having updated to 8.5 I noticed it wasn’t the case with me. Fans kicked in earlier than expected.
So today I installed Pro Tools 11 trial.
Setup a project that used roughly 50 % CPU in PT - showing about 175 % in activity monitor. Very light fan activity.
Loaded a project in Cubase with about the same CPU usage = much higher fan activity.
I then noticed than Cubase triggers the high performance discrete graphics while Pro Tools doesn’t.
That definitely explains the higher fan activity.
Question is: why does Cubase, an audio programme, use the high performance graphics card - creating more heat and consuming more power than it needs to??? Anybody from Steinberg development care to chime in?