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SpiffyChee
Jul 22, 2011, 08:02 PM
So I went to the apple store today and did just about as much as I could to get the new 13" i7 air to heat up and I couldn't do it. (Regarding the fan noise, I was in a loud apple store so I couldn't test this).

This may be a super simple and lame test, but I opened every app on the dock, I then left them all open while playing 3 separate 1080p videos on youtube and copying the 10 gig itunes library multiple times to the desktop.

I did this for about 20 minutes. I checked with my hand along all the regions of the laptop and it never ever got even close to getting "hot". I could have kept my hand on it for hours without feeling any discomfort

I also did this with the 11" i5 air and it also never got beyond warm.

Sadly this apple store didnt have the 11" i7's on display WHICH I SO BADLY WANTED TO TEST.... :(

I would very much like to hear from any 11" i7 users about how warm the aluminum gets. Please give insight if you have used an 11" ultimate.



AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 08:08 PM
Did you try a website that heavily uses flash?

ccsicecoke
Jul 22, 2011, 08:16 PM
The only thing you should try is to do video chatting on SKYPE

AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 08:19 PM
I could get my 11" i7 to heat up to around 95-98(CPU) and have the fans spinning past 5000rpm.

SpiffyChee
Jul 22, 2011, 08:27 PM
I could get my 11" i7 to heat up to around 95-98(CPU) and have the fans spinning past 5000rpm.

but how hot did it feel to the touch?

AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 08:30 PM
but how hot did it feel to the touch?

Hot but not burning.

SpiffyChee
Jul 22, 2011, 08:32 PM
Hot but not burning.
the entire bottom side? Is it uncomfortable on your lap for like an hour?

and lol you should touch my workstation dell precision m4400 with a 3ghz core 2 duo. I've never been able to have it on my lap for more than 3 minutes before it hurts...

AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 08:34 PM
the entire bottom side? Is it uncomfortable on your lap for like an hour?

and lol you should touch my workstation dell precision m4400 with a 3ghz core 2 duo. I've never been able to have it on my lap for more than 3 minutes before it hurts...

The back end. It would probably be fine on my lap, not comfortably though.

Scuba629
Jul 22, 2011, 08:37 PM
I could get my 11" i7 to heat up to around 95-98(CPU) and have the fans spinning past 5000rpm.

is that 95-98C or F? Also what were you doing? SKYPE? How is it with just flash and other things(just apps)

AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 08:39 PM
is that 95-98C or F? Also what were you doing? SKYPE? How is it with just flash and other things(just apps)

Celsius. I had Chrome, iChat, Mail. I was on youj!zz's homepage to test :p

Scuba629
Jul 22, 2011, 08:42 PM
Celsius. I had Chrome, iChat, Mail. I was on youj!zz's homepage to test :p

Guessing thats normal apps and flash. Seems hot to me. :(

guessing 60C was coming though if the cpu was that hot. Thats still 140F which is pretty bad for general use.

AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 08:46 PM
Can someone with an 11" i5 do the "test" I did. Let it run for 5-10 mins and see what temps you get. I used iStat Menus.

Apple Expert
Jul 22, 2011, 08:58 PM
I can get my i7 pretty warm just by using iPhoto, iTunes, safari and mail. Temp would be like 165 with 4500 rpm. Not too happy about that. I'm thinking go with i5 since I'll probably upgrade next refresh anyways.

Scuba629
Jul 22, 2011, 09:02 PM
I can get my i7 pretty warm just by using iPhoto, iTunes, safari and mail. Temp would be like 165 with 4500 rpm. Not too happy about that. I'm thinking go with i5 since I'll probably upgrade next refresh anyways.

70C is pretty high. Guessing thats CPU temp? Able to keep it on your lap?

bjet767
Jul 22, 2011, 09:03 PM
I have a late 2010 MBA 11" 1.6 4Gig 121 Gig drive.
Lion OSX

10 min
Running Quick time movie
You tube video in Firefox
Blue Tooth mouse (Apple).

CPU use 25%
Temp 60c
Fan 2000 rpm

Not much stress.

As soon as I shut down quick time and you tube
CPU use 7%

All with iStat

Apple Expert
Jul 22, 2011, 09:05 PM
70C is pretty high. Guessing thats CPU temp? Able to keep it on your lap?

Yes it is. I mainly use it on my desk. It's pretty warm along the top function keys by the hinge.

AbeFroman77
Jul 22, 2011, 09:32 PM
Try a flash site like the one I mentioned above. I was getting 95-98C on iStat. BTW, idle temp is low 40s.

Gemütlichkeit
Jul 22, 2011, 09:33 PM
factor 100000000 in the calculator to peg the CPU