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tornado99
Jul 28, 2013, 09:11 AM
Hi,

Which 13 inch Macbook Air is better for use in a hot humid climate (~28 degrees celsius) with no air conditioning. I would have thought the i7 might have to throttle back more to avoid overheating therefore giving less speed advantage? Which would give most fan noise?

ps. my current 2008 MBP gives virtually constant fan noise in this climate!



bambooshots
Jul 28, 2013, 10:01 AM
If thermal thermal characteristics are your No. 1 priority, the i5 does run cooler, from what I've gathered after reading all of the reviews I could before buying mine (i7).

ETA: and 28C is not hot at all. I had to look up conversion tables, but I live in Texas where for a solid 6 months of the year it's over 90F (32C in your parlance).

Quit worrying about something as benign as processor type due to climate. Apple, Inc. Says that the normal operating temperature (ambient) is 10C to 35C. Storage is -25C to 45C.

ZBoater
Jul 28, 2013, 03:18 PM
Hi,

Which 13 inch Macbook Air is better for use in a hot humid climate (~28 degrees celsius) with no air conditioning. I would have thought the i7 might have to throttle back more to avoid overheating therefore giving less speed advantage? Which would give most fan noise?

ps. my current 2008 MBP gives virtually constant fan noise in this climate!

82 degrees F? I don't think either will make any difference. The i7 runs hotter than the i5. That is just a fact. If you can do without the performance increase, and you want to run the coolest CPU (which begs the question why since both are designed to run at their respective temperatures), then choose the slower CPU.

AXs
Jul 29, 2013, 01:33 AM
Get the base Air, and use the $300+ to buy an 1800btu air conditioner :D

yensteel
Jul 29, 2013, 02:38 AM
28 degrees is not hot but would definitely be uncomfortable to live in if its paired with high humidity. I would worry more about the humidity than the heat when it comes to electical appliances and computers; They fail much more easily.

I don't think the CPU choice would matter much, and the fan noise would be negligible. It's alright to chose the i7 if you want, it just depends on your preference.

throAU
Jul 29, 2013, 02:42 AM
I run an i7.

I've used it on 45 degree (celsius) days.

Zuxor
Jul 29, 2013, 08:30 AM
25 celsius? That's cold for portuguese people. In the summer we have 35/40 most days ;) Your Mac will be fine.