11" MBA 2012 vs 2013 which one is quieter?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by reddln, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    In my country, for a very brief period of time, I have the opportunity to buy 2012 MBA 11" for $300 less than the 2013 MBA 11" both brand new, unopened.
    The *only* thing I care about is the fan noise, I want to make sure it stays at or below 2000 rpm as long as possible.

    I currently have a MBA 11" (Mid-2011). Under 21C degrees (70F) room temperature it stays at 2000 rpm with Skype audio only and Firefox.

    Normally I would buy the 2012 for 300 less, but if the new Haswell is more silent (with the lower TDP and all) then it's worth for me to pay 300 more.
    I don't care about the storage, battery, ram etc. and I will buy an 11" for sure.
    I will appreciate any insight about those two machines, thanks in advance.
     
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    my 2013 haswell Fan RPM is 1190. but as for 21 degrees, it normally is 28 or 32 as i am typing to you know, i have never ever saw it at 21, you must live somewhere cold? or have Aircon?
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    ha, the irishman telling someone else he lives somewhere cold :p;)
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh, 21 is for the winter, these days it's 25-30 degrees outside, and my fan is more like 2500-3000 rpm. your 1190 is great i've never seen that with 2011 model, thanks for the info..
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    2013s are super quiet and super cool.
     
  6. macrumors 601

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    By the numbers, everything else being equal, the Haswell *should* run *slightly* cooler = fan staying quieter. But I say don't expect miracles. If u push it, the fan will still come on strong.

    Known so far:

    2012 idle = 2,000 rpm
    2013 idle = 1,200 rpm
     
  7. macrumors member

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    I have both in i7 versions. The '13 is a lot quieter for me... Much better machine
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Wife has a 13" 2012. I have an 11" 2013. Zero noise from either so far.
     
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    polee

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    Even when I watch youtube videos on my 11 mba 2013, it is quiet and there is not heat build-up unlike the earlier mbas.
     
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    Not even close..the 2013's are superior. I've yet to hear my fan in my MBA 11". :D
     
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    2013 13" i7 here and after 3 weeks of pretty good use, have yet to hear the fan...
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    Just as noisy when the fan is running, just as quiet when it isn't. But the 2013 runs the fans less.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

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    I have bougth yesterday 13" 2013 and also didnt hear any sound, thought that something wrong lol because my previous laptop was like a tractor
     
  14. macrumors 68030

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    ...spec for spec on each processor the Haswell's should be the quieter machines...
     
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah, with the lower TDP, LPDDR3 etc. with the same chasis and fan and all...
    i thought someone would say "keep your 300 bucks 2012 is just as silent" oh well...
    thanks for all the input, 2013 it is..
     
  16. macrumors member

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    I've been using 13 inch 2013 MBA for the past 3 weeks and I only heard the fan for 10 mins when editing 1080p video. Since then, I've never heard it again. Thought I had a faulty unit but confirmed everything is OK by running a fan speed check app, it was running around 1192 rpm. Since past 3 weeks, watched many youtube, edited many photos, installed and ran tons of apps and finally atm I am installing mavericks starting from beta 1. I am currently installing beta 4 and why I am telling you this; I still don't hear the goddamn fan :) this is an amazing product. I just can't believe it as a former windows notebook user.
     
  17. MoMacFan, Aug 24, 2013
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    Same here:
    Went from a 2011 13" MBA (i5/4GB/256G SSD) to a 2013 13" MBA (i7/8GB/512G SSD) and the new machine is so much more enjoyable for me. I use it at work and have to run a full Windows 7 with Parallels and it not only now lasts the whole working day on battery, but so far I have not been exposed to any noticeable fan noise - quite the contradiction to my 2011 model that regularly made a lot of noise (and I tried a lot to cut it down).
    But sorry, I can not comment on how a 2012 MBA would compare...
     
  18. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I bought the 11" 2013. I don't know about 2012 but this is not even in the same league with the 2011, highly recommended. Thanks again for all the help..

    Edit: MagSafe 2 is stupid though; L-shaped are much better..
     

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