Heat issues with i7's? Tested at the apple store today.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SpiffyChee, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    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.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Did you try a website that heavily uses flash?
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    The only thing you should try is to do video chatting on SKYPE
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    I could get my 11" i7 to heat up to around 95-98(CPU) and have the fans spinning past 5000rpm.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    but how hot did it feel to the touch?
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Hot but not burning.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

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    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...
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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

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    is that 95-98C or F? Also what were you doing? SKYPE? How is it with just flash and other things(just apps)
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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

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    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.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  13. macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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

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    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
     
  16. macrumors 65816

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    Yes it is. I mainly use it on my desk. It's pretty warm along the top function keys by the hinge.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Try a flash site like the one I mentioned above. I was getting 95-98C on iStat. BTW, idle temp is low 40s.
     
  18. macrumors 65816

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    factor 100000000 in the calculator to peg the CPU
     

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