MacBook Airs - Have they got quieter?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by johnhackworth, May 31, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011

    I have a 2011 i7 13" MacBook Air. The only serious issue with it (for me) is that it gets very noisy as soon as the CPU becomes moderately active.

    Are the 2013 models (both 11" and 13") significantly quieter as my 2011 MBA is quite distracting to listen too?

    Best Regards,

  2. macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2007
    Just FYI, the current models were released June, 2012. One of the changes were to asymmetric fans (these fans were introduced as a new feature on the 2012 MBAs and rMBPs) that supposedly makes things quieter.

    I haven't heard the fans yet on my 2012 11" MBA, but I mostly do coding with associated web lookups and pdf viewing (i.e. not a heavy load except for short bursts of compiling and running iOS emulator).
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    Both my 2011 and my 2012 are quiet as the proverbial tomb. You may want ot have yours checked out.
  4. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    2013 not yet available.

    If the 2011 still working for you otherwise and you are not afraid, can always attempt a heatsink re-paste see if it makes a difference, and while you are in there give it a new, well-lubricated fan.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I have a late 2011 13" MBA with the i5 CPU. The noisy fans will kick in with extreme activity, but for the kind of stuff I typically do that isn't very often. Recording in Logic Pro for an extended period can cause it to happen. Almost never happens while using Photoshop, Vectorworks, FileMaker, iTunes, Safari, Office, etc.

    But I think it's pretty sensitive to ambient room temperature. If the room is warmer than, say, 75 degrees F (24c), the fans will kick into high much more often. If the room temperature is 68f (20c) the fans almost never kick in.
  6. macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I have the current model and I only hear the fan really kick in when I'm using FCPX or playing some game.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2003
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    When I play heavy Steam games

    or watch high quality videos on battery power for a long time then I hear the fans

    Otherwise never at all (late 2012 MBA)
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    my 2012 11" is silent. didnt think it had a fan at all at first
  10. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    My 13" Mid 2012 MBA is a fine machine.

    Fully maxed out its fast fun & quiet. I can't ask for more than that.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    I bought a 2012 MBA in July. I've heard the fan exactly once: when upgrading from Lion to Mountain Lion.
  12. macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    My 11 inch Air (mid 2011) is the quietest computer I've ever owned… OP You might want to spray some compressed air on the keyboard and on the back vent to get any debris away from the fans etc. This might make it a lot quieter ;)

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