A few questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jess77, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Jess77 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2012
    Hi, so I have a 2010 13" ultimate (2.13, 4gb, 256gb) and was just wondering if it's normal for the temperature to be around 200 degrees? I use iStat Menus and the temperature always hovers between 180-200 degrees even when I just have Chrome or Safari open. I have the flash block extension for both. I don't know if this due to my attempt at using Handbrake to rip some DVDs to my MBA a few months ago...but ever since then, my laptop has remained hot. I only ripped two DVDs since each DVD took around 5-6 hrs, which I know I should expect considering you probably shouldn't rip a DVD on a MBA. Also, now whenever I watch a YouTube vid (either in Safari or Chrome), it stutters badly and the kernel task takes up over 100% of the memory. Is there something I can do about that? I've been using the HTML5 player.

    And finally, I'm thinking of upgrading to a 2013 MBA. If I remember correctly, I read some people saying that that the read/write speeds were vastly different between 128gb and 256gb models? Is that really true?

    Thanks in advance for the help!
  2. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2007
    That seems very high to me. I would think at that temp you would be getting burned. Our MBP usually hangs around 100-120F. And at 120 the bottom starts to get warm. Perhaps the sensor is incorrect?

    We just got the MBA, and I haven't done anything with it yet as it is a gift I am hiding from the wife currently. But the little I have done with it as far as updates installing some software it wasn't warm at all. But don't have iStat installed yet.

    As far as I am aware both all the SSDs on the 2013s are faster as they use a PCIe interface instead of SATA which supposedly gives around 40% increase in speed.

    If there are differences with the sizes I am sure someone would know that, but I am not aware of any... yet.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Give this thread a look. The 128GB has about half the write speed as the 256GB about the same read speeds. Honestly though, unless you are doing something that involves very heavy sustained disk writes, you won't notice the difference.
  4. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Bigger is usually faster for SSD's. Either will blow your 2010 away - you're looking at the difference between 'reallly fast' and 'really really fast'.
  5. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2007
    Interesting, I had no idea. Thanks for the Info.
  6. Jess77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2012
    I was wondering if my logic board or something was going again...I've had my logic replaced twice...and the second time they ended up not giving me back the correct laptop...the serial numbers were screwed up. This MBA has had issues from the beginning, partially why I want to upgrade.

    Thanks to all three of you for your help! I think I'm going to stick with the 128gb ssd. I'm a doctoral student and keep things in multiple places as is but mostly Dropbox. Thanks again!

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