Add Asymmetrical Fan to 2011 MBA 13

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  1. bperrella macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone-

    I just got an open box 2011 128gb 4gb 13 inch MBA from Amazon Warehouse deals for $830... wanted the 2012 model but couldn't pass up this price. I know that the 2012 has the asymmetrical fan that was introduced in the rMBP, and based on the iFixit teardown the new MBA is extremely similar to the 2011.. so my question is does anyone think it's possible to add the asymmetric fan to my 2011? This is the only feature that I really care about in the 2012 vs 2011 model as I'm mostly in clamshell mode so the fan works overtime and it's pretty loud.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hashholly macrumors 6502

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    Probably not
     
  3. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know the answer to that but I have a question if you don't mind. Why are the fans working overtime when you're in clamshell mode? I've never used my MBA like that so I don't know.
     
  5. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

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    I would like to know this too....I got my 2011 MBAir just over a month n half ago....
     
  6. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    The new MBA (2012) has a watered down version of the asymmetrical fan from the new MBP.
     
  7. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    Picture? I have seen the Retina but not the MBA.
     
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  10. bperrella thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not sure exactly why... but id imagine that the heat doesn't dissipate as quickly when the lid is closed (either that or I tend to to more at once when I have a 1080p monitor and full mouse and keyboard)
     
  11. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    The spacing differences on the MBP retina are more... pronounced. Look for it on the iFixit site. They immediately make a note of their previous statement on the MBA13 fan.
     
  12. bperrella thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why don't you think it will work? Does anyone know where to get the part number?
     
  13. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    My fan barely comes on so I'd personally have no need.

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