Average MBA 2012 Temps

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by vdinc, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. vdinc macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    I was just wondering what peoples average temps are. For me watching a stream on twitch.tv I go up to about 95 then the fan kicks in and drops it down to 70. If I'm not streaming it stays around 60 without the fan.
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Celsius, I assume? If so, those numbers appear about right.
  3. vdinc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
  4. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    Mine is 59c right now.

    It's usually 50 - 60c on when browsing web. 45 - 48c when idle. 70 - 105c when gaming (depends on the fan).
  5. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    My numbers are similar to those of RocketRed. About 48 when idle. 50-60 under light routine use. So far my heavier use only boosts into the 80's but I haven't tried very heavy stuff like gaming or encoding video yet.
  6. Mikkel.kg macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    Good information here. Could you also list which processor you have i5 or i7 and if you have the 11' or 13''?
  7. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    2012 - 13'' with i7 (8GB RAM)
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's normal. The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C (221F), GPU Tjmax = 100C (212F) on i3, i5, i7 processors. (Source: Intel) If you're not already using it, iStat Pro will give you accurate readings of your temps and fan speeds, among other things.

    Unless there is a rare defect in a Mac, most temps are well within the normal operating range, considering the workload being put on it. Websites with Flash content, games and other multimedia apps will put higher demand on the CPU/GPU, generating more heat. This is normal. If you're constantly putting high demands on your system, such as gaming or other multimedia tasks, expect temps to rise and fans to spin up accordingly. It's just your Mac doing its job to maintain temps within the normal range.

    It is also quite normal for your Mac to become extremely hot to the touch during intensive operations. The aluminum body transfers heat more effectively than other materials used in computer casings, so you will feel the heat more. This doesn't indicate that it's overheating and will not harm the computer to be hot to the touch.

    Your fans are always on when your Mac is on, spinning at a minimum of 2000 rpm (for MBPs) or 1800 rpm (for MBAs, MBs and minis). iMacs have 3 fans with minimum speeds in the 800-1200 range. They will spin faster as needed to keep temps at a safe level. If they're spinning up without increased heat, try resetting the SMC. (PRAM/NVRAM has nothing to do with these issues, so resetting it will not help.)

    The intake and exhaust vents are in the back of the computer near the hinge on all Mac notebooks (except the new MBP with retina display, which has intake vents along the sides at the bottom). The iMac vent is a slot on the back near the top of the computer. Make sure the vents remain unblocked to allow your computer to perform at its best.

    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    Apple Portables: Operating temperature

    For Flash-related issues:
  9. pressplay, Jul 5, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2012

    pressplay macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2011
    I have a 2012 13" MBA (1.8 GHz i5, 4 GB) and it hit 103 C just minutes ago. Here's a recording of the temp over time: http://i.imgur.com/tG80y.png. I was encoding video and it was around 100 C for 20-30 seconds I think. I really can't tell for sure because I started to flip out. From what you've all said, I'm feeling a little better but this just happened so I need a drink lol.

    Freaking Out
  10. spriter macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2004
    I usually do pretty easy-on-the-CPU stuff line email, surfing and Office. But I do get up to 95C-100C during Modern Warfare 3.
  11. pressplay macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2011
    What kind of MB do you have, and how long have you had it? And just to be sure, when you play, you play for more than say 10 minutes at a time right?

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