boosting macbook air speed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by zukin2956, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. zukin2956 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2009
    have a mid 2012 macbook air 4 gb ram, 1.8 i5 processor, 240 gb ssd.
    is the any way of increasing the processor speed? I know the ram can not be upgraded it is soldered in. I have seen people with similar macbook airs with boosted speed how is this done?
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    They may change a new motherboard, I guess.
    I don't even tear down a MacBook Air.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    The CPU is soldered onto the Logic Board. The other MacBooks which you mentioned are 'BTO' (build to order) models, where they have better processors soldered in. Obviously these were more expensive on purchase.

    If you go to select a MacBook Air for purchase, you can see that they have different processors which you can choose.
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Why do you need more speed? I think the best way boost your speed would be to sell the 2012 i5 MBA and get a new i7 MBA. You could get a faster processor, 8gb RAM, faster wifi and a faster SSD and much better battery life without the risk of damaging your 2012 machine with a questionable upgrade.
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Then you should ASK THEM how, cuz I have no idea, other than don't open that many apps at once, notice which apps are resource hogs, pay attention to you Activity Monitor etc.
  6. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    Often it is from upgrading in place to newer OS, that and 3rd party software that is hogging resources and causing sluggish or poor performance. In which case run and post output from Etrecheck can help us and you get to the nature of the problem possibly - then doing a clean install after full backup(s) can help as well... before you do sell and buy newer hardware - with faster PCIe-SSD, RAM, and while a newer processor can be more efficient, it may not cure and may run warmer.
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    That's certainly possible. However my 2013 i7 MBA runs much cooler than my 2011 i5 MBA did. :) I believe Apple made a big change in processors in 2013, and that is why the battery life improved substantially over the 2012 models. So one might expect a newer model to also run cooler than a 2012.
  8. Gav2k, Sep 8, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2015

    Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    There's two things you can do without changing the logic board out.

    1, change the thermal paste.

    The paste used during manufacturing is a generic safe bet type of paste. The knock on effect of changing it to a decent paste results in lower temps which allows for consistant stainable boost speeds..

    2, use a cooling pad.

    By fan cooling part of the body the net result is lower system temps as some of the heat is radiant. Obviously if this is a no no for you then a hard surface or tray rather than your lap will offer better temperatures.

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