Fan kicking in

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shah1, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. shah1 macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    Firstly, I'm loving using my new 13" MBA BTO with the 4gb ram.

    Thought I would put it through a bit of a test to see if I could get the fan to kick in and I managed to do just by running a 1080p video on youtube, and opening all the apps on my dock. CPU usage wasn't running at max but there was a massive rise to what I normally use. Is it normal for the fan to be heard with this kind of usage? And how have others been getting on with their machines when running multiple apps?
  2. spinnerlys, Nov 18, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2010

    spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    Yes, normal, as YouTube uses Flash and the bigger the resolution, the more the CPU gets used, the more power is needed, the more heat is produced, thus the faster the fans.

    Btw, why don't you use the 720p option, as the MBA has not 1920 x 1200/1080 as a resolution anyway?
  3. shah1 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    Good point, I suppose it would run a lot smoother too on 720p. I'm really happy with the performance thus far, perfect for my needs.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Based on the OP's test the fans should come on with a doubt. I don't know why people have a cow over fans turning on, they're suppose to. I have a cow when the fans don't turn on and the computer starts heating up. Worry about something that doesn't work, not that does. ;)
  5. shah1 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    It's just so noticeable on the Air has it's so darn quiet.. But your right in what your saying, it needs come on when things start getting hot under the hood. :D

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