Heat Issue of Macbook Air 13" (2011 Mid)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kuso26, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. kuso26 macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    I have Macbook Air 13 inch (2011 mid) version.

    I just wonder if i play Diablo 3 or any other game, would it cost a lot heat generate from the laptop graphics itself? would it cost overheat during gameplay?

    Will the graphic temperature too hot costing damage to the laptop?

    Thanks and regards
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The Intel processors used in Macs are designed to automatically shut down to prevent damage if they truly overheat. CPU Tjmax = 105C, GPU Tjmax = 100C 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. 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:
  3. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Specifically with D3: It will get very hot. Very very hot. However, I haven't had it shutdown on me yet so it isn't passing the built in threshold for shutdown.
  4. kuso26 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    Thanks for the very helpful information. I only knew few thing about mac recently cause i only purchase this in Christmas. Cheers:) :D


    Cheers mate. Are you running smooth on the Diablo on your Macbook Air? What resolution and detail you set on the Macbook Air while you playing the Diablo 3?

    Another question, if i put laptop cooler to Macbook Air, will it help to cool down the temperature?


    if i put laptop cooler to Macbook Air, will it help to cool down the temperature?
  5. Morrius macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2007
    This has been something of a problem with my 2010 MBP 15" i5. When I play WoW, the aluminum near the hinge gets crazy hot, so much so that it's becoming unpleasant to reach for the function keys. Which is troubling, since my function keys all bind to my spells.

    I was thinking of switching to the MBA when the next one comes out in 2012, but if it has the same problem with heat...
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's quite normal, as that hinge is above the CPU and GPU, the two primary furnaces in your Mac.

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