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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by netdog, Oct 27, 2010.
Whisper-quiet, even under some load - like all applications open, plus maybe 20 browser windows, Apple Mail downloading 20,000 messages, and a VPN connection to a remote office using Cisco VPN -- and doing all of this using wireless internet. Even with all this, the machine was on battery and silent - didn't even hear the fan.
Gonna try some games tonight and try some ultra settings to really press the processor and GPU in a single intensive task.
Only time I can really push the fan to 6400 limit is gaming such as WoW, Eve online, Starcraft etc... I have run hours of Netflix, Hulu, streaming 1080 type video and it remains silent, the fans at best (outside gaming) run around 3k to 3400 at best when I load up 4 or 5 tabs of Youtube and let it run for 10 mins or so, keeping the videos going.
Compared to my Rev B 18/128SSD this thing is silent. Even at full fan, it's still much quieter than the older MBA which sounded like a damn jet fighter about to take off lol.
Color me impressed.
Oh, and as I just downloaded Eve online to test out this 13" 1.8/2gig/256ss MBA after 20 mins of messing around in the tutorial of the game the fan was on full but the CPU temp never went past 76 C, my other air would quickly approach 85+ C and the bottom while warm is not hot/burn your hand as in previous model.
I haven't heard mine yet and I've messed with ZBrush on mine, played lots of flash video, and compiled some programs. No noise, no heat, and it was sitting on blankets (I was in bed) while doing it.
Been using mine all day under MS Office + CS5 loads....only heard the fan once and that was after installing some software and a reboot. Otherwise, dead silent.
Quiet until I run Portal or WoW -- then the fans go crazy -- 57 dB is what I measured.
Are you sure!? I've got a Dell T7400 dual X5482 @ 3.2GHz and 15k SAS raptors that's not much louder than that with all cores going full pelt. Are you sure there weren't road works going on outside!
I was in my home office. I used a dB meter. My ambient noise level is around 40 dB (normal for a private office or residence). That's why 57 dB was clearly noticeable.
I'm doing a time machine and it is very loud. It is normally borderline silent though, so i wont complain TOO much.
fans and temps
I made several runs with Portal. Using iStat Pro, I was able to monitor fan speeds. It got up to 6500 RPM. When I quit, it dropped to 1994 RPM which is usually were it is when I'm doing "light" computing.
CPU temp climbed up to 171 F. Afterwards, it dropped to 115 F.
the noise is kinda worrying me
That's a little concerning then I have to say! That's very intrusive although I imagine I'd make allowances if it were being hammered. Hopefully, for some light web browsing in a cafe the fan won't be going the whole time.
my 13 1.86 with 4 gb ram's fan seemed pretty loud today. I opened it up set it up and my fan was going at full blast when installing apps.
Pretty loud when I did migration, did the software update, partitioned bootcamp, wincloned my old bootcamp, and installed drivers on bootcamp. So loud that I was like, "Are you kidding me?"
But during normal stuff it's pretty silent. So, we'll see.
So far so good. Very very quiet.
Just got my fan roaring....pretty quiet still, but its definitely noticeable.
Trick was to get VLC running a 1080p MKV blue-ray rip + Steam loaded and running Left 4 Dead 2 + Skype + Firefox with Youtube running all at the same time.
The kicker was Steam...until then, still no fan. Once Steam kicked in, fan started up and now its been running 10 mins on full speed.
I need to download iStat and check RPM's.
Where did you guys get your 2.13Ghz MBAs? From the Apple Online Store, I assume. I have been looking everywhere in OKC, including the Apple Store, for the 2.13Ghz model with 4GB of RAM but none are in stock anywhere. I am resisting directly ordering from Apple because I simply won't order something on the Web that I have to pay sales tax on. I am perfectly happy to pay sales tax for something I can buy from a local vendor's inventory but I won't both wait and pay sales tax, too.
Ordered online when the Apple Store reopened after Jobs introduced them in California.
All the stores in my area have this configuration. I bought one on Monday night from the closest Apple store to me.
Thanks, appreciated your prompt feedback. I suspect that only those who ordered direct from apple have been able to buy the 2.13Ghz 4Gb model of the 13 inch MBA. That will no doubt change over time, I just hope it changes soon.
Like others, I ordered mine on keynote day at 2PM Pacific, received it this past Tuesday morning here in Chicago. I'm quite thankful I spent the money for the extra CPU and memory.
This thing is loud.
It's way easy to get fans 6000 rpm. Mine kick on just installing software and if you've heard Mbp at 6000 rpm than you know it's loud.
No different here. It's actually worse because CPU fans kick in way before Mbp would.
That is not load.
That is what most people will be doing, or less with their MacBook Airs. It is silent under those conditions.
If you wanna know if it's loud under 100% max load, then yes - it has a fan - of course it will be loud.