MBA 2013 i5 or i7 - Fan noise?

webstarcool

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Oct 27, 2010
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I have an MBA 2012 (i7/8GB/256) and have to admit I have been pretty disappointed with the fan noise since I received it around a year ago. Doesn't take a whole lot of work on from a simple running program or two before the fan starts kicking in. And it keeps on going.

In a lot of the the threads here there are mentions of speed, but not so much about heat and fan noise. Since the MBA 2012 i7 was noisy like a jet, I'm wondering how the new Haswell 2013 MBA would do.

- Are they running cooler than the 2012 MBAs?
- Is there any difference with fan speed with the Haswell i5 and i7?
- Anyone noticing fans kicking in with their new MBA?
 

jmpage2

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The total power draw (TDP) on both the i5 and i7 is, I believe 15 watts. So, they should not only run "cooler" than the previous generation but the battery life should be similar between the two.
 

KeepCalmPeople

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Sep 5, 2012
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I can't really offer any comparison as our 13" i7/8/128 MBA is the first MBA in our family, but the only time the fan has kicked on so far was when playing Minecraft. To my ears it was/is surprisingly loud, at least compared to my 17" i5 Windows laptop. However, the fan on my laptop runs a lot more often than the fan in the MBA.

I've a question - where does the fan vent? There is no grille anywhere...
 

The-Pro

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Dec 2, 2010
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I can't really offer any comparison as our 13" i7/8/128 MBA is the first MBA in our family, but the only time the fan has kicked on so far was when playing Minecraft. To my ears it was/is surprisingly loud, at least compared to my 17" i5 Windows laptop. However, the fan on my laptop runs a lot more often than the fan in the MBA.

I've a question - where does the fan vent? There is no grille anywhere...
Its behind the hinge. Big opening there for the fan