Need your advice about the best mac-based notebook for win7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by asada, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. asada macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    I have a trouble. My MBP 15' i7 core +SSD is overheating when I am working under bootcamp in Windows 7.
    So, I am planning to change it.
    For me mac+windows - is necessary.

    So, could you tell me, which mac is "colder" (don't becoming crazy hot)/longer battery life when working with win7 office work/gaming:
    macbook air 13' 1.86 Ghz
    macbook air 13' 2.13 Ghz
    macbook pro 13' 2.4 Ghz C2D + SSD
    macbook pro 15' 2.4 Ghz i5 + SSD

    Owners of theese models, could you please test the temperature with a program "XRG Resource Graph" or "iStat"?

    Thanks!
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    Are you using something to control your fans under Windows? You may just need more airflow than you are getting.

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  3. asada thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just need to know, which of macbooks is cooler during the work.
    I understand, that I can use program for fan controlling.
    So, could you tell me, if you know, which one is cooler.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    The problem is that you are asking two things:

    Colder
    Longest battery life

    They are not the same thing, and it seems like you are most interested in the battery life and are using "colder" as a proxy for that.

    Overall the least powerful Mac will be the coldest. Lowest TDP on the CPU, integrated graphics only. The problem is that those machines also have a smaller battery.

    (My MB runs a bit cooler than my MBP in Windows due to the lack of discrete graphics). Yet the battery life is about the same since the 13" has a smaller battery.

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  5. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Something must be wrong if your laptop is overheating in office. I would exchange for the same one except get a standard hard drive instead of the SSD. My macbook unibody 13 inch late 2009 runs just as cool in windows 7 as in Mac snow leopard, although battery life is usually about 40% better in Mac OS since I have far few programs running in that OS.

    I could understand if you hear a lot of fan noise while playing games, but not overheating - that seems to point to a physical defect.

     
  6. balamw Moderator

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    I'm the opposite (usually have more running in the background under OS X than Windows) and battery life in Windows is still significantly worse than under OS X.

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  7. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    You're probably right on this. I simply can't afford to buy mac versions of my windows software. :)

     

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