New MBA question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Hotsauce77, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Hotsauce77 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone! So I just purchased a new MBA 13" (first Mac actually :) ). I have to say, it is one beautiful piece of hardware. My questions is, is that when I am playing Bioshock (the only game I currently have for it) the fan kicks on and stays on.

    I know MBA's aren't really meant for gaming, but supposedly these new haswell machines are quite capable. Is this a normal experience for the fan to kick on? The bottom of the machines also gets quite warm as well. Since this is my first MBA I was just wondering what was considered the norm. Are there additional settings I should tweak (game or OS) to mitigate the fan kicking on? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. bambooshots macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it is normal. Playing games is really taxing on a system, making it work harder (working at higher frequencies for longer periods of time).

    Especially for something like Haswell; both the processor and GPU are on the same chip side by side and things heat up a bit when both of them are working under load.
     
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Quite normal. Nothing to worry about. Crank up the volume or connect a set of external bluetooth speakers, and enjoy your game! :D
     
  4. B... macrumors 68000

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    The fans should come on even more when playing a game. They're actually always on, you just can't hear them at idle.
     
  5. Hotsauce77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome! Thanks everyone for your input and piece of mind! You guys rock!
     

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