POLL: MBA Firmware Update Faster? Stronger? SLOWER? HOTTER?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by netdog, Jul 2, 2009.


How has the recent MBA firmware update affected you?

  1. Performance improved since update

    2 vote(s)
  2. Performance decreased since update

    1 vote(s)
  3. Thermal management improved since update (quieter, cooler)

    5 vote(s)
  4. Thermal management has gotten worse (louder, hotter)

    1 vote(s)
  5. No real change

    10 vote(s)
  6. Other problems (please post about them)

    2 vote(s)
  7. Other improvements (please post about them)

    2 vote(s)
  1. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Have a 1.86 SSD and have been reading about the diminished performance in the current 2.13 SSD model, and that it is actually slower than the 1.86 that preceded it.

    Some have suggested that this is down to the current firmware, so that leaves me wondering whether I should update my firmware or not.

    From those who have updated, what changes in performance have you noticed (video playback, general snappiness, etc.) and how is thermal management?
  2. orourke macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    Rev B 1.86 : I'm actually seeing better battery life.
  3. faxao macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2008
    Milano, Italy
    Rev.B 1.86 no noticeable changes after firmware update for me
  4. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I am on a rev b, SSD.

    I have noticed that my screen brightness has diminished (lower brightness).

    I really don't think I am imagining it either.

    Anyone else?
  5. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2008
    Warsaw, Poland
    Revision B with SSD, no change at all.

    However, I see changes in temperatures all the time, mostly depending on how hot the day is. Unless you test it in the same conditions, or track average temperatures for a long period (as in a few weeks/months), I don't think attributing slight changes to the update is correct.

    No change here.
  6. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    Safari boots very very fast now along with boxee but other apps are about the same seems video is a little smoother too?
  7. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    I tried Coolbook for playing my 1080p (torrented) blu-ray rips a while back.

    Although they played they still still stuttered!

    Guess what after the update, I'm watching all my blu -ay rips on a 32" samsung LED TV with (mini display port to HDMI).

    So I guess something is different from my earlier tests!

    ? It could be the firmware update, or just be improvements in cool book? and a slim chance it could be due to them now being on an external portable hard drive. Bear in mind that I am only using a 1.6ghz Revision B Macbook air with the hard drive.

    Of course they would still be unplayable without Coolbook and its ability to run the processor at full speed.

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