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

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

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How has the recent MBA firmware update affected you?

  1. Performance improved since update

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. Performance decreased since update

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  3. Thermal management improved since update (quieter, cooler)

    5 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. Thermal management has gotten worse (louder, hotter)

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  5. No real change

    10 vote(s)
    50.0%
  6. Other problems (please post about them)

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  7. Other improvements (please post about them)

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. netdog macrumors 603

    netdog

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    #1
    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

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    #2
    Rev B 1.86 : I'm actually seeing better battery life.
     
  3. faxao macrumors regular

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    #3
    Rev.B 1.86 no noticeable changes after firmware update for me
     
  4. tigres macrumors 68040

    tigres

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    #4
    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

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    Warsaw, Poland
    #5
    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

    Airforcekid

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    United States of America
    #6
    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

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    Jul 13, 2007
    #7
    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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