Ultimate 11" i7 runs silent

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  1. SpiffyChee macrumors member

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    I've had my 11" ultimate air now for a few days and apart from realizing that it is the best laptop I've ever owned... I have noticed that the fan has been completely silent for every moment of use. Even when playing games, I couldn't even hear it. (then again I was in my apartment which is not 1000% soundproof)

    Regarding heat, it gets "warm" when playing games like starcraft II, but that was to be expected. It never got scary hot or anything though.

    I noticed some forum members had a CPU temp monitor in their menu bar. How do I get this in my menu bar? I couldn't figure out which software they were using.

    p.s. bootcamp assistant will now make a bootable usb for you (provided that you have a windows 7 iso) This was a nice realization for me.
     
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    Nice ain't it? And the drivers I downloads make the Windows 7 installation the most painless installation I've ever done.
     
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  5. SpiffyChee thread starter macrumors member

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    It was so nice! The only thing I didn't like was the fact that I didn't know this before I tried making a win 7 usb bootloader from within windows then installing rEFIt on lion... But that is my error for not opening bootcamp assistant before I started doing stuff.

    Figuring out how to uninstall rEFIt was kinda sketchy and I don't know if I fully got rid of it...
     
  6. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    I'm calling shenanigans! Otherwise your fan is broken!
     
  7. SpiffyChee, Jul 26, 2011
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    SpiffyChee thread starter macrumors member

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    lol I'll go sit in a closet tonight to see if I can hear it, but I haven't been able to hear it yet. (and it must be working because my cpu has remained cool and cools quickly after intensive applications)

    I can't check this at work right now, but could you enlighten me. Is Istat Menus on the mac app store yet? I have the 100$ student app store gift card and it would be nice if I could use that.
     
  8. nood1es macrumors member

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    I'd have to agree with u, this is the best laptop i've owned. Probably cause it replaces my 7 year old one that gets stupid hot and has a battery life of an hour or so.

    On the fan, I'm with u on this. I barely notice the fan is on as well whether it's watching videos or surfing the net with multiple windows/tabs open.
     
  9. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    Actually after thinking about it I should have asked this first. Which games do you play? For example NOVA 2 runs completely silent and cool as well.
     
  10. SpiffyChee thread starter macrumors member

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    I finished installing bootcamp last night, so tonight I will install a few more games on both windows and lion. I will post my results soon. So far all I have tried was starcraft II on low/medium settings and it ran silent but warm.(not hot)
     
  11. Neil McRae macrumors regular

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    is this the i7 1.8GHz? if so can you do a geekbench on it?
     
  12. SpiffyChee thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes it is the 1.8ghz i7 with a 256 ssd. I'll do a geekbench tonight. (I don't want to pay for it though so I'll just do a 32bit test)...
     
  13. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    If you could compare OSX FPS or Bootcamp FPS in games that would be great.
     
  14. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    Any other i7 11" owners with similar results?
     
  15. vty macrumors member

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    Unless you're playing Tetris I don't believe this at all, my 11" i5 spins up just from watching HD content on Netflix.

    I couldn't fathom trying SC2 on it, although I might just to test.
     
  16. trondah macrumors 6502

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    Please post all the iStat temperatures and compare when idle or full load :)
     
  17. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Everyone is soo concerned with noise when the cpu is under stress. Of course there will be fan noise. Just like every other computer, even the i5. :rolleyes:
     
  18. JusChexin macrumors member

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    I hope the OP's results are generally true, I'm seriously considering the 2011 11" Ultimate... :D
     
  19. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    Use iStat Menus 2.0 instead of 3.0. It's basically the same and it's free.
     
  20. SpiffyChee thread starter macrumors member

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    Can you exaborate on their differences? I'm knew to this program. I read iStat Menu's 3.18 has support for lion, does iStat menus 2.0 support lion well? can iStat menus 2 control the fan speed?
     
  21. SpiffyChee thread starter macrumors member

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    5777 geekbench in 32bit on my osx partition
    (i7 1.8ghz samsung 256gb ssd)

    so far I haven't seen my fan go past 2000rpms and my temp stays at about 50 degrees Celsius in normal use
     
  22. macpbr98 macrumors newbie

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    Where is 2.0 located?
     
  23. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Great GeekBench Score. You would get around 1000 more if you had done the 64bit test, putting the i7 around 1000 points higher than the i5 1.6 in both 32 & 64 bit tests.
     
  24. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I just had Windows 7 64-bit running in Parallels and installed a Windows Update (just some printer drivers, but an update nonetheless) while I had Safari running in OS X with 7 tabs. It hardly broke a sweat and while the fan kicked up to 3500 for a time, it was pretty quiet. It's a far cry from how the Core 2 Duo reacted to having Windows run in the background.
     
  25. zumbi macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I am about to buy the 11,6" i7. My main concern is the fan noise. I am a student so I'll be using it in the library and lectures. I do not want to have a noisy fan and get the professors/other classmates' attention. I'd like to know if the i7 gets hot while performing simple tasks (running mail, chrome, word, excel...) and thus the fan starts spinning?

    When home, I occasionally would like to watch movies on the 11". I believe it supports 1080p which is great, but once again, will it get that hot so that the fan kicks up and then I won't be able to hear the movie?

    Thank you.
     

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