Using Skype makes the fan go crazy - any tweaks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by enigma2k, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. enigma2k macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010

    I am using a MBA 2011 13" i5 and everytime I use Skype video the MBA fan reaches after a while 6500rpm which is really loud.

    Is this really normal that Skype is that resource hungry?

    Has anyone tested how the fan behaves with iChat or Facetime?

    I wonder if there are any tweaks for Skype. e.g. changing the options within a file that the video you record is only 15fps instead of 30fps, or that the resolution is smaller.
  2. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Yes, Skype is a resource hog. My 2010 U-MBA goes from 40C to 80C running Skype, with CoolBook I can get it down to 72C with fans spinning about 4K.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Skype will do that. There may be a way to cap the framerate or resolution, but normally that's just dictated by your upload speed.
  4. zumbi macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2007
    Espoo, Finland
    Does anyone know if the same will happen under windows?

  5. enigma2k thread starter macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I wonder why Skype is so hard on the CPU. What I have read Skype works much better under Windows.

    Even the iPad without any fan and a slower CPU can run a Skype video chat without a problem.

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