Using Skype makes the fan go crazy - any tweaks?

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

  1. enigma2k macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    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

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    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

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    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

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    Does anyone know if the same will happen under windows?

    Thanks
     
  5. enigma2k thread starter macrumors regular

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    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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