A new video from Linus Tech Tips today sheds light on the MacBook Air’s thermal design and how different tweets can affect performance and heat dissipation. The results show an increase in performance, but not as much as you expected.
The video begins with an explanation of Apple’s slightly odd design decision. Instead of placing the fan right next to the CPU because most of the heat was generated, Apple kept the fan too far away from the MacBook Air. The video explains that it leaves the MacBook Air CPU with a cooling capacity of about 10 W CPU.
In the video, a variety of cooling tests are performed with the 2020 MacBook Air: a laptop stand with a fan, a fan at the bottom, new thermal compounds, including heat and water cooler in the chassis, including fixing the heat sink and improving airflow. Saw an increase.
Apple’s thermal designs have been questioned in the past, for example, the high-end 2018 MacBook Pro was criticized for aggressive thermal throttling. Apple has released a software update to help fix the problem, but still, concerns remain. As we mentioned earlier, throttling can be expected on thin laptops like the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. This is something that affects both Apple and other PC makers, but Apple has been questioned for seemingly more aggressive thermal throttling.
In a somewhat related note, Apple is expected to announce the transfer of Macs to ARM processors at WWDC tomorrow. This is expected to bring significant improvements in performance and possibly related improvements in temperature and heat dissipation as well.
Watch the full video below from Linus Tech Tips and let us know what you think about it in the comments.
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