$ 15 M2 homemade repair lanyards MacBook Air overheating problems

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The MacBook Air features a fanless design, which is why the laptop is only 1.13cm (0.44 inches) thick and weighs 1.24kg (2.7 lbs). The only compromise is that the device’s cooling solution lacks active cooling, relying on a passive heatsink to keep the internals cool. It isn’t a huge setback in normal usage, but once you begin pushing the system more aggressively, performance starts to degrade.

Tom’s Hardware is backed by our readership. We might receive an affiliate commission if you make a purchase using links on our website. Why should you believe us? Read on. A powerful machine with a sleek and mean design, Apple’s newest MacBook Air features the M2 CPU. The slim and light device’s worst opponent, meanwhile, is heat. Fortunately, it will lose your warranty. TechTuber Max Tech(opens in new tab) has discovered a quick and inexpensive workaround to reduce the M2 MacBook Air’s overheating issues.

Highlights

  • According to his results, the stock M2 MacBook Air took 28 seconds to hit 108 Celsius, whereas the modded device took one minute and 23 seconds to reach the same temperature. The thermal pad mod doesn’t completely solve the processor throttling problem, but it mitigates the issue and enables the M2 MacBook Air to outperform the more expensive M2 MacBook Pro in short workloads. The stock MacBook Air took two minutes and 55 seconds to export 50 48-megapixel images in Lightroom Classic, whereas the MacBook Pro finished the same benchmark in two minutes. The modded MacBook Air took one minute and 56 seconds, which is 3% less time.

  • To keep the temperature under control, the laptop throttles the M2 chip to prevent overheating and damage to the internal components. The throttling problem isn’t new to the MacBook Air lineup. The M1 MacBook Air also exhibits the same behavior. The DIY fix involves installing thermal pads on the M2 MacBook Air’s motherboard to help dissipate the heat into the chassis. The YouTuber used Thermalright’s Extreme Odyssey 1.5mm thermal pad, which retails for $15.99 on Amazon(opens in new tab).

Adding the thermal pads positively affects the M2 MacBook Air; however, one would wonder why Apple didn’t incorporate it into the design. Additionally, while the mod is easy, it’ll void your device’s warranty, so it probably isn’t worth risking your $1,199 investment. Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro scored 8,551 and 8,557 points in the Cinebench R23 stress test benchmark, respectively. The modded MacBook Air checked in with 8,684 points, a 1% lead. It would seem that the MacBook Pro’s fan profile is a bit conservative, which allows the modded MacBook Air to outclass it for short periods. The YouTuber noted that the device takes a bit to crank up the fan speed when it already hits 100 degrees Celsius in Cinebench R23. However, the MacBook Pro will come out on top in more demanding and prolonged workloads exceeding 15 to 20 minutes.

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