Unlike the M2 MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air has no cooling fan and relies on a single heat sink for spreading. Unfortunately, this cooling solution has struggled enormously to bring down the temperature, and it can be worse for the user if he or she lives in a country that has a hot and humid climate. Fortunately, a YouTuber solves these thermal issues with a little modding, which you will soon see.
Bringing M2 MacBook Air temperatures involves only a few thermal pads that provide extra contact with the heat sink
Despite the fact that the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have the same M2, it is the MacBook Air that suffers from severe thermal choking that causes the multi-core performance to drop drastically. Fortunately, Max Tech manages to solve this small problem with a $ 15 solution called thermal pillows. Before the modding process, the temperatures of the M2 MacBook Air reached a whopping 108 degrees Celsius in a matter of seconds.
Removing the back panel of the M2 MacBook Air is easy, as it only involves removing four screws, so you can use a guitar plug to pry off the aluminum housing. Afterwards, the video shows how to place the thermal pads on top of the heat sink. You can also remove the logic board to apply a layer of thermal paste to the M2 SoC to get better thermals, although that process will take longer to complete.
Then Adobe Lightroom Classic was fired up, and thanks to the additional pads, the test involving the export of 50 images was completed faster than the M2 MacBook Pro did with its active cooling fan, as shown in the video. When you run the multi-core test of the Cinebench R23, the M2 continues to get hot, but thanks to the thermal cushion mode, temperatures reached 108 degrees Celsius in one minute, 23 seconds, compared to just 28 seconds without the cushions, so it’s impressive.
In addition, the new MacBook Air achieved a higher score since it managed the temperatures a little better. The last test with the modded M2 MacBook Air was 3DMark Wild Life Gaming, and the GPU is able to maintain performance for seven minutes before it chokes, and the score drops. Before the thermal pads were used, the score began to drop after only four minutes, so it took almost twice as long before the machine’s performance was drained.
If you own or want to own the M2 MacBook Air and continue to experience these temperatures, we have provided a link to these thermal pads. By watching the video below, you can teach yourself how to open the back panel, install the thermal pads and welcome the new temperature drops and performance gains.
News source: Max Tech
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