The 2022 MacBook Air, which arrived in stores last week, has not only a completely new design, but also Apple’s latest M2 chip. And although the M2 is faster than the M1 and also maintains efficiency, the MacBook Air has no internal fan – which can make the laptop quite hot when running heavy workflows. However, it is a cheap mod that can increase the enduring performance of the M2 MacBook Air.
YouTuber Max Tech, who has already shared several videos of the 2022 MacBook Air’s internal components, decided to use a cheap mod for the laptop to test if it would result in more performance. Although Apple Silicon chips can run smoothly without an advanced cooling system, they still get quite hot depending on the tasks the user is working on.
And when it comes to the new M2 MacBook Air, iFixit has already shown that the machine relies solely on thermal paste and graphite tape to dissipate heat from internal components. So Max Tech has found a “solution” to improve the heat dissipation of the new MacBook.
Better performance with a $ 15 thermal cushion
As shown in one of his latest videos, Max has removed the bottom cover of the laptop to add a $ 15 thermal pad over the logic board, where the M2 chip is located. The thermal pad is able to quickly transfer heat from the chip and logic board to the surface of the MacBook. As a result, your Mac will run even cooler, resulting in more sustained performance.
And it turns out that it really works. In one of his tests, the YouTuber exported 50 images of 42 megapixels each using Adobe Lightroom. The unmodified laptop took 2 minutes and 55 seconds to complete this task, while the MacBook with the thermal pad took only 1 minute and 56 seconds.
The modified M2 MacBook Air also scored higher in benchmark tests, confirming that the better cooling system helps the machine run at better performance. While the original MacBook begins to lose sustained performance after running heavy tasks for four to five minutes, the modified laptop takes almost 10 minutes to reduce performance due to internal temperature.
During the tests, the unmodified M2 MacBook Air reached a temperature of 108 ° C, while the modified MacBook reached 97 ° C as the maximum temperature.
Should M2 MacBook Air owners be concerned about this?
Actually no. As mentioned earlier, these scenarios consider heavy workflows over long periods of time. If you do not plan to do things like play long, high definition videos every day, this is probably not a problem for you.
The M2 chip is efficient enough to run most tasks such as web browsing, streaming and even basic photo and video editing without encountering thermal choking problems – the process that limits the processor’s speed to reduce the temperature of the components. It’s also worth noting that changing your MacBook will end up invalidating Apple’s 1-year warranty.
Still, it is still interesting to see that having a better cooling system actually helps the computer to perform better. Not surprisingly, the Apple M2 sells the MacBook Pro with an internal fan for longer lasting performance. Would you like to modify your M2 MacBook Air with a thermal pad? Let us know in the comments below.
Prices for the new MacBook Air start at $ 1,199 in the United States. Be sure to check out Amazon for special offers on MacBooks. You can also buy thermal pads for your laptop here.
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