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The Heat is On: 15-Inch M3 MacBook Air’s Thermal Performance Uncovered

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The Heat Test

A recent examination put Appleβ€˜s 15-inch M3 MacBook Air under the microscope, and the findings may make you raise an eyebrow.

What Went Down: On their YouTube channel, Max Tech uploaded a video showcasing a stress test conducted on the 15-inch M3 MacBook Air. The test divulged that the device hit a peak temperature of 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit) at the keyboard.

This temperature eclipses the 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded for the 2023 version of the laptop. Surprisingly, the absence of a fan did not significantly affect the M3 MacBook Air’s performance.

Unforeseen Feats: During the evaluation, Max Tech expressed astonishment at the M3 MacBook Air’s capabilities when juxtaposed with the M3 14-inch MacBook Pro, which features a single fan. The M3 MacBook Air outshined the MacBook Pro in both single-core and multi-core performance assessments.

Testing Under Duress

Despite its impressive display, the M3 MacBook Air underwent thermal throttling during the stress test, with the temperature hitting 46 degrees Celsius.

During the Meta test, the distinction between the two was negligible, described as β€œjust a smidge.”

An extreme stress test lasting 20 minutes was also conducted by Max Tech to identify any throttling. The results highlighted a 33% contrast, showcasing a substantial difference between the wattages.

Expert Analysis

Addressing the CPU performance, the YouTuber performed a Cinebench test, reaffirming the 14-inch M3 MacBook Pro’s superiority.

Concluding the analysis, Max Tech noted, β€œThis machine (15-inch MacBook Air) exhibited significantly lower power usage due to its throttling. Therefore, if you require extensive graphics performance, opting for a fan-cooled system might be advisable. For shorter tasks like video editing, you’ll fare well here. Additionally, in terms of CPU performance or a blend of graphics and CPU tasks, the minuscule 8% difference is inconsequential. However, if the device heats up, you’ll enjoy extended battery life owing to the throttling.”

Final Word

For a detailed insight into the analysis, watch the complete video here.

Curious for more? Delve into Benzinga’s Consumer Tech coverage by clicking here.

Further Reading: Apple’s Car Project Funded by Steve Jobs Terminated After A Decade of Investment.

Heads-up: This content was generated partially with the assistance of AI tools and then reviewed and disseminated by Benzinga editors.

Image Source: Apple

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