Some models of the MacBook Air with an M1 chip (8-core GPU version) have exactly the same processor as the 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro, but they don’t have the same performance. The reason is that the MacBook Pro has a cooling fan, not the MacBook Air. Probably because the thermal throttling (which lowers the number of clocks and lowers the temperature when the CPU gets hot) is activated to prevent the processor from being damaged.
However, with a simple modification of “adding a thermal pad (a pad that helps heat dissipation) inside the housing”, a video demonstrating that even the affordable M1 MacBook Air can achieve speed comparable to Pro has been released. ..
YouTuber’s High on Tech reveals know-how that can significantly improve performance by improving the heat protection of the M1 MacBook Air. All you need is a P5 (star-shaped) screwdriver and a thermal pad that you can buy for around 2000 yen.
This thermal pad is located on the heatsink on the M1 chipset inside your MacBook Air. This fills the gap between the heatsink and the bottom cover of the body, effectively turning the bottom cover itself into one big heatsink. It is a mechanism that makes it easier for the heat that was originally circulated inside to be immediately released to the outside from the housing.
Simply put, “remove the bottom cover of the MacBook Air and attach the thermal pad.” There is no need to modify other parts and the risk of failure is minimized.
But the performance gains are truly spectacular. In a Cinebench test by High on Tech, the modified MacBook Air achieved a score of 7718. This number is slightly below the M1 MacBook Pro’s 7764, far ahead of the unmodified M1 MacBook Air’s 6412.
However, this modification comes with some disadvantages. One gets hot to replace the bottom cover with a heatsink and may not be suitable for people who often use it on their lap.
Second, of course, it may not be covered by Apple’s standard warranty or Apple Care + due to modification.
The price difference between the M1 MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be about 30,000 yen if the conditions of “8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB storage” are met, but if you place importance on official warranty, choose Pro safely and Air. If you give top priority to lightness and portability, you may try remodeling. However, it is at your own risk.
Source:High on Tech(YouTube)
via:Cult of Mac