The new Macbook Air M2, which has a heatsink to disperse heat, has significant overheating issues, which are much more evident during the current heatwave. It often happens for the gadget to start up at dangerously high temperatures that may reach over 100 degrees in a matter of seconds.
Thankfully, the YouTube channel Max Tech provides a cheap yet effective solution: add a thermal pad. But to place this item in the Macbook Air M2’s hellishly scorching interior, you must first open the computer.
The procedures to follow to install this cooling system safely are shown in the video up top by Max Tech. To do this, one must first split the aluminium case with a thin item after removing the Macbook Air M2’s back panel, which is only secured by four screws.
After this is finished, it is sufficient to put the thermal pad above the heatsink. Even the most resourceful will have enough money to remove the logic board so that they may place a thermal pad on the M2 SoC.
This won’t reduce the Macbook Air M2’s enthusiasm, but it will at least slow down how rapidly it overheats. Max Tech uses a variety of tests, including the Cinebench R23 multi-core test and Adobe Lightroom Classic, to illustrate the relative efficacy of its solution.
First, curiously, the modified Macbook Air M2 makes use of this to outperform the Macbook Pro M2. On the second, this cooling system D reveals its limitations: the Macbook Air M2 always reaches temperatures over 100 degrees, but it does it after a little over a minute and a half rather than only 30 seconds without the thermal pad.
Another advantage of this approach is that the Macbook Air M2’s graphics card may perform better on a final test using 3DMark Wild Life Gaming. After four minutes, it started to slow down without the thermal pad—these indicators of slowing down start to show with Max Tech’s solution after seven minutes.