While the M2-based MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have the same Apple doc on board, these notebooks do not offer the same performance.
This is due to the difference in cooling, with the Air having a passive solution and the Pro having a fan that provides fresh air. Thanks to an advanced cooler from Frore Systems, the Air should be able to match the performance level of its bigger brother.
For example, the company equipped a MacBook Air with AirJet Mini, an active solid-state cooling chip that measures 27.5 x 41.5 x 2.8 millimeters. By installing three of these chips, it is possible to run an allcore workload such as Cinebench without throttling the M2 – which is not the case with the regular MacBook Air. As a result, the Air offers similar performance to the MacBook Pro.
Those with a MacBook Air, unfortunately, will not exactly be able to get started with the AirJets right away. Getting all this cooling power into the laptop required removing material from the chassis, as well as the speakers, WiFi antenna and internal keyboard connector. Frore says the technology must prove itself in systems specifically designed for it. In a larger device, for example, it should free up space for a larger battery thanks to the space saved relative to fans.