Software Sluggish Due to Excessive Warmth

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Software (especially video games or other graphics-intensive software) may operate sluggishly when the MacBook Air is very warm.

This is expected behavior. MacBook Air uses built-in graphics circuitry to provide video output to the built-in and/or external displays. The operating system automatically reduces the processor speed if the computer starts to get too hot. This will correspondingly reduce the graphics performance of all running applications.

Refer to Knowledge Base article 307297: MacBook Air: 3D Graphics applications less responsive when CPU is hot

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