Are Mac Pro's Noisey?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ironduke, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    Thinking of Getting One.

    Never seen one in action but they look a work of art

    Get anyone tell me if they are noisey especially when Idling as I plan to have it in my Bedroom.
     
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    Nope. Silent.
     
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    Bennieboy©

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    at idle, no, they are pretty much whisper quiet, a lot more quiet then the G5's ;)
     
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    Thanks chaps, I plan to use the mac pro for everything, and lets face it the Mac Pro is the only mac that covers all bases.

    Power
    Storage
    High Quality Gaming
    Easy Upgrading
    Movies

    One more question guys I have a 46" 1080p TV & a 24 inch monitor, both are 1920x1080.

    I plan to have dual display support I hear the New MBP's pass Audio through the Display Port do the current GT120 & 4870's do this?

    Iask because I have a digital Reciever Too
     
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    maestrokev

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    As long as you don't have it sitting on your desk at ear level it is silent, otherwise you will hear the fans.
     
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    My Mac Pro sits on my desk next to my monitor. I never hear it.

    Not sure about the GT120, but the 4870 should be able to handle two 1920x1080 displays fine.
     
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    Bennieboy©

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    the gt120 will drive 2 screens at 1920HD resolution too ;)
     
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    Mine is a bit noisy with the 4 10,000RPM drives inside… the problem is when it's seeking; if you stick to regular 7200RPM drives, the computer is pretty much silent.
     
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    iamcheerful

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    Silent if you compare it to the G4s and G5 PowerMacs

    There's at least one base which the Mac Pro may not cover that easily - portability. :p

    But yep, the Mac Pro is pretty much a great machine.

    p.s. cost may be another base that doesn't quite cut it yet.
     
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    Mac Pro is super silent machine! I am running video games through win7 for 6 hours everyday. at the beginning I was wondering when I would hear the fan noise; so I became suspicious and I went to the repair shop and they told me that there is no issue. Right now my system has completed one year and fan noise is not existed at all expect when I switch on / restart my system.
     
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    Very quiet. The difference between this and my dual G5 is dramatic (and the G5 was a lot quieter than the G4 which sounded like a jet taking off!)
     
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    From what I remember, only the MDD PowerMac G4s were noisy. Other PwerMac G4s were quiet. Early G4s were even passively cooled. G5s ran hot. Apple even had to resort to water cooling on some models.
     
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    numbersyx

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    Very quiet. The only noise that arises is when you use the DVD/CD drive... (and then it's very noisy)...
     
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    I can't confirm this. I've got 4 7200RPM drives in my Pro (2 WD Blacks and 2 RE3) and it is very noisy.
    The fans are indeed quite silent (you can hear it though!), but with 7200RMP drives in it, the machine is everything but quiet!

    I had it once next to my displays on the desk, definitely too noisy to work.

    Got the 2009 octad model with 4870.
     
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    Infrared

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    I think it depends on the user's ability to hear, perception, the
    positioning of the machine, the reflectivity/absorption of surrounding
    surfaces, and other ambient noise. Unless measurements are being made
    scientifically, observations on noise level are difficult to interpret at
    best.

    Having said all that, in this environment and using my ears, I can quite
    easily hear a Mac Pro. And, as you say, the drives are the cause. I've
    listened to several different Mac Pros, and in each case the drives were
    quite audible. Again, to me and my ears :)

    But being audible and being noisy are not the same thing, unless you must
    work in extreme silence. While I can hear Mac Pros, I do not find them
    disconcertingly loud.
     
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    Mine is very quiet.

    I've got 3 HDDs, 1 SSD, 1 GT120 and the Radeon 4870.

    It sits on my desk, and it's quiet. There is obviously some noise, but in comparison to every other computer in the house it's the quietest. As others have mentioned, about all the noise comes out of the HDs, but even then they're not too bad either. Optical drive is pretty noisy when you first insert the disc, but $30 can buy a quieter model if it really bothers you.
     
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    I had a 2.26 GHz 8-Core Mac Pro w/ the GT120 and it was pretty much silent.
     
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    Noise is a very subjective thing.

    My boot drive is an Solid State Disk and I can easily hear when my RAID-5 scratch drive powers up when I access the drive.

    They are the noisiest components in my Mac Pro (early 2008), which makes it very silent.
     
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    I have a 2.66 Xeon Mac pro and that thing is completely silent, even running under a load. I have only heard the fans kick up a couple of times. Great computer, well worth the $$
     
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    iamcheerful

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    Similar to the above comments ...
    - ODD is extremely noisy when in use
    - The fans are loud on boot and when awaken from sleep.

    The brands of ODDs I've encountered were Pioneer and Sony. I cannot recall the exact model though.
     
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    have two mac pros, both very quiet. Even when under high load.
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    True but I already have a macbook Pro and soon an ipad:cool:
     
  23. macrumors member

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    Awesomely quiet.

    I have an external HD that makes more noise :) .
     
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    I can always hear the fans, even when it's under my desk. However, the room I'm in is very quiet, which may explain the discrepancy between what I'm saying and what others are. I have a mid-2009 MacPro, btw. The hard drive is audible when it's seeking or writing. The fans get a little louder when playing World of Warcraft, but they never get irritatingly loud (which is a lot different than my MBP). However, unlike my MBP, my MacPro's fans are never silent.
     
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    Then I should hear the drive of my 24" iMac as well.

    I'm very much into silent computing, and I would definitely notice the drive making a noise as it's right in front of me, behind the screen. I can hear the scratching when there is read or write activity, but that's really a low sound.
     

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