17" intel imac noisy or silent?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sonofthesun, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. sonofthesun macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2006
    I am wondering if the 17" intel imac really is silent. Currently my 20" isight buzzes so much that it interferes with my recordings.
  2. p:ro macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2006
  3. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    20" iMac Duo quiet as anything. Rarely hear a noise coming out of it...
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    My 17" Intellimac is silent, even after hours of HandBrake rendering movies. Silent.
  5. Josh396 macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2004
    Peoria/Chicago, IL
    Agreed. My 20" Duo is quieter then the Rev. B 2.0 Ghz iMac I had. It doesn't matter what I'm doing or how many applications I have on, I have yet to hear it make a sound.
  6. briansanderson macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2003
    My iMac 17" does not make any noise. You have to really concentrate on listening to just hear the fans. I absolutely love this iMac. The best computer I have ever owned.
  7. samanthas macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2005
    Portland, OR
    My 17-inch is quiet as well. I did do the Apple hardware test though, and the fans (I THINK it was the fans) picked up twice and I swear it sounded like someone turned on a vacuum cleaner. I'm not sure if that's normal or not... it only did it while that was in though, so whatever.
  8. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    Yeah, I got the same sound when I did the hardware test, but I've never heard those fans during normal use. This thing is completely silent. It gets warm, too, but not excessively hot. I'm very happy with the noise level.

    Oh, it's a 20" Intel iMac, btw.
  9. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    my iMac 17" is very silent. I can't tell it's on ... of course I used to have a MDD Dual G4 ... THAT was loud.
  10. selloutvixen macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2003
    Connecticut, USA
    I'll have to agree.. my 17" is whisper quiet. My PS2 makes more *#(^&(@* noise just trying to play a dvd! :mad:
  11. MacRumoron macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2005
    you guys are lucky

    i have the iMac G5 17" Rev A and its so LOUD and ANNOYING

    it gets loud after using it for more than one hour and when i turn it off its so peaceful

    other than the fan noise i like my imac :)
  12. jrk07 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    Agreed. I really wish that my first mac wasn't so damn loud. I too have a Rev A iMac G5 17" and i love it to death....except for when it comes to the fan noise. I usually don't let it get to me, but when I do it just downright depresses me, because there is no fix for it. I wish there was a way to destroy the internals of my computer without apple knowing it was me, so that my applecare would cover me for a new intel iMac.
  13. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Switch the voltage selector to 120V and connect it to a 240V outlet? ^_^

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