2010 fan in 2006 mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by meb91, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. meb91 macrumors member

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    I have a 2006 mini I use as an HTPC, the fan is louder than I'd like it to be but it's running at a normal RPM so there's not much I can do about it. My sister has a 2010 mini and I noticed it's much quieter than mine, nearly silent. So I was wondering if anyone knows if the fan model used in the 2010 would work in a 2006?
     
  2. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    im no expert, but im guessing the change in form factor would make it not compatible. maybe just a new fan from a 2009 model?
     
  3. sonia12 macrumors newbie

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    I'd like it to be but it's running at a normal RPM so there's not much I can do about it. My sister has a 2010 mini and I noticed it's much quieter than mine, nearly silent.
     
  4. lvlarkkoenen macrumors regular

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    Maybe you already tried this, but I have a 2005 mini and I opened it yesterday, because I never did it and was curious. Ofcourse there was a bunch of dust inside it and after giving it a quick blowthrough it was much quieter. Probably means you 1) need less RPM to cool sufficiently (although you said it's running at normal frequency), and 2) less noise will be generated at the same RPM level. Get some decent pressured air (canned or perhaps some sort of pump) and you'll get probably better results than I did.

    If you (like I did) never cleaned it, it's only to be expected that your mini makes more noise than your sisters.
     
  5. bearcatrp, Apr 25, 2011
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    bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    +1 for blowing it out. Just did mine a bit ago and allot came out, with just 6 months use. Otherwise, your fan could be going bad.
     
  6. meb91 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the responses, last time I opened it up and blew the dust out was about a year ago, so it may be time to do it again. It's possible the fan's going bad also I guess. At idle it runs at about 1500 RPM and the CPU's at about 30-35 C. It's actually not unbearably loud compared to other computers in general, it's just that my sister's 2010 is nearly silent.
     
  7. lvlarkkoenen macrumors regular

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    I suppose yearly is about right, although some say more often is better. However the 2010 reviews did mention it was a silent machine, not sure if they meant that it's more silent than previous versions. I'm curious to find out if cleaning works for you and if it's indeed still not as silent as your sisters mini.
     

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