A mac that doesn't get hot, doesn't make noise.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Olaf.cc, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Olaf.cc macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2010
    Okay, strange headline perhaps, but here it goes.

    I need a new computer. My beloved MacBook Pro 15" has, well, died. Sort of. My gf found it a nice idea to wake up from a dream while my laptop was on her legs. So now I'm the proud owner of a screenless MBP.

    Anyway, I also have a MacBook Pro 17". Which gets hot. Which makes noise. Which I can't stand. Also, it's too big and heavy to carry around.

    So I need something new. Which doesn't get hot and doesn't make a lot of noise. And besides that, is fast. What I do: Photoshop, office tasks, Aperture, xcode and programming. And I sometimes run that OS from Bill in VMWare. I have a Dell 2408WFP screen and I'd love to be able to hook up another one to my new computer. A dual screen setup.

    What I'm considering:
    iMac: Already has a nice 27" screen, great, but I can't buy a separate Apple 27" screen.
    MM: Is it powerful enough? Two displays?
    MBP: Is this thing gonna get hot again? i5? i7? Dual setup?

    Current setup:
    2,4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 667Mhz, SATA disk. Which is too slow. :-\
  2. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    The faster it is, the more heat it is going to make, and in general, the noisier it is going to be.

    Mac Pro is probably the quietest of them if for no other reason that you can put it under your desk or otherwise out of the way.

    The iMac and Mac Mini are generally very very quiet. Though they may get a little louder when doing heavy work.

    Any laptop generally "gets hot" when you are doing heavy work on it and it is sitting on your lap. And generally they are louder while doing so.

    With what you plan on doing with it, I don't see any reason to get anything other than an iMac.
  3. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
  4. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
  5. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    I use Photoshop CS4 all the time and just made the move to Mac starting with a 27" iMac with a 3.06 C2D. One of the first things I noticed was the silence. I could not tell it is on by sound 98% of the time. If a disk is in then it sounds a little like hamsters on a wheel but other then that is is really quiet. Heat is not a problem at all and I do check this a lot.

    I also just picked up a regular MacBook to go with my iMac. I got a great deal at MicroCenter.com for only $799 so I couldn't past it up. It too is nearly silent and heat is not an issue at all. Actually, I am amazed at how cool it is. If I pushing it then it gets slightly warm on the bottom and near the hinge but it is nothing uncomfortable at all and and barely worth mentioning. CS4 runs at a respectable speed on the MB. As a matter of fact I bought a 4GB set of Crucial RAM ($103) at the same time to punch up the MB to 4Gb but now I am thinking about using it to get 8gb on the iMac for when CS5 comes out instead. (CS5 will remove the current 3gb ram limit) so I can use my iMac for the heavy lifting.

    Anyway, heat and noise are not issue in these macs running Bridge, CS4, and Photomatix
  6. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009

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  7. Olaf.cc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2010
    That's the white one right? Not even an issue with Flash? That always kills my processor.
  8. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    Have you tried to clean out the air vents at all on your 17" MBP? I believe one reason for a new computer running silent and cool is because the fans haven't had a chance to get clogged with dust yet...
  9. squirrel77 macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2006
    Barcelona ES
    try a cool mat?

    If the laptop getting hot on your legs is your main heat concern the perhaps you would consider the following heat mats.


    I've had mine for 3 years and it cuts heat considerably so it doesn't become uncomfortable, my friend has one too and he also loves it.
    Shop around for them though, picked mine up for £10 excl delivery.
  10. bentmywookie macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2002
    Palo Alto
    I second the regular white Macbook suggestion. My friend just picked one up and I am shocked at how cool and quiet it runs - even while running Flash. The Nvidia 9400 seems to be really decent. I know they just updated the MBPs but I don't know how cool they are - and my experience has been they're always a little warm. Not so with the Macbook - I kinda want one over an MBP just for that reason. And for $800 it's such a capable computer, probably even more so with upgraded ram and an SSD.
  11. DKfraDK macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2010
    Go for the 13" MPB :) it runs very cool and completely silent.

    When gaming (which is actually pretty decent on the 320m!) the 'fan' kick in, keeping it very cool, still.

    After quitting the game, it goes silent in less than a minute :)
  12. H00513R macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2010
    My late '09 iMac is really quiet. I don't notice it at all.
  13. mono1980 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    Get the iMac

    My 27" Quad-core iMac is the quietest computer I've ever used. Even during heavy work it is silent. I'm so happy with it and it's so fast!
  14. squirrel77 macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2006
    Barcelona ES
    Heavy work?

    out of interest, what do you class as heavy work?
  15. Perrumpo macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2008
    I have a 17" uMBP. I had a 15", too. Both are silent with an SSD unless you are running the CPU full blast long enough that the fans have to turn on. The fans are the only noise I ever hear, and not very often. An HDD will be noisy, but an SSD allows the MBP to be silent.

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