Are the new iMacs Really Quieter?

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  1. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a

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    ...than the previous model? Apple promos for the new iMac claim they are.

    Just curious as I'm considereding either a refurb or getting one of the new models.

    Does anyone have direct personal experience with both versions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I have early 2009 model and it's very quiet. New models might be little noisier as they have desktop CPUs which needs better cooling
     
  3. xplnusa macrumors regular

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    I have no experience with the earlier iMacs. I did purchase a 27" iMac (my first mac) and the only noise I notice is the CD/DVD drive at startup, other than that she's quite as can be.
     
  4. Thunderbird thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess I meant comparing the previous and new incarnations of the Core 2 Duo. Though I'd also be interested in what anyone has to say about the new Core i5s and i7s.
     
  5. camgrant84 macrumors member

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    I have an I7. My first Mac.

    It's pretty much silent. CD drive can be heard on startup and when in use. That's about it
     
  6. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    i have 3 AL and 1 white iMac

    not sure how anything could be quieter, I cant hear mine at all.

    I never hear the CD/DVD at startup, cause I never shut mine down?

    What are you using now? How loud is it? Are you in someplace that you cant have a loud computer? turn up your itunes volume?
     
  7. Alan64 macrumors member

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    True for my i5, except I've only started it up once and I'm not sure if there was a DVD drive noise or not. There certainly is when a disc is inserted. Otherwise the machine's very quite. I still have my 2002 Dell PC next to the Mac since I'm transfering files over, and that thing is very loud (both the fan and a noisy hard drive). I can't wait to finish with it so I can pull the newer, secondary hard drive and recycle the rest of it!
     
  8. Thunderbird thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How do all your AL iMacs compare? Are they all pretty much the same noise-wise? Is your white iMac any different?

    The PC box I have now is a custom built for silence (rated 12 dBA/1meter). However it's getting old, and I want to switch, but need something that's not going to be too much noisier.
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    if theres a difference between them, i cant tell

    Im sitting 18" in front of the 24" right now, I hear nothing.

    Well I hear the wife yelling at me from across the house...
     
  10. s3e3 macrumors member

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    I went from a G5 to a 27" Imac and noticed a huge difference. It's much better!
     
  11. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Yes. My 27" iMac is much quieter than my previous iMac. Only the sound of the CD running can be heard.
     
  12. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

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    I have a G5 white iMac and a 24" alu iMac. the G5 is significantly louder - with a general 'hum' that rises and falls dependent on what you are doing - than the 24", which I can barely hear except for when I use a CD/DVD.
    Vanilla
     
  13. Thunderbird thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What was your previous iMac? And could you possibly say a little bit more about what you mean by much louder?

    Thanks.
     

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