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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by entatlrg, Jun 29, 2009.
Does your Mac Pro run silent or do you often hear the fans?
I often hear the fans.. but I am always listening to music, so I dont really care too much. And when my MBP isnt running too hot, and I am not in the mood of music, I just put the fans down a bit
The fans always spin, hence not silent.
It depends on your environment, your other background noises may be louder than the fans in which case it may *seem* silent, subjectively.
Mine is really quite. I hear the graphics card spin up on a restart, and occasionally under a heavy load but not often. Also anything with the optical drives makes a bit of noise but not enough to really be a problem.
I want my MP and the components inside not to break and I want my software to run in a cool and STABLE environment. Therefor my MP makes noise! smcFanControl!
If you need silent running than get a sound-proof cabinet made for that. Making MPs quiet by running them too hot is the worst thing Apple has ever done since I have been watching. Or I dunno, EFI was a pretty bad move too I suppose.
the loudest component of my mac pro by far is my 2600XT (well 2 of them)
the fans themselves never get above a whisper, except for the GPU
Yeah - If my G5 didn't make noise, I would be scared! People say that its a "vacuum cleaner", but that's nowhere near the real story. For a while I had a really loud sound I thought was a fan with a bad magnet, but it turned out to be the HDD not firmly in place ! Considering the mount in the G5, I can see how a lot of people would have this problem.
Also, EFI was a pretty poor move IMO; it would make flashing cards a lot easier if one didn't have that bovine scatology> If the OFWG had kept their side of the deal up, we could at least have seen some nicer equipment still using OpenFirmware.
SMC fan control rules, yes it's loud, it's a WORKING machine.
I only hear the fans spinning momentarily at turn on. Heck, the fan and the drives in my NAS make far more noise, as do the external disks that are sometimes plugged in.
The quietness of my Early '08 MP was jaw-dropping compared to the 7-year old, 4-fan-cooled, dual AMD cpu Wintel box it replaced.
Exactly my thoughts, I turn the fans up on my MP when I'm doing basically anything intensive, as I want to keep it cool, regardless if it doesnt want to keep itself cool.
I haven't heard a G5 go off. The 2006 and 2008 machines are completely silent tho. Of course the drives are 50C and the CPU hits 75C to 80C pretty much just by moving the mouse. This is very very poor engineering. Over in the dev channel at Apple we've nagged them to death about it too. They have tried twice therefrom to formulate a proper revision of the system cooling but I think they failed. They may have gotten it right with the 2009 models tho. I hear they are actually audible. For previous models smcFanControl or Fan Control, will save the day tho.
Exactly. All this flashing stuff. What a nuisance. And what for? Did they think people couldn't or wouldn't? I think it actually hurts their sales. They would nab the same bunch of consumers just stating policy to the affect that 3rd party added cards will not be supported. <shrug>
MacPro4,1. Silent on Mac OS X. Not silent on Bootcamp/Vista -- I think it's the video card fan that is making the noise in Vista.
Actually, the Superdrive is obnoxiously loud when reading and writing on both OS X and Vista.
I hardly hear mine at all. Most of the time I wouldn't even know it's there. The only sound I hear is when I am burning a CD.
This is pretty much my experience. The machine itself is a whisper, except for GPU making a huge noise on startup. And whenever I do anything with the optical drives, they make a huge noise.
(Although, they're probably just as loud as any other optical drive...it's just that the machine is relatively quiet the rest of the time)
I've never seen my machine get above 45C with the fan at the original RPM.
I hardly hear anything form my 2009 MP except sometimes the HDs and any spinning optical media.
My Raptors are loud, but that doesn't bother me. I rarely hear any other noise from it.
There are different levels of noise in the environment where the machine is, and also different levels of hearing sensitivity in people.
The fact is, the Mac Pro does make a consistent noise. When it's on and operating, it makes noise. If you have a dead silent room, and a Mac Pro, when you put it to sleep, it feels like you were inside a car and the engine was just turned off.
That being said, in most average environments, it doesn't stand out as obnoxiously noisy.
A bit louder since I popped in a 4870 but... still quite compared to many of the gaming PC rigs I've run in the past...
I was going to say this ... my NAS is louder than my MP.
It depends on what peoject im working on. Working with flash makes the mac go crazy. But if im just browsing the internet its pretty quiet.
There ARE exceptions. Usually some guy operating up at the North Pole but hey...
Also sometimes "never seen" means never looked.
I live in Kansas, which is currently averaging 95F, or 35C for you metric guys. No North Pole for me. And I look every single day. Usually at least once or twice an hour.
The fans might be quite but right now I'm at 64º Celsius on CPU A and 52º on CPU B.
Like I said I see exceptions like this posted from time to time. <shrug>