Fan noise of Thunderbolt display, not MacBook Air

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Henk van Ess, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Henk van Ess macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    Got the new Thunderbolt display.

    Was bragging online about all the advantages but while writing I noticed / heard the display has a fan and it was loud!

    Didn't expect this. I thought the MBA fan would do all the hard work. But it is still silent.

    Right now I am running Spotify, Photoshop, Safari, Screenflow and iMovie. The MBA (2011) doesn't care, the temp is fine:


    Two hours after I unpacked the screen, the fan relaxed a little and the noise became less annoying.

    UPDATE: the fan of the display went silent after three hours. Anyone has the same experience? Yes, I removed all the plastic :)

    Btw, the sound of the screen is quite good... and I love that I can charge my notebook while I work with one cable.
  2. joelfreeborn macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011
    Thunderbolt Firmware update

    Have you done a software update with the new display connected? Apple have released a firmware update for Thunderbolt Displays which should solve the fan issues.
  3. mike95 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
  4. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    I'm not noticing fan noise at all with my 1.8GHZ MBA 13". Not from the display or the Air.
  5. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    My fan on my MBA is always higher than 2k rpm when I use the TBD. On average it's about 4k rpm. Has anyone experienced this? I believe it's not normal just for web browsing and mail.

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