G3 iMac

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by -Ken-, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. -Ken- macrumors regular

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    I grabbed a few iMacs off eBay recently, I was wondering if these (slot loading 600 mhz) were completely silent like the older G3 iMacs? I used one years ago and remember it being nearly silent with the obvious exceptions of the CD drive and hard drive. I assume they're convection cooled? Is the graphics card silent as well? Are they all like this?

    They'll be arriving at my doorstep on Wednesday, can't wait. :D
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    All slot loading G3 iMacs are convection cooled and are completely silent. Apple's only other post 2000 computer to do this it the G4 Cube.
     
  3. -Ken- thread starter macrumors regular

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    i used to own one....only sound i could hear was very mild hum,but you had to be right up at it....

    what you gonna load on them? i had tiger on mine,was ok for basic internet
     
  5. -Ken- thread starter macrumors regular

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    These apparently already have Tiger loaded on them and 512 MB of RAM and 80 Gig hard drives, so the work has already been done.
     
  6. MacHamster68, Mar 21, 2011
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    great little Mac's these slot loader iMac's , i love my two ...
    and yes with the right sort of harddrive you really need to press your ear right on the case to hear a bit of a humming noise caused by the harddrive otherwise complete silence so long you dont get the idea using the optical drive to install something , playing movies from that drive (if you got a dvd drive fitted ) isn't loud at all , its only when installers are searching the disc for something then its more the noise of a coffee mill ,
    but thats the same ona iMac G5 i had and on my iMac intel core duo , when i installed everything from my disc's ,i thought first that apple had fitted a disc shredder instead and was scared , but no the noise is only irritating it really was a optical drive fitted inside , but thats how they are in iMac's these optical drives :confused:
     
  7. mark-mcd macrumors newbie

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    I just got one of these (Graphite 500mhz DV SE model) for dirt cheap too (£10.50!). I intend to stick it in the garage and use it as a music player!

    To answer your question it is indeed fanless and should be more or less silent. The issue I have is that the original 30GB Maxtor hard drive sounds like a jet turbine with marbles in it - let's hope your drives are quieter ;)
     
  8. -Ken- thread starter macrumors regular

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    They are silent now! New hard drives from Newegg fixed that :D
     

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