How is Mac Mini noise level? And 30" display?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by lily69, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. lily69 macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
    I am thinking getting a Mac Mini, not sure how is it's fan and harddisk noise level compares to iMac?

    EDIT: Oh, by the way, I wish it works with 30" Apple display @ 2560x1600, I know I need adapter thing, but is Apple $99 adaptor the only choice? Any cheaper ones?
  2. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    As far as the noise level goes, you won't hear the machine unless you're in a totally silent room, unless there is a CD in the drive.
  3. mangrove macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    FL, USA
    I cannot hear mine in a closed room with no other noise except the central air conditioner. Also do not hear my iMac in the same room when its on.

    My Mini drives my HP ZR30W IPS monitor just fine. I decided to buy a miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter 6" for $15 from KanexLive. Works great.
  4. indg macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    in a fairly quiet room, you'll hear the hard drive clicking when it's doing its thing, but you could say that for just about any computer that sits on your desk. i guess you can replace the hdd with a quieter one if it really bothers you though.

    fan noise is whisper quiet at the default 1800rpm, so you won't hear much of it until it starts spinning faster.
  5. BlindSoul macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2010
    My friend has an iMac and i can say the Mac Mini is less noisy... I just don't even hear it.
  6. dashphire macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    I have the new mac mini (2010) connected to a 27 inch 720p HDTV and it's whisper quiet. I faintly hear the hard disk clicking when my room is absolutely quiet.
  7. ashiyajoe macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    I have the server (2010), it is very quiet. You can only hear the fan if you put your ear near the mini, approx 5 inches away.
  8. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2005
    I would say that the Mac mini (2010) is basically a silent machine, unless there is a CD/DVD inside, where it will make noise but still less so than a Macbook Pro. I installed an SDD in mine so its basically a silent machine. Very pleased with it.
  9. lily69 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
    Thanks for all replies, that's good news!

    So I don't need any adapter, is HP 2560x1600? I read through all Mac Mini 2010 specs, nowhere it mentions dual link.
  10. mangrove macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    FL, USA
    Yes, the HP is 2560x1600. It has DisplayPort not Mini DisplayPort-that's why I bought the adapter cable from Kanex. I use the Mini's MiniDisplayPort for the HP with the Kanex cable. The Mini outputs 2560x1600 through the MiniDisplayPort.

    Check out the HP-Small Bus site. It comes w 3yr warranty extendable to 5 yrs. Also it comes with a Dual Link DIV cable, USB cable (it can be a USB hub if you want) and a DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. I like the matte screen it has-and boy is it BIG! I always have 2 pages/windows open side by side.

    It makes my Mini a real joy to use.
  11. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Although I have not tested this- I have found HDMI to dual link DVI adapters for like $15. Just google it. I don't see why they wouldnt work...
  12. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Yes it does work with the Apple 30" display but you do need the Apple adapter to use it since unlike the HP mentioned by mangrove, the Apple screen only has dual link DVI input capability and not display port. You can sometimes get the adapter for much less if you hunt around though. I got mine for only £12.49 delivered second hand from eBay (UK list price is £69). The hard disk is also incredibly quiet. I've got a 2009 model and it's been serving as a lounge computer with my TV for over a year now and I've never heard it.
  13. WilliamBos macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Innisfil, ON

    Sweet!! My PC is so loud, it could keep people from falling asleep. Will eventually be replaced by a mini.
  14. rgs92 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2010
    Well I sure hear mine. It's under my desk on the floor and it has a low but annoying somewhat high-pitch whirrrrr sound, the fan I guess. I would put in a solid state drive just to stop this. I have the 2 hard-drive server model. Is the regular model any quieter? Thanks.
  15. analogkid macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2003
    That doesn't sound normal.

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