How loud is the Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dbam987, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. dbam987 macrumors regular

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    Just a quick question here, how loud does the Mac Mini get? Does it have a fan-less design?
     
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  3. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    As loud as a feather dropping in a deserted forest.
    Ok maybe not that quiet, but I'd say less than 20 dB (that's very quiet).
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    It's whisper quiet. It does have a fan but that is rather silent. The DVD drive makes a lot of noise, however.
     
  5. Flyer0815 macrumors 6502

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    We have these in the office and they are dead silent. Cant even tell they are on!
     
  6. XianPalin macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I was amazed when I got my mini. My PC sounds like a jet engine, you can't even hear the mini. The only time you ever hear it is a) if you have a cd-rom in the drive (obviously), or b) if you max out the processor for a little bit you will barely hear the fan. I have a ministack drive and that is fairly noisy, can't hear the mini over that at all.
     
  7. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    Thankfully it has a little LED on the front so I can tell it is on...
     
  8. iTeen macrumors 65816

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    does the mini have speakers built in?
    just a quick question...
     
  9. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it has one in the front just like every headless Mac.

    The mini is a pretty quiet computer. When you run it at full tilt for a while in a hot room it's sound level increases dramatically (blowers type fans tend to be loud).
     
  10. dbam987 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How does that speaker sound on the Mini? Thats an added plus I didn't know about... :)
     
  11. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    The only time mine ever got loud was when running HandBrake. The optical drive spun up and the fan had to kick in some. They're NOWHERE near as loud as any PC. My mom's PC sounds like a lawn mower running over concrete at times. The Mini sounds more like a 2-inch fan. In fact, my Western Digital external hard drive makes more noise.
     
  12. eXan macrumors 601

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    Just like a built-in mono speaker :rolleyes: Also, its VERY quite. (speaker I mean, not mini)
     
  13. FatSweatyBlldog macrumors regular

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    In short, very quiet. Fan usually runs at around 1500rpms. Around 2400rpms when watching HD TV using an eyeTV (w/ one core at 50-60%load on a 1.83 CD). 2400rpms is getting noticeable, but only if you turned the volume down from whatever you were watching.

    The ministack on the other hand, sounds like a jet engine. They really need to get a fan control program for that enclosure, b/c the fan is way too loud compared to the mini.
     
  14. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    The mini is very quiet (aka basically silent) typically, but if you are doing heavy CPU then the fan will spin up and you can actually hear it.

    The optical can be heard and the Superdrive seems quite a bit louder than the Combo in the other unit.
     
  15. Maxime macrumors regular

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    It's pretty much dead silent.
     
  16. OllyW Moderator

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    I can hardly hear mine from where I sit, which is with the mini about 2 feet away.
     
  17. dbam987 thread starter macrumors regular

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    One more Q

    does anyone have the lacie external hard drive that sits under the mini? I am wondering on how loud that could get...

    Thanks for all the responses! They all help in my decision to get the mini.
     
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  19. Q-Dog macrumors 6502

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    I just got a Mini yesterday (got a good deal on a refurb from Apple) and this thing is very quiet. My GFs MacBook Pro has a louder fan. As others have said, the DVD/CD drive can get loud, but it is quiet when playing a movie from DVD.

    I have the Mini hooked up to a TV/LCD, and it seems to be the perfect machine for moderate computing and watching movies. Front Row is a fantastic feature.

    I'm gonna push this thing to find its limits, but so far I am VERY happy with it.
     
  20. err404 macrumors 68020

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    For being the black sheep of the apple line-up, it's a very impressive little machine
     

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