How loud should an iMac be?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by spinstorm, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. spinstorm macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2007
    I'm not complaining about the amount of sound my new 2012 iMac makes before I say anything else.

    I've seen lots of threads about how noisy or quiet the iMacs are and honestly I have no idea what noisy is and what quiet is.

    I don't believe any computer is totally silent, even an all flash MacBook Pro because they have fans and if if they are spinning at the lowest speed they will make a noise.

    That noise probably won't be audible if there is other noise in your house, room or even outside but it will be audible if you sleep in the same room at night. because there isn't any noise then (where I live there isn't but if you live in a city that may be different).

    So what is quiet? And what is noisy?
  2. chrishe macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    how load

    i can hear the fan running all the time on my new 27 inch iMac.called apple and they say its normal?
  3. PaddyPoke, Jan 5, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013

    PaddyPoke macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2012
    I can hear the fan on my new 27" 2012 iMac. It sounds like a fan running at 1200 rpm, as it should ;) I take the people saying their iMacs are completely silent with a grain of salt.

    However my 2012 13" retina Macbook pro, DOES NOT make any fan noise/sound what-so-ever, during everyday tasks. It is completely silent.
    So it is possible. :rolleyes:

    I have a replacement iMac on the way, due to high pitched (Probably because to the power-supply) noise, so I will compare the fan sounds when it arrives.

    Other edits: forum newbie
  4. rpg51 macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2012
    My 2011 with internal SSD is

    silent 95% of the time. I love it.
  5. majkom macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    my 2011 21incher is silent, but one thing makes it little bit loud/annoying - HDD - its vibrations are transmitted via imac stand on the desk - deep brooming sound - i had to switch the desk (had one from ikea - filled with paper) for one more solid - loudness fell down, but still, I can hear it during nights...
  6. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    My external HD makes more chatter than the iMac.
  7. chrishe macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    noise from fan maybe

    the guy at apple said that it could be as the new imac is very thin and the fan could be closer to the casing so you can hear the fan more than the older iMac.
  8. Paul-B macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    27" late 2012 iMac:

    fan runs all the time. But it is soooo quiet. Sky plus box, external hard drive even the cat's purring is louder...
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    An iMac is NOT going to be "completely silent". There is a fan inside, and most units have rotating hard drives.

    As such, they are going to generate some sounds, but as a rule, they run -very- quietly. Now and then the fan might speed up when the processor is running under a heavy load, but even then, they aren't -that- "loud".

    I'm amused by those in this forum who claim that the "noise" from their iMacs (and MacBooks) is "too loud". Obviously, they haven't spent the last nine years sitting next to a PowerMac g4 tower!

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