How quiet should the 27" iMac be running?

Libertine Lush

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Original poster
Nov 23, 2009
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Hi everyone,

How quiet should the new 27" iMac's be running? Mine is fairly quiet but not silent. I recall reading a review prior to buying that had said it runs silent, so I'd like to make sure I don't have a defective system. I can hearing a very slight persistent sound. It's so slight I don't know how to describe it accurately--sounds like it could be a bit like a buzzing or a rotating sound. Or perhaps it's just normal operational sound?

The HD will also make some sounds like it's reading something even when I'm not really doing anything. Is that normal?

Thank you.
 

BelowTheBelt

macrumors regular
Aug 16, 2009
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Hi everyone,

How quiet should the new 27" iMac's be running? Mine is fairly quiet but not silent. I recall reading a review prior to buying that had said it runs silent, so I'd like to make sure I don't have a defective system. I can hearing a very slight persistent sound. It's so slight I don't know how to describe it accurately--sounds like it could be a bit like a buzzing or a rotating sound. Or perhaps it's just normal operational sound?

The HD will also make some sounds like it's reading something even when I'm not really doing anything. Is that normal?

Thank you.
I can not hear mine running at all mate, unless I am stressing it to encode video; then the fans will kick in a little.

I have the i7 model and it's absolutely flawless & it sounds like your machine is one of the same.

Normal is a setting on a dishwasher mate ;-)
 

frenchie0101

macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2009
283
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Hi everyone,

How quiet should the new 27" iMac's be running? Mine is fairly quiet but not silent. I recall reading a review prior to buying that had said it runs silent, so I'd like to make sure I don't have a defective system. I can hearing a very slight persistent sound. It's so slight I don't know how to describe it accurately--sounds like it could be a bit like a buzzing or a rotating sound. Or perhaps it's just normal operational sound?

The HD will also make some sounds like it's reading something even when I'm not really doing anything. Is that normal?

Thank you.
might be worth reading the "27" iMac HDD noise" thread about your HDD
 

Libertine Lush

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 23, 2009
679
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Thanks. I took a look at the thread. I don't have that very clear ticking or grumbling sound most in there mention. Mine is barely audible. So it could just be normal.
 
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