How silent is your new MacBook Pro? Need advice...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by maxap, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. maxap macrumors 6502

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    Hi guys!

    I am thinking about a new iMac or a coming new model of MacBook Pro.

    Can anybody tell me how silent his MacBook Pro of the current generation is? Is it completely silent or is it just quiet, but you still can hear the fans spinning?

    Help plz.... :(
     
  2. *Sandy* macrumors 6502

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    Mine you can hear the fans, my MB is dead silent.
     
  3. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thx... I still have the same question: Can you hear the fans in your MacBook Pro when working in office applications/surfing on the Internet or is it competely silent????
     
  4. P Mentior macrumors regular

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    Mine is silent unless I'm playing a game or burning a disk. Unless your in a dead quiet room you wont hear the fans until they get up to 4000-5000 rpm
     
  5. Cadium macrumors member

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    Mine is dead silent all the time unless I'm doing something intensive like encoding a video.
     
  6. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    Same here, but it can get very loud when fans speed up all the way.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Can't hear the fans usually because it's drowned out by my loud HDD.
     
  8. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

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    Yes, my MBP is dead silent. But when browsing, I can hear fans on YouTube.
     
  9. Habusho macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, unless doing some cpu or graphics intensive task, you can't really hear the machine working. I have a 7200RPM drive and even that's pretty silent. When the fans come on though you hear it.
     
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    That's mine, too. Blissfully, tranquilly, quiet.
    Cheers
     
  11. hajime macrumors 68030

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    I am very sensitive to noise. Usually I don't hear the fans in my MBP working on those stuffs you mentioned. However, when it starts running 3D applications, it becomes noisy.
     
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    I'll say very quiet most of the time. But if I start working in Aperture for a while, those fans can get quite loud. However, they really only seem loud by comparison with dead silence; they're nothing like the deafening fans on my husband's Linux box. :eek:
     
  15. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    My MBP is completely quiet. Never need to worry about noise.

    Noise only becomes noticeable when I raise the fan speed with SMCFanControl to 4000rpm or more.
     
  16. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    Mine is completely quiet. I actually forget its on sometimes, opps. :)

    I think I heard it while I was burning a DVD.. but that was a while ago, so it might have been something else.
     
  17. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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    My iMac is totally quiet as well since you were asking about that. Only thing that gets loud is the DVD drive....sometimes its sounds like a helicopter that can't quite get going....grinding away. No idea why it does that on some CDs but its not very common.
     
  18. MBPgracie macrumors member

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    MacBook Pro is completly silent when idle and when performing general tasks like internet/messenger/word processing. The only time I ever hear it, and even at that it's NOTHING like my Acer notebook, is when im on photoshop or playing games.

    It really was a breath of fresh air after all my previous experiances with notbooks.
     
  19. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your answers, guys... I am still thinking about buying a new mac, but which one is a big question: iMac or a new MacBook Pro. The silence is for me the most important criterion while choosing one of them.. .Hmmm....
     
  20. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, guys, can anybody comment on the silence of his/her MacBook Pro?
    Are this machine silent while idle... I would like to buy one for working in office applications/surfing the web.
    Please, post your comments/opinions...

    Cheers! :rolleyes:
     
  21. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Yes it's silent unless you start doing heaving work on it where the CPU starts to get maxed out.

    But just browsing websites, mail, music, office apps its silent
     
  22. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I did…

    I have never used my MacBook Pro at the it's stock configuration, so I don't know how loud the original drive is and such; I just know I can't hear my fans, but I can hear my HDD.
     
  23. maxap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice to know that the MacBooks pro are silent while working in office applications etc. My old Toshiba laptop isn't silent at all and makes constantly noise... So I don't know what to expect from MBP.

    In the Apple Store I couldn't hear a thing and they seem to be silent. But it also applies to the iMac's: I had found them silent in the Apple Store, but when I bought one week ago, I had to return it today because of the annoying fan noise near my face and vibrations in the desk because of the fans....
     

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