How's the noise level on the new Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Kahnyl, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    #1
    With that tight aluminum enclosure are the fans kicking in more?

    Is it more or less noisy than the last model?
     
  2. WilliamG macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle
    #3
    Well I'm confused by Apple touting the new mini as 14db. Why tout something that's worse than the previous gen? That's 4 db louder than the 2.26Ghz and 1db louder than even the 2.53ghz previous models!

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP577
     
  3. CWallace macrumors 603

    CWallace

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    #4
    The built-in power supply likely generates additional heat which needs to be actively vented by fans.
     
  4. WilliamG macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle
    #5
    I'd have have had an external power brick, then. In any case, I have a 2009 mini so when my 2010 arrives, I'll compare them and see...
     
  5. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

    SchneiderMan

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Location:
    Apple state
    #6
    Fans never kicked in, it's very quiet. Just like the old Mini..
     
  6. WilliamG macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle
    #7
    Fan always runs on all minis. At all times.
     
  7. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

    Kebabselector

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    #8
    He probably meant they didn't kick in above the usual speed. I did check a Mini in store today, using iStat noticed the fan runs at 1,800rpm, compared to my previous mini at 1,500rpm. The Mini was up for 4 hours, probably not much use - but it was quite cool. The shops Air-con might be a factor.
     
  8. scenemissing macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2010
    #9
    Checked one at the store today. As far as I could tell it was completely silent, even with my ear next to it. Of course, there was store music and customer chatter, so the test was flawed, but from what I could tell it was very quiet.
     
  9. mmomega macrumors demi-god

    mmomega

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2009
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    #10
    What noise? What heat ?
    Seriously though , mine is verrrrrrrry quiet
    The fan IS always on, remove the access panel and turn it on, fan comes on instantly. Even with my ear 2-3" away from the fan itself you can barely hear it.
    And mine stays right at ambient temp, but the house stays at 68-70 deg in North TX.
     
  10. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    #11
    Well, if it's 1dB 'louder' than the 2009 Mini, then it's very quiet indeed.

    My 2009 Mini, in the dead of night, in a silent room, makes a very subtle noise. By day, when anything else is generating any noise anywhere nearby, you won't hear it.

    I'll add one caveat... when the 2009 Mini is being made to work harder, for instance during a very graphics-intensive moment, the fan kicks-up a notch and makes some degree of noise. But seriously - 99% of the time, I don't hear it.
     
  11. imacdaddy macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    #12
    I can't hear a thing until I put my ear close it (like 2cm away)
     
  12. thefaceless macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Location:
    England, UK
    #13
    Fan usually hovers around 1800rpm on mine, never seen it go above 2000, and that was when I was using it a lot yesterday when it was a really hot day. Can't hear the fan at all.
     
  13. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

    pvmacguy

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Location:
    Jax
    #14
    Just got mine and I'm super impressed with the cooling performance. Fan never rev's up and didn't ever get probably above 2k when doing a transfer from time machine either.
     
  14. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    #15
    It's very quiet. I'd say that when it's on full blast, it's quieter than my G4 on full blast.

    Also of note is that the processor doesn't get as warm as some of the notebooks'. The temperature seems to top at 81*F when I ran two yes > /dev/null & processes while browsing the web.
     
  15. bamf macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    #16
    I haven't even really heard mine yet. Better yet though, my wife doesn't hear it - so she's happy.
     
  16. Osamede macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2009
    #17
    You shouldnt have had to add the caveat. Apple gave the 14db number, then asterisked it saying it was a measurement at idle. But did not give the max number. Weasel move unfortunately, which probably wasnt necessary as there are few full fledged PCs that could compete on degree of quietness at full tilt.
     
  17. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    #18
    Woah... sorry... can I clarify... are you accusing Apple of a "weasel move", or me?

    Speaking for what I posted, I was simply trying to be accurate.
     
  18. Osamede macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2009
    #19
    Not you - apple - as they should have stated the full set of data in the first place. I didnt see the point of stating only min when they know folks would like to see both min and max. It is a bit chicken, as they would probably come out well on it anyway. A bit like companies saying their laptop is XYZ "thin", using a number taken from the smallest point in the unt and ignoring all else.
     
  19. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    #20
    Right, gotcha. I thought you probably meant that, but when I read it at first it was slightly ambiguous to me.

    Yeah, well, Apple are all about "the good news", aren't they? The bad news, well, they leave you to figure out for yourself... not that they're alone in that, as a technology supplier!
     
  20. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

    pvmacguy

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Location:
    Jax
    #21
    Made a short little video on my iPhone of the fan speed from 2300 to 6000. You can barely hear it in the beginning but it comes to life at full speed. Sorry for the crappy quality but might give someone an idea.

    YouTube video of fan speeds
     
  21. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

    QuantumLo0p

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2006
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    #22
    No noise and no heat, either!

    My formerly trusty dual 2.7 LC G5 PowerMac gave up the ghost so I bought a Mini...

    The new Mini is seriously quiet; I can only barely hear the fan when I put my ear right next to the enclosure. Words cannot describe what a joy this is compared to my old PowerMac. No more jet-air-liner-take-offs during startup or during heavy graphics usage. I love it!

    Btw, it does not run hot either. When I heard there was no power brick I was over joyed and apprehensive at the same time. At the local Apple store I checked them out and they were room temperature. Mine has been on all night and I have the same result.
     
  22. indg macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2007
    #23
    looks like most people agree the new mac mini is quiet. but has anyone else noticed that the fan speed never changes from 1800 rpm (give or take a few rpm) regardless of how hot it gets inside?

    i've started a thread regarding this issue:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=943010
     
  23. thefaceless macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    Location:
    England, UK
    #24
    Generally mine stays around 1800rpm but it has gone up past 2000rpm on its own when the temp was about 60 degrees plus yesterday. I haven't exactly been stressing it much though.
     

Share This Page