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macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 2, 2019
hi friends. I need a new imac. apart from light video and photo editing I do a lot of world of warcraft wow gaming. my current late 2013 imac has some medium fan noise under os x and some heavy noise in bootcamp (with better fps). I am worried that fan noise is bad with the new imac if I play for hours. I briefly had the first 5k imac in 2015 and returned it because it was so loud with gaming, even after 2 minutes. any experience with the new imac? otherwise I‘ll get the imac pro which would be overkill...


macrumors newbie
May 4, 2019
Well, I don't have an i9 but I do have the vega 48 with the i5. I play wow classic in 5K resolution in macos. Most of the time the fan remains at idle (1200 rpm). Occasionally in heavily populated areas like the capital cities, the fan will go up to 1400-1600 rpm. You can hear it, but it's not really bothersome.

Juicy Box

macrumors 604
Sep 23, 2014
I play WoW Classic with the highest graphic settings with a BTO Late 2012 27" iMac with the i7 and 2GB 680MX GPU using the macOS and hardly ever hear the fan, although I do hear it sometimes and it is usually not loud.

I am a little surprised that this would even be an issue with the 2019 iMac.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 12, 2016
I play CS:GO and the fans stay pretty quite, but I imagine with more modern AAA titles, the fans will get loud. I plan to buy the new Modern Warfare soon and will let you know how it sounds with my i9 / Vega 48. Could always just wear some noise cancelling headphones while gaming if you’re that concerned though. Fan noise is one of the easiest sounds for noise cancelling headphones to cancel out.
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