Is the i3 silent?

InfiniteLoopy

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I’m thinking of getting an i3 for light work (mainly text and light photo editing).

Is the i3’s fan quiet at all times with light loads and when sleeping?

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russell_314

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The i3 should be silent but like any computer if you push it the fan will ramp up. The fan isn't loud but you can hear it. Of course I don't think any computer is completely silent. If I put my ear against it I can hear something.
 

TonyK

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My wife's new i7 is silent. Transferred 207GB of data and did not hear any noise from it.
 

EightyTwenty

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Certain people have complained of “coil whine” with the 2018 Mini. I had never heard the noise or that term in my life, but it started popping up on computers forums a few years ago and now lots of people swear they hear “coil whine” from their computers apparently (MAC and PC).
 
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ixxx69

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Certain people have complained of “coil whine” with the 2018 Mini. I had never heard the noise or that term in my life, but it started popping up on computers forums a few years ago and now lots of people swear they hear “coil whine” from their computers apparently (MAC and PC).
Maybe we shouldn’t spread FUD on behalf of others than?
 

brentsg

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Certain people have complained of “coil whine” with the 2018 Mini. I had never heard the noise or that term in my life, but it started popping up on computers forums a few years ago and now lots of people swear they hear “coil whine” from their computers apparently (MAC and PC).
It has generally been on the GPU side but it's quite real.
 

EightyTwenty

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It has generally been on the GPU side but it's quite real.
It’s funny you say that, because most people say it’s caused by the CPU, many people say it’s caused by the SSD, and some say it’s caused by the GPU.

It may be real, but all I’m saying is I’ve been using computers since 1995 and I’d never heard of the term “coil whine” in my life until a couple years ago.
 
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Duncan68

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It’s funny you say that, because most people say it’s caused by the CPU, many people say it’s caused by the SSD, and some say it’s caused by the GPU.

It may be real, but all I’m saying is I’ve been using computers since 1995 and I’d never heard of the term “coil whine” in my life until a couple years ago.
And you've never heard the whining of Apple customers before? ;)
 
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brentsg

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It’s funny you say that, because most people say it’s caused by the CPU, many people say it’s caused by the SSD, and some say it’s caused by the GPU.

It may be real, but all I’m saying is I’ve been using computers since 1995 and I’d never heard of the term “coil whine” in my life until a couple years ago.
It can technically be any of them, though I've not experienced this with a CPU. The reason it's most often the GPU is that some games will let the frame rate spike to unrealistic levels during level loading or cut scenes, so the FPS can get into the thousands of frames per second and then the GPU will whine like crazy (if it's a sample prone to do so). The solution in this case is to cap the framerate, or course.

Sometimes it's induced by the combo of a particular GPU/power supply as well.