Is your Macbook Pro silent?

Do you hear you MBP's fans when they're at their lowest setting?

  • My MBP fans are silent during light use

    Votes: 94 87.0%
  • My MBP fans are audible during light use

    Votes: 14 13.0%

  • Total voters
    108

powz

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 24, 2007
198
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For those who own an MBP, is it silent or do you hear the fans during light use (i.e. when the fans are at their lowest)?

Thanks for your input!
 

queshy

macrumors 68040
Apr 2, 2005
3,687
3
Mine is definitely not DEAD silent but it's pretty quiet. Fans are usually around 2000 rpm. You can definitely hear it in a quiet room (definitely not in a lecture room though...)
 
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D1G1T4L

macrumors 68000
Jun 26, 2007
1,707
80
Savannah, GA
Fans are at 2000 RPM and can't hear them at all. Guess if I turned off the TV and made the room totally silent I would hear something but I would HAVE to listen for them.
 
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KingYaba

macrumors 68040
Aug 7, 2005
3,416
12
Up the irons
Working on my PowerPoint presentation at 4:00 AM today I could hear the faint hum of the fans in my Macbook Pro. Both were running at 1998rpm and at 4:00 AM anything is audible. This thing runs like a champ.
 
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bobcan

macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2007
680
5
Sunny but Cold.. Canada
2 month Old stock MBP 2.4/160GB...

I got a 2 month Old stock MBP 2.4/160GB...

Fans are usually 2000 RPM; a bit of HD if lots of files movin' but really pretty darn quiet...:cool:
 
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squeeks

macrumors 68040
Jun 19, 2007
3,392
15
Florida
if i hold my ear about an inch away from it i can hear a faint sound coming from it...i love it:D
 
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erandall38

macrumors 6502
Jun 24, 2007
455
0
mine is loud. Even with normal use. When it is on a table it makes a vibrating noise. Any thing to do about this?
 
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torpy

macrumors regular
Jul 28, 2007
122
0
Sydney + Los Angeles
Under light use (fan's running at 2k RPM) it's pretty much inaudible during most of the day, however you can definitely hear a light 'hum' during the dead of night.

I'm not complaining though, it helps me keep my sanity when working on those all-nighters, dead silence kills me ;)
 
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powz

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 24, 2007
198
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Wow, thanks for the great response! Please keep it coming.

I'm surprised by the vast majority of people who said their MBP is dead silent! Is this the case even in a quite room when you're sitting right in front of your MBP? I can definitely hear a low hum/whirr with mine in this situation so I guess mine may be a bit abnormal.
 
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DaLurker

macrumors 6502
Mar 30, 2006
364
0
Wow, thanks for the great response! Please keep it coming.

I'm surprised by the vast majority of people who said their MBP is dead silent! Is this the case even in a quite room when you're sitting right in front of your MBP? I can definitely hear a low hum/whirr with mine in this situation so I guess mine may be a bit abnormal.
Well in a quiet room I can hear it, but that's expected. You need some air moving through the darned thing :)
 
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DavoMrMac

macrumors 6502
Oct 9, 2005
319
0
My fans stick ayt around 2,000RPM too. You hardly notice any sound, so very happy camper.
 
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pna

macrumors 6502
May 27, 2005
318
0
I've got a 2.0 ghz core duo, and it's very, very quiet. I'm painfully obsessive about silence in my computers. I've wasted more time than I care to think about trying to rig up silent desktops that would do everything I wanted them to. The mbp beats (almost) all of them for quietness, and destroys them on functionality. It's quieter than my mac mini, as well. Fans are normally around 1000 rpm. I still notice the quiet whoosh of the fans when in a very quiet room, and wish even that wasn't there, but it's really fine. More irritating is the regular parking of the heads that the 160 gb WD scorpio I dropped in there does, but even that I've come to live with. The only noise that really bothers me out of this machine is the very high pitched hissing noise when both cores are idle and the AC adapter is connected. Most times when that's occurring, I just shut down one core and silence returns, or turn on photobooth if I really need both cores to be active.
 
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Marky_Mark

macrumors 6502a
Sep 30, 2005
810
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UK
How do you shut down cores? I didn't know you could do that. Does it save much power / extend the battery life?

Cheers
 
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Blubbert

macrumors 6502
Nov 1, 2006
426
0
My MBP is not too loud unless i play games on it or do video conversion. I keep my fans running at atleast 3000 RPM though. It might not be dead silent, but atleast i dont have any burns on my thighs :D .
 
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pna

macrumors 6502
May 27, 2005
318
0
How do you shut down cores? I didn't know you could do that. Does it save much power / extend the battery life?

Cheers
You download the CHUD tools from apple's site. They're free for anyone to download.

http://developer.apple.com/tools/download/

Basically it just gives you a tool that shows you the load on each of the cores, and allows you to turn one of them off, or back on. It's unsurprising, but still a good reality check, that I almost *never* notice a difference in usage when I've got one core shut down. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have much impact on battery life at all, though I've done no controlled tests. I'm sure it has some impact, but probably nothing to get excited about. I take that as a sign that the power management of the Core series is quite good.
 
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bmat

macrumors 6502
Nov 24, 2004
450
2
East Coast, USA
when the fans are at 2000 rpms, just occasionally hear the HD or the superdrive (if i'm using it, then it's loud). But when the fans are going at a relatively high rate, it's anything but silent (nor did I expect it to be).
 
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