'Loud" iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zarley, May 24, 2008.

  1. zarley macrumors member

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    I have a 2.8ghz 24" w NVIDIA 8800GS and the fan sounds loud. Anyone else experiencing this? What gives?
     
  2. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

    phalewhale

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    I have the 3.06GHz model and I find mine loud. At least it is louder than my previous 2.8GHz Extreme with the Radeon 2600. When I say louder I don't mean the machine is mega loud, just that it is noticeably louder than my previous mac. Right now, I can't really hear it unless I stop to listen. However, when night falls in a few hours I will notice the iMac without having to try and listen to it.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with mine - i just think that's how loud the fans are. They are spinning at just under 1200rpm according to iStat Pro
     
  3. JCCash macrumors regular

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    I just bought the 3.06 iMac and compared to my PC tower, I can't even hear it. It's nice to have some peace at last...
     
  4. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

    phalewhale

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    Agreed. Most PCs are noisy beasts. This is bliss compared to my mate's old Multivision PC!!! But... it's still less bliss than my previous iMac. I guess that's the price I pay for wanting the latest graphics card. :confused:

    Unless of course, this is more to do with the "montevina" style chipset???
    :confused:
     
  5. JCCash macrumors regular

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    Do to hearing AC in my house I have to move my ear close the the iMac in order to hear the fan. I do hear the CD/DVD drive when it starts up.
     
  6. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

    phalewhale

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    Yeah, I noticed this too. Again, I never noticed this on my previous iMac. I think it's a different drive unit to the previous one. Can't remember the name of it though.
     
  7. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

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    you also have to consider that PC desktops are usually under the table in a cabinet so the perceived noise level is not as high. iMacs are on top of the desk unobstructed where the fans are running at head/ear level so it's easier to hear the fans.
     
  8. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

    phalewhale

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    So that means the new Mac Pro, tucked away neatly under a desk would be completely inaudible!

    Still, I don't mean to go on but my previous iMac was quieter than this one. It was in the same position too...
     

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