Mac mini 2012 Server - Base fan speed

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by opinio, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    Can someone who has an actual late 2012 Mac mini Server (I7-3615QM or I7-3720QM) let me know what the base default fan speed is? When I say 'actual' I mean an actual Server edition ordered from Apple and not a standard mini with two drives.

    My 2011 Server runs at 2200rpm. Does the 2012 Server edition run at the same base speed as the non-server model (1800rpm) or faster?

  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    My i5 non server is 1800
    My i7 server is 2200
    Both 2012

    Can't hear either if I'm honest
  3. opinio thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    My i7 non server runs at 1800. This means OS X (or the SMC?) is giving the 2012 server model a faster base fan speed as well. Either because of the potential higher work or the fact that it has two drives.

    Thanks for that info.
  4. sublunar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Does this mean in theory that an i5 model idles quieter than the i7 Server? And they both as loud as each other at load?
  5. opinio thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    I would replace the word 'quieter' with the word 'lower' and agree and say yes they are both the same at load (5500).

    I don't think there is any difference with fan sound between 1800 and 2200. Other's might differ on that but I certainly would not say 1800 is quieter than 2200.
  6. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Honestly you'd have to hold your ear up to the machine to tell the difference between 1800 and 2200. The noise becomes noticible for me around 3000.
  7. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    I can hear a difference - our house is very quiet. At 1800 idle speed I hear the mechanical HDD (now replaced with SSD), at 2200 the sound of the fan is about the same as the HDD noise, at higher speeds the fan is louder than the HDD.

    Check the Apple specs:

    Attached Files:

  8. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    My home 2.3 Quad i7 non-server is at 1800. My work 2.6 Quad i7 server model with 2 1TB, 7200 RPM drives in it is also 1800.

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