Mac Mini Fan Noise

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by nikeman11, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. nikeman11 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2012
    I am new to the forum and just purchased a 2011 Mini Server. Really enjoying what this baby can do compared to my early '08 mbp. One question I have that hopefully someone can help a newbie out on is fan noise. I downloaded handbrake and started an encode and wow is this how the fan is supposed to sound. Didn't know it would scream like that. Is this normal? Just wondering if this is server specific since it has the quad-core and if the dual-cores are quieter. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    It's normal. If the fan didn't sound like that, the machine would overheat and shutdown.
  3. rainking macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    Johnson City, NY
    Normal. My quad core (hyper threaded - 8 virtual cores) MBP does the same thing. Handbrake uses all cores to the max thus needing the fan at full blast to keep the processor cool.
  4. nikeman11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2012

    Thanks. I didn't want something to be wrong right off the bat.
  5. Sirolway macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    Normal when you're running something like Handbrake.
    Usually it's a quiet little (powerful) mouse.
  6. gizms12 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    I thought this thread was about fans of the mini making some noise but instead it’s about the mini’s fan making noise, any way.

    My mini is quite quiet until Handbrake and/or one of my other processor heavy programs (mostly 3D model rendering) is deployed, at which time the beast roars with the power of a lion.

    Mini Fans, make some noise! MINI, Mini, mini, ok I'm over it:p
  7. PiroPhosphoric macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    I have had a 2010 Mm server coreduo as mediacenter for more than a year, recently replaced with a 2011 Mm server quadcore i7 in the same place.

    Following this forum guides, I improve the ventilation elevating the Mm with four small caps.

    And I've found a terrible fan noise in between a Plex both mt2s and mkv reproduction, over normal audio soundtrack.

    I'm thinking in changing back to the 2010 Mm.

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