I just got my new MBP (in my sig), and while it's not "loud" (unless the DVD drive is on at full whack), it's certainly not "nearly silent" like I read others had said, before I bought it... When I'm doing intensive stuff (Logic use, watching HD content on iTunes etc.), the fan spins up and gets quite a bit louder, which I would expect I guess. But, even when the fan is on its minimal setting when I'm just writing an email or something, it certainly still isn't "nearly silent". There's a constant fan-like noising coming from it all the time, and you could tell it was on even if quite a way from it (in a relatively quiet room), making it impossible to ever describe it is "nearly silent". Or, perhaps it's just relative, when compared to a mac pro etc (and indeed my 1.8 G5!). But, I'd say my friend's iMac (previous flat white model) is quieter. Is this normal?