reducing noise (was: Will my Macbook pro be noisy if I game in the library?)

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  1. Bankaimadness, Oct 18, 2011
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    Bankaimadness macrumors 6502

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    Probably be playing games such as league of legend or Heroes of might and Magic VI in the library with a macbook pro 15 inch.

    I am scared that it might be a bit noisy and all.

    any of you have any experience?
     
  2. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    lol are you serious??? It won't be that noisy but i bet the sound of you pressing the keyboard would be noisy!
     
  3. Bankaimadness thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Alright thanks for the reassurances.

    I noticed that whenever I installed things or encode videos it gets a lil noisy.
     
  4. MVRL, Oct 18, 2011
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  6. Michael383, Oct 19, 2011
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    Your MBP won't be noisy in a library. If you don't get too excited while you game you won't have a problem.
     
  7. Jrv macrumors regular

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    It's a Macbook Pro, it will buzz gloriously at 6000rpm. Depends on how big the library is. It will be noticeably noisy.
     
  8. sulfhydryl macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2011 MacBook Pro with the 6750 GPU, and it sounds like a hairdryer when you run Deus EX Human Revolution or Dragon Age on it. Actually, when my girlfriend is trying to read in the same 26 square meter room, I can't game on the MBP since it is too noisy.

    Ergo, if you plan on sitting in the quiet part of the library, don't do it. Also, the keyboard noise will definitely annoy some of the people that are trying to read.

    If your library has a section where noise is allowed, try sitting there :)
     
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    my laptop doesnt make any noise unless im playing sound through the speakers, maybe its the $5 cooling stand i use to keep it cool and quite??
     
  10. hafr macrumors 68030

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    You mean to say your MBP is quiet when the fans are running at 6 000 RPM?
     
  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    Well maybe I'm not doing anything to reach those fan speeds but I use handbrake and other video converters
     
  12. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    just stay off the porn and ur macbook will run smoooooothly
     
  13. MadMac84 macrumors member

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    If you're gaming in Windows and you are on a MacBook Pro with a throttling CPU, then there is a trick that you can use to keep the fans very low when playing a game that doesn't require a lot of CPU power. Go to your power options in the control panel and crate a new power plan. Call it something like "low power." Then in the advanced options set the CPU's maximum percentage to 15% and the minimum to 1%. What this effectively does is keep your CPU at the underclocked state. I have a new i7 2.2Ghz CPU and it has essentially 3 states: Underclocked at 800Mhz, Normal at 2.2Ghz and Overclocked turbo-boosted up to something like 3.3Ghz. When its in the underclocked state it doesn't generate enough heat to turn the fans to high. For most PC games you don't need much CPU power so it works great. I play Dead Space 2 and Mass Effect 2 both without problems in the underclocked state and with graphics maxed out. Even Rage runs pretty good. Additionally, if you set it to 99% then it will prevent the CPU from turbo boosting keeping the fans a little lower also. There is a utility out there that you can manually set your multiplier so you have 200Mhz increments, but I forgot what its called. Point is, set your CPU to as low as you can for the game to be playable and enjoy quieter gaming.
     
  14. amoda macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, it'll probably be noisy in a library setting. When you combine the fans at 6,000RPM and your frantic mouse/keyboard clicking it'll be pretty noisy.

    As someone who studies a lot in the library, I really have to ask you on behalf of others like me not to play in the library. It's distracting even when you're trying to be as considerate as you can. Is there no were else to go?
     
  15. Bankaimadness thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Noises when I play games on 15 inch MBP

    I was in the library today and the noises began when I started playing a game.


    Does this only happen with graphic intense games or does it happen with any game?
     
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    Depends on what you ate.
     
  17. baaadboy macrumors member

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    Seriously? the guy asked legitimate question. You don't have to be a jerk.
    Back to the topic, yes macbook pros will rev the fans to the point when you can clearly hear them. It happens when CPU utilization goes up such as in playing games
     
  18. Bankaimadness, Oct 21, 2011
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    Bankaimadness thread starter macrumors 6502

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    reducing noise

    Any tips on how to lessen the noise my macbook pro makes when gaming?

    It sounds like a blow dryer and it kinda disturb a quiet environment say in a library.

    Any tips?
     
  19. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    The fans run because it is hot. It is hot because you are gaming. Sorry, the only way to make it run cooler is to do something less demanding. You could try reapply the thermal paste but I wouldn't attempt that unless it's running really hot.
     
  20. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Not going to matter anyways. The fans will still spin up.
     
  21. dolphindolphin macrumors regular

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    Hearing fan noise means your MBP is keeping the heat out, not in! I don't recommend it, but you can use something like SMCFanControl to manually select how fast your fans spin.
     
  22. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    Didn't you just ask this same question a couple of days ago and get the same answers?
     
  23. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    Get an SSD, that should keep some of the noise / heat down.
     
  24. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nope. Has nothing to do with the hard drive.
     
  25. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    yeah................... ok. A harddrive would produce more heat than an ssd would.
     

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