What’s the best mac to buy now in terms of lowest noise

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Inpresmoj, May 31, 2019.

  1. Inpresmoj, May 31, 2019
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    Inpresmoj macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2019
    I've read on here that the 2017 base model imac was very quiet and i've even looked at refurbished prices, but you don’t save much and I would prefer brand new, and I usually keep my PC's 10 years so the newest spec would be better.

    Mac mini benefits are I can put it further away however I noticed a lot more complaints of coil noise on the mini 2018 and I've experienced this in the past from fanless PC's and humming coming from the back of my monitor when the brightness was lowered, imac screens I imagine would be less likely to have this and i've not seen any posts of coil whine either on the imac.

    imac pro is out due to way over in cost benefit. I don’t game, video edit hardly ever or render, its just internet general office stuff mainly, so idle noise is most important

    So what would I be best looking at in a 2019 imac 8th gen or 9th gen, an i5 or i9, looks like there are 5-6 CPU's to choose from, main thing is quietest, cost is less of an issue
  2. spiderpumpkin macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2014
    The 9th gen i5 and i9 have a fan that runs at 1200rpm all the time and then ramps up when needed. I'm not sure if the the 8th gen 2019 iMacs idle at 1200rpm because I don't think anyone has mentioned that detail.
  3. mountain_feeling macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2019
    I think all the 27 inch iMacs idle at 1200 rpm, regardless of processor. I've read pretty much every post that talks about idle fan noise. Some people says it's silent; other's say it's annoyingly audible.
  4. Conutz macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2014
  5. codernova macrumors member


    May 13, 2019
    If there is ANY background noise at all, the 9th gen i9 I have is effectively silent. First time I heard my iMac at 1200 rpm was late in the evening when all traffic, HVAC, external spinning hard drives, refrigerators, and etc. were all silent as well. And even then is wasn't enough to bother me.

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