What is the most silent Mac?

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  1. cvkaiser macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,
    I´m currently owning a G4 867MhzDual which is maybe one of the most loudest Macs. I have to leave it running at least all day and would love to keep it one but the sound is just too much. I´m going to get a MBP this summer and want to exchange my G4 desktop maybe in a MacMini for a sort of constant server. Can you hear a MacMini at all or does he makes some noise? How would you compare it to other mac models? Is the MacPro even more silent? What would a list of current macs regarding sound look like?
    Best regards - Christoph
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Before anyone says the Cube, he wants a list of current most silent Macs.

    Now that that is out of the way, I'd say a Mac mini or possibly an iMac (my Dad's 24" is near silent).
     
  3. netdog macrumors 603

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  4. WyLLyM macrumors newbie

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    Dead Silence, unless burning.

    I have a 24" Imac, and it's the quietest machine I've owned, pc or mac.
     
  5. freebooter macrumors 65816

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    My PPC Mac mini is silent until it has to do some heavy lifting and the fan makes a pleasant rushing sound.
    My iMac 24" is virtually silent at all times. I can hear a slight hum if I put my ear right up to it in a dead silent room.
     
  6. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    My 12" pb is pretty good but the minis are def quiter
     
  7. cvkaiser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you all very much for your quick and helpfull answers.
    Best regards - Christoph
     
  8. someguy macrumors 68020

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    My 15" PowerBook and my mother's 17" iMac Core Duo are both practically silent, with the exception of the Superdrives in both machines, but I think that's normal.

    I would imagine the mini's would be pretty silent as well, but I can't say from experience.
     
  9. Angrist macrumors 6502

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    Baffles.

    If the PowerMac runs well and does what you need it to do, put it on the floor in the corner and stick something in front of it to muffle the sound.

    OR

    Move it. A buddy of mine knocked a 1.5" diameter hole in the wall and moved his gaming PC (sounded like a jet engine) to the adjacent closet. Run the cables through and viola, silent PC.

    Alternatively, I've heard of people replacing the fans in those PMs to shut them up some ... but I can't put my finger on a link at the moment. IIRC it's not too hard, and only costs ~$40 in parts.

    Cheap solutions FTW!
     
  10. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    Out of the CD mini and the C2D 20" iMac I'd say the iMac. They really are very quiet.

    Btw... I don't think you can grammatically have the 'most silent' Mac - just the most quiet.
     
  11. queshy macrumors 68040

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    My 24" iMac certainly isn't silent! Or maybe I'm just allergic to noise.

    It's still pretty quiet though.

    I also heard that the G5 Powerbooks will be pretty quiet.
     
  12. organic bond macrumors regular

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    You are allergic to no noise. The iMac 24" is amazing, it's so quiet that it almost scares me. I don't understand why Apple doesn't advertise this number 1 feature of Minis and iMacs.
     
  13. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    I never hear my g4 mini that sits two feet away on my desk at ear level. Did I mention that my truck has 2000W of bass?:p ;) No, it really is quiet.
     
  14. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    My mini is nearly silent.

    I, too, had a Dual 867 MDD Power Mac and it was definitely loud, but honestly, it's no louder than most of the PC's I've seen. A couple friends of mine have custom-built PC's and they are LOUD.
     
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  16. roker macrumors regular

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    Yeah minis are reasonably quiet untill you put something in the disk drive- then they really scream!
     
  17. queshy macrumors 68040

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    Wait, so you're saying that I am not allergic to noise?
     
  18. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Diskdrive will mess any thing up, but with out it in us my Mini is my most silent Mac.
     
  19. nuclearwinter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I also heard that all the non-existent Macs are absolutely silent. ;)
     
  20. zap2 macrumors 604

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    If you want to work with some hacks, the most silent Mac you could make would use flash memory.

    Keep your OS, Apps used the most, and key files on it, and get an external HD for big files.


    I say go all out, and get a Cube, load it up with flash memory inplace of a HD, and if need be replace the disk drive with a hush hush disk drive!

    (thats be pretty fun, and cool)
     
  21. jdiddy macrumors member

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    Have to agree the Minis are definately the most silent of the bunch.
     
  22. scottlinux macrumors 6502a

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    i think the:D macbook are the quieter macs..............................................................specially when the cpu starts hitting up and the fans start kicking up at around 6500
     
  24. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i think the emac is the quietest

    and by quietest i mean maybe the loudest haha
     
  25. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    :D I didn't see the white text at all, then after I had typed my post, I looked up and read the quote.

    My eMac (1.25GHz) was pretty quiet. Definitely MUCH quieter than the Dual 867 I had after that.
     

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