Everytime I Google anything to do with the Xbox 360's cooling capabilities, I get dozens and dozens of websites telling me that everyone who owns a 360 is complaining about how loud the fans are. I've seen it compared to old refrigerators, helicopters, high-end gaming PC's (in the noise department), you name it. Thing is... I've had one for about a month now and I think its not a single dB louder than the original Xbox. I can mute my TV, take out the disc, and put my ear 6 inches away and its still dead quiet. Why is everyone complaining aobut fan noise? Even if it did sound like a jet taking off, the noise from the CD spinning up is 10x louder, as is the noise from my gaming alone. I would even feel comfortable if I had the ability to double the fan speed myself... that way I could keep it cooler (which worries me far more than the noise it makes), and I wouldn't be able to hear it over any other noises coming from my home theater equipment. /end rant.
I have to agree the fans are loud compared to the old XBOX. You can definitely hear them if you don't have the sound on to drown it out. Once you are playing a game you can esily tune it out, at least I can. It only really gets real loud when its on cooling mode. At idle its not too bad but it is louder than original XBOX for sure.
question what do you guys mean with fans?
I didn't make it!
A fan is those propelling things that cools the hardware.
aaah yeah i think its normal that it makes a lot of noise. the graphics ask a lot and the processor needs to work harder so...
It is loud sometimes. But not compared to an old refridgerator. Mine only gets loud after I play it for a while.
Even without the noise of the game to drown it out, the disc spinning up (which is constant, atleast in PGR3) is several times louder than the fans. In order to test these websites claimes that the console is too loud, I had to turn off my sound system, remove the disc, then play the NFS demo for a good 30 minutes to heat the console up. With all of the ambient noise eliminated, I still had to stick my head behind me TV for the fan noise to be clearly noticeable. I guess my 360 is in a fairly ideal location though, as far as cooling. It is tucked right next to my bigscreen with a 4 foot tall speaker on the other side, so almost all of the noise is stuck behind my TV/speakers. It's also in my basement where its a good 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of the house, and it has a huge amount of room for the air to escape behind the console. I'm even about to order one of those Nyko Intercooler 360 things that snap on the back. With my 360 where it is, the temperatures bother me a lot more than the noise.
I don't even notice it. The drive on the thing is loud though, but if your gaming you won't hear it. I got it sitting about 5 feet from where I sit to play games. I got it between an A/V reciver and one of my speaker stands. I am going to look at the intercooler as well. It is 4pm now and my xbox 360 has been playing TES IV: oblivion for about 8 hours straight now. I have it positioned with room to breathe, but I want some insurance for it.
I've been told by my dad (although he's a mechanical engineer, not a thermodynamic engineer) that the Intercooler may actually be worse for my 360. His theory is that it is more important to keep the 360 at a constant temperature than to keep it at a low temperature. The Intercooler has a constant fan speed, so I hope he's wrong.
carl4286I've been told by my dad (although he's a mechanical engineer, not a thermodynamic engineer) that the Intercooler may actually be worse for my 360. His theory is that it is more important to keep the 360 at a constant temperature than to keep it at a low temperature. The Intercooler has a constant fan speed, so I hope he's wrong.
lol, where did that idea come from? as far as I know a console can't get too cold to run, only too hot...