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Apple 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max: Fan Noise, How Loud is Too Loud?

Apple 2023 MBP M3 Max

MPG tested both the 14-inch and 16-inch models Apple 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max 128GB /4TB, model Z1AU002AK and model Z1AF001AN. See all Apple MacBook Pro M3 Max.

Apple 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max:
obnoxious fan noise up to 62 dB

re: 2023 MacBook Pro M3 Max: Intolerably Loud Fan Noise

Noise is a health hazard that degrades cognition and causes physiological stress. Quiet is not a nice-to-have! 

Even “low” levels of noise steadily stress us over the course of the day. How much that stressor degrades us depending on a variety of factors (and especially brain wiring), but  the quality and efficiency of your work will be degraded by noise.

Sebastian B writes:

quiet operation under load would be my #1 priority and the biggest advantage over my old Intel machine. Anything approaching or even exceeding 50 dB is completely out of the question… results you’re getting with the M3 seem to be pretty much the same as with my 2017 MBP with the fans at full blast—something I can only tolerate for very brief periods of time, if at all

Nick C writes:

“On high power, it’s averaging 62dB 1” above keyboard, with peaks up to 63. I pity the fool deciding to run this at full load in their lap, will probably cause low level burn. 73-74F in my office.

No, I could not stand this (or any other equipment fan noise, regardless of level) in my office while I work. There are frequent bursts of very high CPU/GPU use while editing/grading videos, but short enough in duration that the fans never turn on. And once the render starts, my work is done so really no reason to stick around and hear the fans. I’m usually one or two rooms away while processing.”

MPG: professionals should wait for a Mac Studio or Mac Pro M3 Max or M3 Ultra. Those systems have superb cooling.

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