My new XPS 420 is generally a loud machine and makes a high pitched noise when I browse certain web pages or do graphic intensive activities. It is generally loud in that I can always hear a fan type buzzing sound or some sort of electronic buzzing sound. I have read several reviews of the XPS 420 and people describe the computer as being "whisper quiet". My XPS 420 sounds like a small refrigerator. I contacted Dell Support about the noise level and the gentleman I spoke with had me run some fan diagnostic tests which my computer passed and the tests showed that the fans were working at the proper RPM for the low fan speed. The Dell Tech told me that the XPS 420 was a powerful machine and that I should expect it to be loud. However, it is the loudest computer I have ever owned and I think something must be wrong. I believe the high pitched noise must be related to my graphics card. The Dell Support Tech was very nice and professional, but I just feel like I need more resolution. Has anyone had a similar experience or can you please offer any suggestions? Thanks so much!
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @2.4GHz and 8MB cache
3GB DDR2 SDRAM @667MHz
500GB SATA HD(7200RPM)
Dell 2208WFP Monitor
128MB Radeon ATI HD 2400 Pro
I have the low hum, but even with that -- this is the quitest machine I have ever owned since you can barely hear the fans.
You need resolution if it is too loud for you...
XPS 420 with Vista Ultimate 64-bit - Q6700 - 8 GB 800 MHZ Mushkin RAM - 2 500 GB Samsung - 425 Watt PSU
Nvidia 8800gt - 24" Gateway LCD
As I put in another topic on here:
Is it a high pitch "cicada" noise? If so put your ear to the back of your comp and check its not coming from the PSU.
My HD in my XPS720 makes a low dull thudding/rattling sound (says healthy on startup though) but the PSU whines with a high pitched buzzing noise, like that ya get from a TV producing static, whenever extra power is drawn such as writing data, or scrolling and so on.
It might just be something else, but its worth checking as the noisy PSU is a known, longterm and widespread problem with these computers. Theres even a sticky topic on it for the 420's lol.
Not to disagree with a previous poster but, yeah, the 420 is with out question the most quiet machine I have ever owned, by far. FWIW, DL rivatune, and just check to see what speed your video card is running at. Not sure what the default fan speed of your card is, I am sure you can google and check to see quickly.
I know when I turn up the fan on my GT8800 it becomes one loud son o gun quick. If fan is set to default 29%, I honestly have to check to make sure my machine is on when I enter my room. Maybe another piece of equipment, but start with your video card.
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just bought a brand new computer and this thing is so noisy it keeps me up at night...
the fans are really loud...it sounds like a plane is going to take off ( winding up)
and the 60 cucle hum is over the top...I think I am going to return it...
I can have this loud noise in a recording studio...YIKE...
other people hear it as well so it is not just me...
CAREFUL PEOPLE ... PLUG IT IN AND HEAR IT RUN AT THE STORE FIRST...( OF COURSE I GOT MINE AT BEST BUY AND IT IS LOUD IN THE STORE)
I'll join the quiet crowd by saying that my XPS 420 is, without doubt, the quietest PC I've ever owned. Quieter than my Dimension 8300, my Dimension 8100 and even quieter than my original PC - a Packard Bell with a Pentium 1 processor.
I too had a noisy fan, and it turned out it was the ATI 3650 HD graphics card. After 4 months of very quiet operation, one day the video card fan started spinning at max speed and from then on it would always spin at max speed. Dell replaced the card under warranty, and it's back to whisper quiet again.
For me the fans are not the problem....it is the geiger counter insanely loud processing noise!!! I have searched this site and the web and have seen a few others post this problem(if it is one) with no response. Is this just normal for this machine? Any help is appreciated.
If it matters, I have the Core 2 Quad CPU - Q6600 @ 2.4GHz.