Some Mac studio owners have noticed that their machines make a “whining” sound coming from the fan. Complaint page. About that MacRumors forums About the problem, and it seems to be affecting many users.
Most of the complaints come from Mac Studio owners who opted for the M1 Max Mac Studio over the Ultra Edition, which is no surprise since the two machines have different thermal settings.
The problems users encountered described the noise as a high-frequency sound that is hard to ignore and adds to the standard fan noise. from MacRumors reader Sunset Boulevard,
Hi, I am following this thread and want to share my experience with Mac Studio. I ordered the M1 Max version with a 32-core GPU and 64 GB of RAM. After a week or two, I started moaning in a loud voice. Normal fan noise was audible but not disturbing. The loud sound was something he could not ignore. I have a relatively quiet workspace and sound was still a distraction. I decided to take my studio to the Apple Store after trying a bunch of software fixes like contacting Apple Support and reinstalling the OS. After a day’s inspection, an Apple Store technician claimed it was normal fan noise within the expected range of noise and said they could do nothing about it. Frustrated, I called Apple Support again and they agreed to send me a replacement, which I am currently waiting for.
There are a wide range of complaints, but they all describe the same general noise. from MacRumors reader h43m,
I unboxed my Mac Studio with M1max (64GB RAM, 32 core GPU, 1TB SSD). There is definitely an annoying noise at 2120 Hz (I compared it using a sine wave generator). I am pretty sure it is coming from the fan and not the coil hum because the frequency changes when the fan speed changes. Definitely not acceptable for a product with this price…
The M1 Max and M1 Ultra have different heatsinks, which explains why one machine has problems and the other doesn’t. The m1 Ultra is equipped with a very large copper heatsink, which is likely to prevent the fan from turning on frequently, and there also appears to be a problem with the m1 Max configuration that causes the buzzing.
It’s worth noting that not all M1 Max Mac Studio models are experiencing this problem, as some people have said they don’t hear any unusual noises beyond the standard noise of a quiet fan. There are also some complaints about fan noise levels without a hump, but many people who are unhappy with their machines are experiencing high-pitched, rather than normal fan noise.
Mac Studio buyers who are within their two-week return period can get a replacement from Apple, but there are reports that replacement machines have the same problem. It’s not clear if this is something that can be fixed in a software update or if it’s a hardware issue that Apple is addressing.
Have you noticed a rattling sound from your Mac studio? Tell us in the comments.