About to get SB2 13"-worried about coil whine!

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  1. psavi

    psavi New Member

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    Own a SP3 Pro and have decided to upgrade to the SB2 13",i7, 8 ram. However, I am seeing numerous comments of moderate to very severe coil whine when the SB2 is charging. Many adjust the performance setting to reduce with mixed result. Hence, I did not hit the "buy" icon.
    Is this still an ongoing issue problematic to the 13"?
    At this point, I may do a store pickup and test the whine on site.
    Totally kills my enthusiasm, as I work in a very quiet environment.
    Anyone?
     
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    With my Surface Brick refund in the bank, I decided to get a SB2 i7/8Gb/256Gb. I went into a local Currys store where the exact model was on show, and indeed it had a whine, noticeable even in the noise in the store. I chose not to proceed with purchase for that reason (& must say I was rather taken with the cheaper HP Spectre X360, which I'm researching now).

    I'd also be interested to hear if the whine is pervasive or only affects some configurations.
     
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    I have a SB 15" 16 gb 512 Gb and no Whine at all it's completely silent.
     
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    Same here; it's absolutely quiet.
     
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    I bit the bullet and received today via Fedex my SB2 i7, 8mb ram.
    This thing is the quietest laptop I have ever used. Multiple apps open, video running and installing
    updates at same time with it set to Best Performance. "Dead Quiet". If I place my ear by the fan
    perforations I hear the faintest little sound. Located in a extreme silent room.
    I have seen these coil whine threads not only on this forum, but many,many others and also in some
    sites tech reviews.
    We'll monitor but no issues at all.
     
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    According to most accounts (and my own experience), the 15" units typically have very little coil whine. If the third person here has a 13", then either it's a winner in the coil whine lottery or Microsoft has resolved something.
     
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    Quiet,quiet,quiet!!!! On best performance, have office apps, videos, music, downloads,26 tabs in chrome open and running at 96% memory utilized.
    Slightly warm and I have yet to hear a fan at all!
    NO WHINE and I am not deaf! 13" SB2
    If it wasn't for the minimal amount of heat, I would wonder if the fans work.
    Going to find that racing car game to see if I can stress this more.
     
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    That's good to hear, I guess MS has fixed it. I was reading about the HP Spectre X360 and reputedly that had coil whine with the i7-7xxx machines, but HP fixed it in the i7-8xxxx series.
     
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    SB2, 1GB SSD, 16gb, 15-INCH - Zero coil whine, extremely quite machine.
     
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    It's important to note whether it's a 13.5-inch or 15-inch model.
     
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    MikemanSP4 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My apologies as I can definitely see the gravity of specifying which actual model I am citing - especially in the event of someone contemplating investing a large stack hard earned Benjamin's. Honestly Wyand32 - I appreciate the correction as I would hate to steer someone in the wrong direction.
     
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    Ah look, if you listen to loud music and frequently attend Rock concerts you'll never have to worry about coil whine. :D
     
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