How loud should the fan be?

Discussion in 'Switch - Console, Accessories & Hardware' started by XpertXP1, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. XpertXP1
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    Got a Switch just about a month ago now, noticed the fan since day one is loud, almost like a ticking sound. The unit has not been dropped at all, Im the only user (adult). Is a loud fan normal? It almost sounds like a rumble motor from the joycon being activated, but when I actually listen to it, its the fan spinning.

    I can post a video later, but figured I would ask.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Armadillo

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    Mine is near enough silent. Sometimes after a long session on a more demanding game, I can hear it, but really only if I go over to the console (docked) and listen for it. It's not really something I hear in normal usage.
     
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    Hmmm, well, I can hear the fan come on usually around 10-15 mins of playing Mario Odyssey undocked. Ill upload a video of it later tonite or tomorrow. I was even thinking of opening it up and checking to make sure the fan fins arent bent at all or make sure nothing is blocking them.
     
  4. yusuo

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    Mines completely silent as well, don't actually think I've ever heard it
     
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    Thanks for the reply, i was afraid that was the case. Well, ill look into opening the switch and maybe just reseating the fan. Sucks that its having an issue being that its so new....
     
  6. Mnecraft368

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    I notice it alot while playing Xenoblade Chronicles 2 while docked, probably because I never had sound on. Even when I put sound on, I could still hear it.
    Handheld mode, still makes a noise, and if you listen for it then you can hear it pretty loudly but while playing I never really notice because I am focused on the game (or wearing headphones listening to something)
     
  7. MrBland

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    Mine is silent too, never hear it.
     
  8. OkazakiTheOtaku

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    I usually hear the console in handheld while playing Zelda. Other games like Taiko, Tetris, and Odyssey are silent, fan-wise.
     
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    Odyssey while underwater whirs in an exaggerated way sometimes. Otherwise, runs smooth.
     
  10. ZachyCatGames

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    Mine is usually almost silent, it can sometimes get a bit loud while playing Splatoon 2 though.
     
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  12. CheatingSoi

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    Yeah mine is aways silent. The only time I can hear it sometimes is in docked but the volume has to be on mute. Also sometimes the fan will really scream for just a few seconds after waking the console up from sleep but that never lasts long.
     
  13. guily6669

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    Do you live in Russia or what? LOL

    Mine is also silent, But I can definitely hear it when playing Zelda, some parts it increases a bit, but in the 20 hours of use of my Switch it was pretty silent, but I can totally hear it from time to time when it increases a bit, off course on a loud place outside home you might not even hear it.

    But I never tested the dock, my friend's Switch was super damn loud on the dock while playing Zelda, but the console was also defective, it broke like 2 days after, was making a huge high pitch noise from the speakers even if we muted the console so he returned it and brought a stupid PSVR instead :shit:.
     
  14. Mr. Wizard

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    Don't think I've ever heard mine either, I have to periodically check if it's still blowing.
     
  15. linuxares

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    Mine is normally very silent. I think I managed it to spin up once, it was downloading a lot of updates while I was playing Xenoblade 2. It was a really hotday as well. So it spun up for like 2-3 minutes and then went back. Spun up I mean like you could hear it, but it's not like superloud.
     
  16. Ericthegreat

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    Yeah that doesn't sound right :(
     
  17. Pluupy

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    Mine made a noticable whir and hum when I went to Dominican Republic late June. Very humid. No room air circulation. Poor thing just couldn't breathe.

    In USA, it barely makes a sound unless it is doing something demanding like Fire Emblem Warriors scenes.
     
  18. Mat37

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    Does it matter ?
    After like 1 hour or so playing Fire Emblem or Xenoblade mine start to be loud and even more noisy than my computer or my fan i use when it's too hot
     
  19. Trylk248

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    Actually, you should not care much about the fan noise volume unless it has some odd behaviors. I personally made a custom setup for my switch in dock mode that allows better airflow in the tight area.
     
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