The PC is many things to many people, and for some it's fast becoming a noise pollutant.
According to research conducted by vnunet.com's sister publication What PC?, the noise generated by PCs is driving some users nuts.
Apparently the average computer generates noise levels of around 50 decibels, the equivalent of sitting with your ear pressed against a fridge.
The research found that faster processor speeds mean noisier PCs because today's chips require two or three cooling fans to prevent the machines from overheating.
But this is a PC-only problem; if you have a Mac or an iMac, the noise levels are significantly lower.
Apple realised that noise could be a problem when it was designing the iMac and invested in more expensive components to create a near silent machine.
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