SSD: Fan Noise or no noise?

I recently bought an ASUS laptop w/ a SSD. Whenever I would talk about getting an SSD w/ friends who have modified their laptops, they say the fan no longer runs (ie: the hard drive is much cooler, since it isn't an HDD). However, mine is running almost constantly (albeit not super strong). It still bothers me when I'm working on it in a quiet room and can hear it. Is this normal nowadays? The techs at the store I bought it at say it is, even running minimal applications.

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Clarification Request

Thanks for the answers! So....if I want a noise-less laptop, should I look for one w/ less power as versus more? To clarify, I'm running Windows 10 w/ only Chrome open, and the fan is constantly on (fan turns on strong at boot-up, and reduces in speed, but stays on, about 2MIN later). Nothing "labor" intensive is running.

Compared to my old and weak ACER netbook w/ an SDD in it, the old ACER fan is rarely on. Is the better CPU and other components hurting me?

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No harm or hurt as far I will answer.

Chrome is NOT a memory or CPU light app. There's no sin in today's models using the fan but you will encounter folk that hate fan noise. Since there are few laptops that are fanless you can't help them.

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But still....

I guess my real question is: How can a.) a 5 year old laptop w/ an SSD added and b.) a 4 year old laptop w/ an HDD, both be quieter than C.) one bought today w/ a SSD? Is it really about changes in fan speed management, or something more? I really believe I should be able to buy a laptop today that's superior that something from 5 years ago.....

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You misunderstand today's design goals.

For 99% of the laptops out there they are competing on price and features and silence is NOT in the feature list. They will only reduce noise when it's noticed in product reviews.

If you want a silent laptop you show with that in mind. You can't just buy and expect this to be quieter than the last one. It's not what 99% of the laptop makers out there are designing for.

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The SSD is not the only thing inside the case that uses electricity and so produces heat. The main heat producing component is the CPU, the second one the GPU.

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The fan will still run from time to time.

SSD helps but you will get clients that insist on fanless machines. There are so few out there.

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Look at other data points

Your storage produces heat, but not nearly as much as CPU, GPU. You mention that you have a laptop so you don't have much control over your thermals, but what you can do is get a program like SpeedFan. It'll show you which components are generating the most heat.

Not sure about newer ASUS laptops, but I have an old one that came with utilities to put the computer into different performance modes. You may want to try something other than "High Performance". This will trade in some performance and possibly clock GPU and CPU speeds down. But if you are only word processing or browsing, it's more than adequate and will definitely reduce temps / fan speeds drastically.

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