Originally Posted by Brajesh
Can't say Boxee is noisy w/o trying. jakmal from AnandTech has already said the Boxee's fan is barely audible. Re: BD playback, I don't need it, but I know others do.
I can say it's noisy because it has a fan opposed to the neo which does not. The sad truth is that fans make noise one way or another. Even the 140mm and 120mm fans I use in my htpcs running crazy low voltage barely spinning still create a whoosh noise, that's air being pushed around.
Now the boxee box is tiny compared to my htpc and plastic and was originally designed for a low powered chip without any active cooling if I'm right. Adding a tiny fan (which means higher rpm for the same cfm equals more noise) was an afterthought.
Boxee could have easily designed a bigger alloy case with a massive heatsink but chose the easy way out, slapping an fan on.
Remember there is not such a thing as a silent fan, anyone tries to tell you otherwise they lying. I've removed dozens of fans from graphics cards, cpus, switches & what not and replaced them with passive solutions, I hope the same is possible with boxee.