My new falcon is just as noisy as my previous 2 360's. I don't know why people think it will be quieter just because it has a newer CPU. The cooling fans and DVD drives are the same as the older models. I think the main gripe with noise is the dashboard, if you got the DC fans there's an annoying buzz (like mine) but if you get the Nidec fans people seem to say these are silent. Luck of the draw.