I'm rendering edited footage using Blender, meaning everything is an emission shader with basic textures, so the samples are only at 1. However, the video is over 5500 frames long, and for some reason, my computer hums really loud and it gets extremely annoying. I wouldn't mind if I only had to render for an hour or so, but since each frame takes an average of 2 seconds to render, and I have over 5500 frames in my animation, my computer will be screaming for over 3 hours. Is there a way I could make my CPU not work as hard? Is that even possible?

NOTE: I don't mind if it takes longer to render

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    $\begingroup$ If your computer hums real loud it means that the fans are increasing the speed to cool off the CPU. Maybe you want to look into getting a quieter fan or use liquid cooling, which will not only prevent overheating in a more efficient way, but would make your computer whisper quiet $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 5:09
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    $\begingroup$ Loud fans also are a sign that you have dust built up in there. Time open up your computer and clean it out. (With a clean system even when the CPU going at 100% usage the fans should not be screamingly loud.) $\endgroup$
    – David
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 15:21
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    $\begingroup$ It's typical for power users to buy better CPU coolers, including liquid-coolant systems, to keep their CPU's cool under long, heavy loads with minimal noise. The Corsair H-100's (or their newer models) are a popular choice. Adding better cooling fans to the computer case can also help a lot, especially if your CPU and GPU are both using fans that just blow heat around inside the case. $\endgroup$
    – Nat
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 15:25
  • $\begingroup$ @David♦ @Nat Thanks for the feedback! I will be sure to look into getting a better computer, especially one that has a GPU. In the meantime, I'll have to clean out my computer. I don't have experience with that, so I'll just take it over to a computer store. $\endgroup$
    – Squirrel
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 15:35
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    $\begingroup$ From the description I would bet this is coil whine, not just fan noise. $\endgroup$
    – Chuu
    Commented Jul 13, 2017 at 16:12

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Under Performance, set the number of threads to "Fixed" and just use one or two threads. That should help keep the temperature lower and your fan slower if that's what's making the noise. It will take proportionally longer to render though (just leave it on overnight). Other than placing your computer in another room, that's about it.

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    $\begingroup$ I put my laptop into the fridge to cool it down while rendering images for my diploma:). If I only knew your solution then... $\endgroup$
    – Paul Gonet
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 20:25

I know that an answer specific for Blender was already posted, but some generic alternatives, to achieve this goal that I regularly use on Windows, are:

  • Battle Encoder Shirase: a program, that throttles CPU-usage on per process basis by regularly sending it to sleep. The program was originally developped for keeping the CPU cool while encoding media files but was also in large use in the BOINC-community
  • setting a lower process priority in task manager (doesn't help with overheating but keeps other processes responsive)
  • setting the maximum CPU-performance in the energy saving settings to for example 60%

Blender 2.8x requires graphics card and driver with support for opengl 3.3 or higher as it is in the requirements


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