Best Nvidia 1080 for Mac Pro 5,1

Qwertydub

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Hi, I'm looking to put in an Nvidia 1080 (non ti version so I don't run into power issues) in my Mac Pro 5,1. I'm just not well versed in all the different versions out there and am confused as to what the best choice is. SC? Founders edition? Etc.

Any recommendations?
Thanks.
 

flowrider

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I chose this one:

http://www.gigabyte.us/Graphics-Card/GV-N1080G1-GAMING-8GD#kf

1. I like Gigabyte 3 fan cooling. This will be my 3rd one.

2. Reviewers have not had good things to say about the Founders Edition cooling.

3. I like the 8GBs of GDDR5X RAN, though I think all 1080s have this feature.

4. This is the fastest Gigabyte GTX 1080 with only one 8 pin power connector. I'm looking for a fast card with the lowest TDP.

5. There is a $20.00 rebate on this card at Amazon and Newegg.

6. My Prior Gigabyte cards have always run well and quiet.

When available, I will have the card flashed by MVC. My last two cards were flashed by MVC and there were no issues.

Lou
 

Qwertydub

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Thanks!

And to feed the 8pin connector you're using both aux power connectors on the motherboard via a y connector? (I already have one as it turns out.)
[doublepost=1492444610][/doublepost]Also if I may ask- how loud is this card? I imagine it's pretty silent with 3 fans (assuming they keep to low rpms?)
 

ActionableMango

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Hi, I'm looking to put in an Nvidia 1080 (non ti version so I don't run into power issues) in my Mac Pro 5,1. I'm just not well versed in all the different versions out there and am confused as to what the best choice is. SC? Founders edition? Etc.
SC means superclocked, which essentially means that it is overclocked from the factory. It will be slightly faster than one that isn't.

Any of the major makers are fine, but I'm somewhat partial to EVGA. They have made Mac Edition cards from time to time over the years so they have earned some loyalty from me.
 

flowrider

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^^^^AFAIK, there's SC and OC (overclocked). SC cards IIRC are clocked higher than OC cards and contain two power connectors. The OP, like my self, is looking for an OC card with minimum TDP requirements. And yes, EVGA is a popular brand, but we all have our favorites, for whatever reason.

Lou
 

Draeconis

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I got the Founders Editon card direct from Nvidia because.. well look at it. Also, it's a blower-style, which better fits the kind of airflow the case expects.
 

flowrider

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^^^^The cMP is pretty well ventilated with good airflow front to back. In a well ventilated case the Gigabyte Windforce design will run cooler than the Founders Edition.

Lou
 

wfj5444

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Jul 2, 2008
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Can't wait to order the same, can anyone comment on the right connector(s) to connect to power? I see someone cards need one and some need two. Isn't there a molex adapter that is required?

*EDIT*

Ok I see your eBay link (thought it was for another card) I will be searching Amazon first :)

Thanks!
 

bloomfeld

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I have put this card in my Mac Pro 4,1->5,1 and couldn't be happier:

https://de.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=08G-P4-6183-KR

Running Games in 4K under Bootcamp and being able to play WoW with maximum settings (albeit I have no WoW subscription) feels good. Plus, the card is silent in idle mode - I could be wrong but my former EVGA 680 felt louder in desktop use.

The card is unflashed, so I am aware to wait for driver updates before updating the OS and to use the startup volume switch instead of the boot screen to use bootcamp.