cMP GPU cooler type and fan speed

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Raunien, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Raunien, Dec 18, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2016

    Raunien macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    I have a couple of questions regarding GPUs for the cMP (specificially nvidia)

    1. Is the fan on the graphics card controlled by the nvidia web drivers? Will they automatically spin up as the card gets taxed? The reason I ask is that I don't think I've heard mine spin up. (I have a reference 980 with stock cooler)

    2. What type of cooler is best for video cards is best for the cMP? A "blower" type cooler like the reference ones, or the aftermarket "open" coolers like the ACX by EVGA? - what type do you guys use/prefer?

  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    1. I think the card's firmware controls fan speeds.

    2. Blowers generally, but in the Mac Pro it doesn't really matter. There is more than sufficient case cooling capacity to deal with open coolers.
  3. Synchro3, Dec 20, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016

    Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    With open air coolers the temperature in the PCI-E area is around 3° C higher than with a blower style card. Nothing to worry, but I would prefer blower style.
  4. Raunien thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2011

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