Curing Noisy Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by aliennerd, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. aliennerd macrumors member

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    My Mac Pro had become increasingly noisy recently, it had really become quite irritating.

    I had a look around on line but couldn't really find a solution so I decided to take the machine apart and have a look and soon discovered the problem, dust and lots of it. The ATI Radeon card could hardly breathe.

    I took some pictures, not for the squeamish but if anyone else has a similar problem it may be worth a look.

    http://aliennerd.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/noisy-mac-pro-fans/

    Charlie
     
  2. ventro macrumors 6502a

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    Glad I installed a dust filter in my Mac pro the week I got it. Almost zero dust on the inside after nearly 2 years of continuous operation.
     
  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    Is this an ATI X1900 XT? Apart from being know to be a major dust catcher, this one is already loud itself. Here you have your major culprit. Replace it with a newer GPU. The 4800HD, for example, whispers nicely along.
    Additional, yet costly, options are SSDs for your most accessed drives (i.e. OSX). And, of course dust catchers are always a good idea..
     
  4. aliennerd thread starter macrumors member

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    I have to say the machine is whisper quiet now that I've cleaned it. I might upgrade the graphics card but then I rarely stress it (apart from leaving it clogged with dust.) Interesting that you say the X1900 are known dust catchers.

    With regards to dust filters what do you use?

    Charlie
     

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