GTX680 noise compared to Apple HD5870

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Spacedust, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    I will probably replace my good old Apple HD5870 to flashed or non-flashed GTX680. Can somebody tell me if there is big noise difference beetween these cards when idle for example with eVGA GTX680 Classified 4 GB ?
  2. nox-uk macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2012
    no difference at idle between a 5770 and 680 gtx at idle. I imagine the 5780 is noisier than the 5770 :p

    I actually think it's quieter at load too, but I don't recall hearing it yet... fairly new upgrade for me.

  3. telequest macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    For me, the eVGA GTX 680 Mac Edition (2GB) as quiet as the 5870 it replaced under all conditions.
  4. Spacedust thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    Thanks - good to know ;) I always loved these Apple cards because they were running at 21% fan speed when idle. I think my HD5870 is even less noisy then HD5770 and even GT120 !
  5. tripitz macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2013
    I just put the Mac Version EVGA GTX680 in my Mac Pro last week. There is no real difference at least between my HD5770. Perhaps the fan is a bit "deeper" sounding. Even while running a game it is much quieter than my old PC. Zero issues.
  6. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    My last two Graphics Cards (GTX570 & GTX780) have been Gigabyte 3 fan Windforce3 models, both flashed by MacVidCards. They both have been extremely quiet and the 3 fans do a great job of cooling. I luv their design.

    BTW, my GTX570 is up for sale in the the MarketPlace section, should you decide on a less expensive solution and want the Apple boot screen.


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