Mac Pro 2009 GPU Fan Noise

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Bollockser, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. Bollockser macrumors regular

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    Hi I am new to the Mac Pro ownership club.

    Ive got a 2009 2.26 8-core with an ATI Radeon 4870 GPU.
    When I turn the Mac on, the graphics card whirrs up loud like a hairdryer at full blast, then whirrs down, and only THEN does the Mac chime and boot up. (boot screen works it's not a PC GPU).

    This is the first time I've owned a computer with a PCI GPU card. My friend mentioned that he once had a PC that when new, the GPU fan was silent but as the computer aged it eventually started sounding like a jet engine.

    It can't possibly be normal for a graphics card to do this upon power-up can it? Is this just the nature of the beast for worn-out graphics cards?

    Please share your experience with GPU fan noise.
     
  2. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it's normal. The graphics card is not worn out.
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors G4

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