Mac Pro 2009 GPU Fan Noise

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

  1. Bollockser macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2014
    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

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom
    Yes, it's normal. The graphics card is not worn out.
  3. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong

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