Mac Pro Graphics, Noise & Memory

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kraftzwerg, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. kraftzwerg macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    I'm planning to order a Mac Pro and am wondering about two questions - grateful for any help!

    1) I fancy an upgrade of the graphics card to the ATI 1900xt, but am hesitant, because its much higher power consumption than the stock model might increase the fan activity of the Mac Pro and thereby the noise level. I'd hate to have a loud system much more than having to live with somewhat slower graphics ...

    2) About the RAM: the web page says that there are two bays of 4 slots. Is it important that the 4 slots on one bay are filled with the same memory size, or can one freely mix 512 M and 1 Gig sticks?

  2. iPhil macrumors 68040



    MacPro requires Matched Pairs of Ram to run.. :eek:
  3. kraftzwerg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    OK, thanks. To get optimal speed is it better to have 4 equal sticks or is there no difference to having 2 different pairs?
  4. kraftzwerg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    To anyone who owns a Mac Pro with ATI 1900xT: is your system quiet?
  5. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    These configurations of the Mac Pro haven't shipped yet.
  6. kraftzwerg thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2005
    OK, I'll ask again in a little while ...
  7. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    No. As long as you match stick for stick you are ok. So you can have 2 1GB sticks and you will be set and ready to go. But it may be cheaper to get 4 512MB sticks versus 2 1GB. Not really sure on that.
  8. alien2108 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2005
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Well as far as X1900 goes on PC this is a NOISY card. I rather (for now) have quiet MacPro, that's why I opted for 7600GT with passive cooling (works with XP only, not OS X) as second card.

    But new cards from ATI that came yesterday are supposed to be dead quiet at idle (fan doesn't turn). Let's wait on new reviews...

    What I opt for my MacPro is graphics card that is quiet when idle (so I can leave comp turned on over night) and some "normal" noise when playing games is ofcourse acceptable...

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