Mac pro Videocard noise levels

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by VanneDC, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

    VanneDC

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    Hi, iam looking at upgrading my 2008 Mac pro's video card, BUT dont want to turn my baby into a wind tunnel.. I am not /that/ partial to playing games, but once in a while that would be nice to crank up SC2 or something similar..

    So Ive you have upgraded your video card in your mac pro, pls post on a scale of 1(1 being silent) to 10 (10 being really annoyingly loud) the sound level.

    Cards interested in (if you would like to add more cards, pls do so) Also please mention what you upgraded the video card from. ie GT120 to 4870

    Ati:

    4870
    5870
    5770

    Nvidia

    GTX 260
    GTX 265
    GTX 285

    any info would be much appreciated as i want more performance for my mac pro, but i don't want a wind tunnel.

    cheers
     
  2. fswmacguy macrumors 6502

    fswmacguy

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    I own the HD4870 (1GB) in my 2006 Mac Pro. Noise levels aren't too high but they are noticable. I'd give the HD4870 = 6/10.

    Protip for this card: Using Windows? Use MSI Afterburner to automatically control the fan speed. This card runs very hot and the CCC runs the fan on maximum speed when it gets to 100C. The CCC's automatic fan control is either downright broken or really bad (possibly both).
     
  3. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    I used to have a 4870, which I upgraded to the 5870. The 5870 is significantly quieter than the 4870. I'd agree with the previous poster that the 4870 is about a 6, and I'd give the 5870 a 3.
     
  4. Cindori macrumors 68040

    Cindori

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    This list will not work, because noise is calculated by two additional variables besides the graphic card model.

    The stress on the GPU and the perception of the owner.
     
  5. VanneDC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    VanneDC

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    i was just after the upgrade noise impressions.. I realise that noise is a function of perception and of environment... But am just after an appreciation.

    at any rate, i am looking at the GTX 275 atm, anyone have any experience with this puppy, (or the 285), is it loud?

    cheers
     

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