Need advise with silencing 8800GT

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by frankiee, May 31, 2008.

  1. frankiee macrumors member

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    Hello!

    since my 8800 GT is very noisy under load, I wanted to replace the stock cooler with a better one. But I am reluctant to try anything because I had bad experiences with that in the past. One problem is that there is only very little room in the Mac Pro (2008). Or can I mount the gfx card in the second slot?

    So has anyone successfully replaced the stock fan with another one? With what results? Maybe I also would try to overclock the card, if the cooling power is enough.

    Any help would be appreciated! TIA!
     
  2. sash macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    Could it be that your card is just damaged? Mine 8800 is as silent as it could be.

    sash
     
  3. frankiee thread starter macrumors member

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    The card is silent when not under load. But if you play some games under Windows for a while, it gets really loud.
     
  4. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    I have always used after market coolers on my NVidia cards (in my pcs) - I am sure a nice Arctic cooling unit would be fine in the Mac Pro.

    have a look in the PC fanboy forums and I am sure you'll find one that suits you.

    Actually fitting them isnt too hard - generally involves unscrewing the stock cooler - then either putting the new one on (or with addition of ram sinks depending on the cooler design). Then screw it back together and hey presto - cooler and probably quieter card.

    The last one I did for a friend (2 weeks ago) was a GTX card with an Aerocool Extreme - the fitting took all of 15 minutes and now his card is 20degrees cooler under full load and is a LOT quieter.
     
  5. frankiee thread starter macrumors member

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    The Problem with the Mac Pro is that there is _very little_ room under the card. So I am sure not every cooler will fit, hence my question ^^ Another problem could be the different Power Connectors and cable lengths.
     
  6. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Ignore me if I am missunderstaning your concerns here.....

    You have a 2008 model yes? then the Vid slot is designed to take a dual slot wide card (the Quadro is one such example) - as the main board is mounted in a BTX orientation then the cooler will me oriented towards the top of the case. You should find that no problem when using an after market cooler (as long as you dont try for one of the giant HS versions that hook over the back of the card). For instance my 8800GTX from my old PC with the Aerocool unit (three slots wide!!) will fit in the mac pro.

    :) The Power connectors should not be a problem as the 8800GT in the Mac Pro is a NVidia reference board (thus uses the standard location/socket for the fan power to the cooler).

    Even my Aerocooler had no problems and as 99% of aftermarket coolers require no extra power connectors then you should be fine

    One cooler Id suggest taking a good look at is http://www.zalman.co.kr/ENG/product/Product_Read.asp?idx=283

    One thing I will remain uncertain about on this cooler is the rear screws and clearance between the Mac case an the board (we are talking mm here but I havent the time to get the measure out and jury-rig a mockup in my mac pro) - looking at it i'd take a guess that it will fit.

    hope this is useful :)

    EDIT: Just had a thought - The Mac Pro has two 16x PCIe slots so if the cooler you choose does inhibit fitting due to its rear fittings; why not put the card in a higher slot (thats an ex-pc modders solution so forgive me if the mac pro wont like its only gfx card in a different slot) though I see no obvious reason for it not to work
     
  7. frankiee thread starter macrumors member

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    That is exactly the problem I am talking about. I had a bad experience trying to fit an X850 with a Zalman Cooler in a G5 case (with similar room restrictions under the card) which did NOT fit due to the screws under the card.

    But, if I can put the card in the upper slot this would be no issue. The only issue that could be remaining is weight - in the original config, the card seems to directly sit on the chassis, separated only by some rubber thing. So do you think this will be a problem? At least some coolers are a bit heavier than the original one.
     
  8. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    in my experience weight would not be a problem as the card is supported by the rear bracket retention mechanism and the pci-e slot itself. for example the Quadro supplied by apple is a double card and is considerably heavier than the 8800GT even with an aftermarket cooler) - I would not worry about that.

    I cant test the second slot thing, but I would guess a power off, move the card and see if the mac boots would answer that question. :)

    glad to have been some use (poorly bunny isnt allowed to even work from home until she feels better) :(
     
  9. frankiee thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, I can confirm, that the card also works in the upper slot without problems. Now, I wonder if you can flash a 1024MB 8800GT for mac. hmmm ...
     
  10. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Now thats something I'd love to know...... anyone?
     
  11. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I do know, and the answer is no. :) For more info, check this thread.
     
  12. frankiee thread starter macrumors member

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    well, yes it does not seem to work :(

    FYI: Since I have the card in the upper slot, it also seems to be running cooler (Fan ist not as loud as before). Think heat circulation is better, bc the card has much more room on the underside. But since I actually want to max out my gaming experience, I will use a better fan and overclock anyway :cool:
     
  13. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    shame but as the 8800GT is almost as powerful as my old PC 8800GTX rev1.0 I wont mind. It will be nice if we get a 9800GX2 for the mac but I cant see it happening soon with the newer NVidia GPU's on the horizon.

    The extra texture mem is useful in some games under Winslowz - Crysis etc... but not enough to go warranty voiding (my Mad Warranty Voider days are done)....
     
  14. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Why not just move the card up to the second PCI-Express 16x slot? That would leave you with ample space to fit a more efficient heatsink.
     
  15. costabunny macrumors 68020

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    Um don't wish to sound sarcastic, but

    :)
     
  16. aibo macrumors 6502

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    I do alot of gaming and my 8800GT never gets louder. It's always been quiet.
     

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