nVidia 8800 GT Versions

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  1. thunderclap macrumors 6502a

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    I saw on Apple's site they have a nVidia 8800 GT for $349. At MacMall they have the same card for the same price OR a different version (http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop...s-GEFORCE 8800 GT PCIE 512MB DDR3-Video Cards) that is for PC and Mac for $269. Does anyone know the difference between the two?

    Also, how loud is the 8800 GT in comparison to the Radeon 1900XT? (I currently have it and anytime graphic intensive starts (if a screen saver is considered graphic intensive) the GFX fans rev up.)
     
  2. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    The 8800GT does run a bit hot, but it's pretty much whisper quiet, especially compared to the X1900XT.
     
  3. thunderclap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did a little more investigating and the $269 version listed on MacMall is actually a generic brand done by Elitegroup Computer Systems (model number N8800GT HD). MacMall has it listed as working on a Universal platform (PC and Mac) but I can't find any such listing on the Elitegroup's website. Still curious if this will work on the Mac Pro. Anyone?
     
  4. thunderclap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good to know. I actually swapped the fan on the 1900XT with the Arctic Cooling system (I read an article saying it would be noiseless and keep the GFX card cool) but it hasn't work like I anticipated. The card now heats up to over 100-degrees F. and then locks the system. I'd rather swap to a new GFX card that is quiet.
     
  5. thagomizer macrumors 6502

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    Don't know about the N8800GT HD, but they do list this card:

    http://www.ecsusa.com/ECSWebSite/Pr...goryID=5&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=54&LanID=9

    That is the biggest cooler I have ever seen :eek:
     
  6. 3drteest macrumors newbie

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    Well, I took a chance and ordered one, so I'll let you know in a week or so. I have the Mac Pro Early 2008.
     
  7. thunderclap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's the same card. MacMall has it billed as an HD but EliteGroup has it billed as DT but the stats seem to be the same.

    You're a braver person than I. I bought a $20 PCI firewire card to install on my Mac Pro (summer '07) that MacMall claimed was compatible with OS 8.2 or higher but it didn't work. Can't blame them though since I'm sure the manufacturer billed it that way. Plus I should have been smarter and realized that the Mac Pros are PCIe and not PCI. Still, that experience along with the Arctic Cooling I mentioned earlier has left a bad taste in my mouth. Total lost on a gamble: $80.

    Please keep us posted and let us know how it goes.
     
  8. 3drteest macrumors newbie

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    Universal 8800 card doesn't work in a Mac

    Well, according to MacMall Tech Support, the card does NOT work in a Mac. I don't know how MacMall can get away legally with advertising it as working on a Mac and then selling it to people from a Mac store. Isn't that fraud or at least deceptive advertising? I was able to cancel the card before it shipped. Also, I read another forum somewhere on the web where someone had tried it on a Mac and it also didn't work for them.

    I hate MacMall!
     
  9. thunderclap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for keeping us updated. I'm really starting to dislike them too. I sent them e-mail last week asking for clarification about the card but they never responded. I also e-mailed them to try and get an RMA for this firewire card that doesn't work in Mac Pro's I got from them. Neither has been responded to.

    I also tried calling regarding the firewire card but the tech guy kept trying to sell me a different card (one I know doesn't work on Mac Pro's) instead of exchanging or letting me return the old one.
     

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