nvidia 8800 noisier than an ATI 5870 for mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kudukudu, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. kudukudu macrumors regular

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    Time to do some upgrades on my early 2008 mac pro. I am thinking of retiring my 8800gt video card and getting the 5870 from apple. I am happy without the amount of noise put out by the 8800 for regular desktop use. I don't care so much if the card fan ramps up a little under heavy use. Is the ATI 5870 just as quiet under normal conditions as the 8800?
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    i'd say its more quiet. apple 8800 is a single slot model, making the fan small, having to spin faster, causing whiny noise.
     
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    My 5870 is the quietest card I've ever used that has a fan on it. Both in office and gaming use. That includes ATI 9800 Pro, Nvidia 8800GTS (Dual Slot), GTX280, 9800GX2. The rest of the cards I owned were all passive cooled in PCI form at least.
     
  4. ChuckBlack macrumors member

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    I concur. I'd say that I don't hear it at all even after a heavy gaming session. The 8800 under the same treatment is loud as hell. Pretty happy with my upgrade.
     
  5. Shrapnel macrumors newbie

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    +1 to the Apple 5870 being more quiet

    And I have had a menagerie of video cards for my 2008:

    :apple: ATI 2600
    :apple: Nvidia 8800GT
    Sapphire ATI 4870 (flashed)
    :apple: ATI 5870

    It's a good card.

    -Shrapnel
     
  6. siorai macrumors 6502

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    The only time I actually hear my 5870 is when I reboot and the fans run at max for a little bit. Other than that it's dead quiet even when gaming.
     
  7. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    I don't find my 8800 GT to be all too noisy (in fact, I hardly ever hear it), but then again, it's actually a dual-slot EVGA 8800 GTS PC card flashed with the Apple 8800 GT firmware. Over a year ago, the Rominator actually gave me firmware to run the card as a GTS (higher core/memory clocks), but it was never stable in games when flashed that way, so I reverted back.
     
  8. no3tic888 macrumors member

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    I have the ATI 5770 installed and I find it much quieter than the 8800 GT that it replaced.
     

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