nvidia 8800 noisier than an ATI 5870 for mac pro

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

  1. kudukudu macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    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


    Jan 17, 2008
    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


    Jul 17, 2010
    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


    Jul 5, 2010
    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

    Jul 25, 2002
    +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.

  6. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    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


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    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

    Jan 31, 2008
    I have the ATI 5770 installed and I find it much quieter than the 8800 GT that it replaced.

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