Problem with 8800GT in 08 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by loneaggie, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. loneaggie macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    I'll try to make the background on this issue as short as possible while still giving all the relevant information. 3 weeks ago my Mac Pro began randomly freezing. Apple's Hardware Test, Memory Tests, etc etc all came back good. After a lot of troubleshooting between me and the local Apple store I have resolved that the issue is my 8800GT overheating. The card is fine running my two displays normally with photoshop, browsers, email etc. If I load up iTunes and set the visualizer to full screen the card will freeze up in 30 seconds or so. If I crank my IO and exhaust fans way up I can get the card to hang in for another minute or so. Today I removed the stock heatsink on the card, cleaned the old thermal paste, and installed a fresh coat of thermal grease. This did not fix the issue.

    So right now I'm debating biting the bullet and buying an overpriced Radeon 4870 from Apple.... or buying an aftermarket cooler for my 8800GT. Zalman's VF900 seems like it would fit my given card.

    I've noticed that the fan on the video card itself does not seem to change speeds at all despite the load on the card. I was under the impression that the fan should adapt to the gpu's load/heat output. What would cause the card to run hot after a year? I ran WoW a lot on it the past year and never had any trouble at all. The short version of my question is.... is my video card fried? Or do I have a cooling problem resulting from fan speed that can be fixed with an aftermarket cooler?
  2. loneaggie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    ideas anyone? Last night I installed Windows 7 on Bootcamp, installed the latest Nvidia drivers and cranked up RivaTuner. I was able to specifically find out that the video card glitches at 67 degrees Celsius. When I crank the fan up to 95% this takes about a minute to happen, with the fan on its normal 29% setting this takes about 2-3 seconds. I'm going to research more, but I'm pretty sure the card should still be working at this temp.
  3. Nightcap macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2010
    I'm sorry to bump this almost two week old thread, but as my problem is very similar I didn't see the need to create a new thread.

    I have a 2x2.66 Mac Pro with a ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB, and I'm experiencing graphics freezeups during stress (WoW) and also a very strange problem where my screen doesn't receive a signal about 70% of the time when I start my computer.
    The second problem is annoying but I can live with it (just putting the comp in and out of sleep 3-10 times usually does the trick), but the first is more annoying, and is also what usually spawns the second problem as I usually don't have to shut down my computer otherwise.

    Now I'm hoping that loneaggie, or any other good hearten soul could guide me in how to figure out if it's really my graphics card that is messing it up, and ultimately how to fix the problem.

    The graphics card was exchanged when my computer was still young, due to graphical problems which I blamed on overheating.
    After that it seemed to be working, until some months ago that is...

    How did they come to the conclusion that it was the graphics card that was causing the problems loneaggie, and how did you manage to tweak and monitor the temperature / fan speed?

    Thank you in advance! :)

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