Which GTX 670 for Mac Pro 3,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by flyman, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. flyman macrumors member

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    Ok so I've now come to the conclusion that the time is now right to go ahead and replace my ailing GT8800 in my 3,1 Mac Pro.

    I dont know too much about graphic cards and overclocking but from what I've read on various sites I've narrowed the choice down to the following 2GB cards:

    EVGA FTW
    ASUS DC11
    MSI TWIN FROZR IV
    GIGABYTE WINDFORCE 3X OC

    Ideally I'd prefer a card with 2 x 6 pin power so I think that would rule out the Gigabyte card.

    With Evga, everyone keeps saying how good their customer service and RMA are but as I'm in the UK I'm not sure it applies?

    Finally the Asus card gets very favourable reviews but I believe they've had alot of issues with dying cards...mind you so did EVGA with the 670 OC!

    So with all these factors I'm at a bit of a loss as to which one of these to choose.

    Incidently at the moment it seems to be a toss up between the EVGA or the Asus card.

    Any advice here would be most welcome and thanks in advance!
     
  2. Doggman macrumors member

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    I would get the EVGA if I were in your position.
     
  3. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    Any idea what there warranty and customer service is like in the UK?
    I understand that this card blows the air out the back rather than around the insides so is this the best idea for the Mac Pro?
     
  4. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

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    Card is quiet as a mouse and temps are very good. No airflow issues. Very happy with the 670. If their customer service is anything in the UK like it is in the US, it is excellent. No complaints. Just don't expect tech support on Mac related issues.
     
  5. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    As a matter of interest do any of the manufacturers assist on Mac related issues?
     
  6. slughead macrumors 68040

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    I'd recommend checking the review sites. They objectively test the noise and benchmarks.

    I have the Gigabyte one and couldn't be happier (or could I?).

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-16.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-14.html

    finally, go on Newegg.com and read the reviews there and get an idea of the failure rate. It's not scientific but it works.

    As far as mac support, I really wouldn't bet on it. You might get lucky with NVidia though.
     
  7. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you but I've already done a load of research on the sites mentioned and it appears that the EVGA 670 FTW has been the most sort after due I think to the quality of their cards and customer service? :rolleyes:

    Anyway I've decided to go with the EVGA card and see how things go.
    If I can I'll report back with some stats :)
     
  8. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    And default clock speed doesn't hurt.
     
  9. Asgorath macrumors 65816

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    EVGA has fantastic customer support, and I've been using their cards exclusively for a long time. Never had any problems at all, but it's nice to know the support is there if I ever do end up needing it.
     
  10. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I'm sitting here waiting for the card to arrive and I just wondered which PCI slot I should install it in?
    Also, would it be worth keeping my existing 8800GT installed if its at all possible?

    If anyone can help me with this it would be really appreciated!
     
  11. gpzjock macrumors 6502a

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    The GTX670 needs 2 power cables, the 8800Gt needs 1 you only have 2 connector points on the mobo so you would have to run another line from a drive bay or an auxiliary PSU to have both.
     
  12. Asgorath macrumors 65816

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    Check the FAQ thread, but I'll answer here as well.

    People have reported issues with slot 0 (the one closest to the CPU) in some cases, so I generally recommend that you install it in the other 16-lane slot. The FAQ thread has more details on this.

    I'd suggest taking the 8800 out of the machine, but hang onto it in case you need a boot screen for some reason. Store the card in a static-proof bag if at all possible.
     
  13. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Asgorath,

    Couple of questions...

    Where do I find the FAQ thread and also how do I power this bad boy!?
    Do I need an additional 6pin to 6pin lead as I only have the one coming from the mother board.
    I presume the 6pin to molex that came with the card are of no use?
     
  14. Asgorath macrumors 65816

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    It's now sticky on this forum:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1440150

    Check the thread for info on power cables, you will need 2 6-pin power cables to run the GTX 670. Molex adapter is indeed useless for this.
     
  15. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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  16. Asgorath macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I'm a programmer so I start counting from 0 :) The FAQ thread has a link to an image that shows the slots, the key point is to not put it in the slot closest to the CPUs.

    Edit: I just checked the image:

    http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/mac/macpro/pcieslots.jpg

    and yes, you'll want to use slot 2.
     
  17. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for that because I can't even see the CPU's! :(

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    Had a look at the FAQ thread but can't be certain these are the correct lead so can someone confirm please? :confused:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300779498721
     
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    :cool::cool: Also is what I need
     
  20. Photovore macrumors regular

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    I moved my 5870 to the second slot for some reason, and my kernel went from 42ms to 27ms execution time. No idea why, but it's staying in that slot for sure, at least until it's replaced with a 570 (having trouble with interop with osx and amd)....
     
  21. flyman thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok got the card installed and everything seems to be working great.
    From a gaming perspective I couldn't be happier :eek: !

    I'd like to know what performance I'm getting so I've downloaded EVGA Precision X and Unigine Heaven but I'm not quite sure how to run any tests. :confused:
    If anyone could give me some pointers that would be great.
     
  22. gpzjock, Oct 24, 2012
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    Heaven is easy to run, install it and let it do a full run in benchmark mode with default settings and full screen. It will give you a results panel with a score like the attached one.

    As you can see a 5870 is Leet in Heaven. Your 670 should trounce it. :D
     

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