mactree said:I had a slight discount, but spent $400 on it.
I have to say though, I've got it installed now, a big big difference. I opened up Motion just to give it a workout and it's night and day using the 1900 vs the stock card. Well worth it.
Digidesign said:Thanks for the info kingtj, and congrats on the new card.
How are the overall noise levels with the fan on-board the X1900XT? Are there different levels like a high or low or off setting, or is it just on constantly?
For those interested, i did a bit of searching around:
Some comments on X1900XT fan noise
More comments (dump of entire thread, search for noise)
Just wanted to hear your personal take on the noise level.
Abulia, if you're reading this, I noticed from one of your postings that you got a replacement cooler for the ATI card. How is that working out?
MacRumorUser said:Is the pci slot cover removed completely then when you get one built to order ? and doesnt that make your mac pro look pretty awful at the back ? with a gaping hole .....
Couldnt they have supplied a grilled pci slot so it at least looks nice ?
Actually, no, after the installation of the Zalman, the tuned X1900XT don't fit anymore in the MacPro !jhero said:I dun see why not if you are concerned with fan noise of the 1900 that you could replace it with an aftermarket cooler such as a zalman cu 900 ? Can u do that with the mac pro's power supply?
thanks for the update.*Digidesign said:I got my 1900XT last Friday and installed the-biggest-card-I've-ever-seen into the Mac Pro. Probably the biggest difference from the stock 7300GT was noticed in games, like WoW where my framerate jumped from ~30 to 60fps, and no lag in crowded areas. Standard OS X usage like iPhoto and Safari felt about the same as the 7300GT. Adobe CS2 apps didn't seem that much faster, although the files I was working with were rather small in size.
It's a pretty robust card, although the card's stock fan sounds like a tiny model RC airplane flying around my room. When idle, it's quiet though so no complaints (quiet, not silent). If I save up a bit more, I might just spring for the Accelero X2 fan but only if I can confirm that it's much quieter than the stock. On a side note, I also checked on the little heatsinks that I attached to my Kingston fb-dimms and am glad to report that they have not fallen off, nor were they blazing hot or much hotter than the stock Apple heatsinks.
So far so good... now to start putting this baby to work instead of playing games.
The X2 is dead quiet. There's no real comparison between it and the stock cooler.Digidesign said:It's a pretty robust card, although the card's stock fan sounds like a tiny model RC airplane flying around my room. When idle, it's quiet though so no complaints (quiet, not silent). If I save up a bit more, I might just spring for the Accelero X2 fan but only if I can confirm that it's much quieter than the stock.