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Pics of Rev B dual 2.0 G5 and Radeon 9800XT
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Jun 28, 2004, 05:59 PM
 
Just got this baby in today (after minor drama detailed in another thread) and took pics of the massive ATI Radeon 9800XT heatsink for your viewing pleasure!

Click for SUPER HIGH RES versions. Enjoy!





     
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Jun 28, 2004, 06:24 PM
 
Any more details or general impressions? You know; are you loving it?

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Jun 28, 2004, 06:29 PM
 
is it just me...or is that heat sink blocking the first PCI slot..
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 06:32 PM
 
Originally posted by BurpetheadX:
is it just me...or is that heat sink blocking the first PCI slot..
Yep. That card (as well as the new nVidias) are so big that they block off one of the PCI-X slots. It would be a bigger deal to me if I actually thought I would need it.
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 06:35 PM
 
It's interesting that the 2.0 uses the same G5 cover as the 2.5. Is there some sort of grill on the left side, next to the fans? There is the radiator there for the 2.5.
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 06:38 PM
 
Originally posted by BurpetheadX:
is it just me...or is that heat sink blocking the first PCI slot..
Speaking of which, where do the modem, ethernet card, and bluetooth module connect? To PCI-X slots? To different slots? I'm new to much of this hardware stuff.
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 06:40 PM
 
Originally posted by Eug Wanker:
It's interesting that the 2.0 uses the same G5 cover as the 2.5. Is there some sort of grill on the left side, next to the fans? There is the radiator there for the 2.5.
It seems that the heatsink is identical to Rev A G5s but the cover is different.

Sparkletron, to say I'm loving it would be a gross understatement.
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 08:44 PM
 
nice pics m-m!
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 09:00 PM
 
That's the same card I have on order with my Dual 2.5 G5! I have the current BTO ATI 9800 in my original Dual G5 (2Ghz), and am wondering if this revision of the card is any less noisy?

So....how would you rate the noise of your card? Does its fan make more noise than the G5's fans?? Hopeully, ATI's made some adjustments to shut the card up a bit...
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 09:47 PM
 
Originally posted by k2director:
That's the same card I have on order with my Dual 2.5 G5! I have the current BTO ATI 9800 in my original Dual G5 (2Ghz), and am wondering if this revision of the card is any less noisy?

So....how would you rate the noise of your card? Does its fan make more noise than the G5's fans?? Hopeully, ATI's made some adjustments to shut the card up a bit...
The card is virtually silent... the G5s fans easily drown out what little noise it does make.
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 10:36 PM
 
Originally posted by memory-minus:
The card is virtually silent... the G5s fans easily drown out what little noise it does make.
That's good news. Probably why the heat-sink is so big. To allow better cooling.
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Jun 28, 2004, 10:39 PM
 
Originally posted by Turias:
Speaking of which, where do the modem, ethernet card, and bluetooth module connect? To PCI-X slots? To different slots? I'm new to much of this hardware stuff.
The modem and bluetooth do not use a PCI-X slot, they plug into the motherboard. Ethernet is built-in to the G5 so it does not use a PCI-X slot - unless you mean the airport card which fits in a mini-pci slot on the motherboard.
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Jun 28, 2004, 11:06 PM
 
That is one hairy video card. Or is it so powerful that electricity is shooting off from it?
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 11:20 PM
 
Originally posted by Macrat:
That is one hairy video card. Or is it so powerful that electricity is shooting off from it?
It appears that a "support post" was hot-glued on after the fact to uphold this card's awesome might!
     
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Jun 28, 2004, 11:33 PM
 
I think it is really pathetic that you lose a PCI slot because of a stupid fan. Bad engineering.

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Jun 29, 2004, 04:58 AM
 
but if it's quiet - who cares ?

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Jun 29, 2004, 06:45 AM
 
Originally posted by Socially Awkward Solo:
I think it is really pathetic that you lose a PCI slot because of a stupid fan. Bad engineering.
The retail version of the 9800 XT in the PC world comes in a one-slot design, but from what I understand it is LOUD. I am the kind of user who is willing to sacrifice one PCI slot for a quiet computer. Besides, I can only ever see needing one of the 2 slots that are left, personally.
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 06:45 AM
 
I just got my DP2.0/9800 yesterday! And while I am certainly ecstatic, I am also a bit concerned over the damaged incurred to the box:



The dent, thankfully, is above the CPU; the force was localized to such an extent that the styrofoam was also dented, but on the far side of the styrofoam away from the keyboard. That indicates to me that it happened after it shipped. I asked the Fedex guy about it, and he stated it was fine, of course. I'm just concerned that the unit was dropped by Fedex. In addition to that the bottom of the box wasn't sealed that firmly, so that the flaps were open a bit under the weight of the machine. Certainly not enough to cause the bottom to open, though. I'm waiting a couple of days to get my Kingston RAM (great price for the 256 Kit - $110 total from ewiz.com), so I haven't taken my baby out of its box yet. Do you think I should fret about it or even contact Apple?
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Jun 29, 2004, 06:53 AM
 
Originally posted by Big Mac:
I haven't taken my baby out of its box yet. Do you think I should fret about it?
Ouch... well, as we all know FedEx is far from perfect. Looks like one of the box throwers missed the conveyer belt.

I'd suggest unpacking it to check for any possible cosmetic damage, then booting it to make sure it's working properly. You should start a claim with Apple / FedEx for any damage as soon as possible. If you still want to put it back in the box to wait for your RAM, go right ahead, however ther's no way I could have been that patient!
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 07:12 AM
 
Thank you for the advice, memory; sorry to derail your thread like that. Great pics of what's to come for me!
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Jun 29, 2004, 09:14 AM
 
The ATI Radeon 9800XT (pictured above), on PC versions of the card, has a single molex power connector that needs to be fed from the power supply. I see not such connector on this card. Is it drawing the extra power from the ADC-style little extra edge connector next to the AGP slot (as can be seen at the bottom left of this card)?


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Jun 29, 2004, 09:53 AM
 
Originally posted by blakespot:
The ATI Radeon 9800XT (pictured above), on PC versions of the card, has a single molex power connector that needs to be fed from the power supply. I see not such connector on this card. Is it drawing the extra power from the ADC-style little extra edge connector next to the AGP slot (as can be seen at the bottom left of this card)?
Nope, the AGP slot is AGP 8x Pro, Pro meaning the bus powers the card.
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 03:46 PM
 
Do you hear any noise coming from your speakers (assuming you have speakers plugged into the analog audio out jack)???? The rev A G5 dual 2.0 has had a problem with this. Mine makes a "computer" sound, like chirping and buzzing especially if you turn up the external speakers loud.
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 03:58 PM
 
Originally posted by Socially Awkward Solo:
I think it is really pathetic that you lose a PCI slot because of a stupid fan. Bad engineering.
I don't think so. My Sawtooth has had exactly one PCI card in its life (a SCSI card) and I got rid of that months ago.
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 07:02 PM
 
The 9800 Pro only takes one slot, and the XT is only like 8% faster
Also, the PC version of the 9800 XT only takes one slot. Seems ATI did something silly with the Mac 9800 XT.
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Jun 30, 2004, 10:21 PM
 
Originally posted by mac freak:
The 9800 Pro only takes one slot, and the XT is only like 8% faster
Also, the PC version of the 9800 XT only takes one slot. Seems ATI did something silly with the Mac 9800 XT.
Yeah, the PC version of the 9800XT is LOUD as a few PC users have mentioned. What Apple/ATI did was made the heat sink bigger to cool it better and keep it QUIETER. Besides alot of modern cards take up the PCI slot beside the AGP slot. So you lose 1 PCI slot. It's not much of a sacrifice for peace and quiet.
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Jul 5, 2004, 02:26 AM
 
Yeah but unfortunately the Radeon 9800 Special Edition, which only takes one slot is damn loud too. I'm looking at getting a Verax fan or Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer to shut it up but these solutions will take a slot too.
     
   
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