Originally Posted by Theory
The fan in my card is on its way out and is really loud, on 20% it sounds like its on 80%. Now do I send this back to sapphire, or look for a cooler for it, I dont know what ones would fit this card, I would like a waterblock for it but I dont think they make it.
I ran into the EXACT same problem about 2 months ago with the EXACT same card, also from Sapphire. When I asked for RMA, before even studying the case, they told me I had to pay 45$ for the warranty compagne to ship to Sapphire in Asia....So I decided to install a new cooler instead.
So after that I began searching for a new cooler and I found the Accelero Extreme 5870. I asked Arctic Cooling if t would fit, but they told me this wasn't a reference board so they did not garanty compatibility. However, t turns out that ths board IS reference and the only difference s the 8 more memory chips on the back.
I was able to find a refurbished AX 5870 on eBay in the NCIX store at 26$
. It's been sitting in my case since then and I also added Enzotech copper ramsink to the memory modules on the back. TADAAAA...no more noise, and less heat, and Sapphire no more
Edit: This cooler makes your graphc card a 3slot card, just telling you.