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I would contact the manufacturer (Sapphire?) and see what can be done. Just explain that you were dusting as it's something I believe they encourage.
I wish they could advance the fan to be replaced, I have a few dozen 5850 are about 1/4 need fan replacement after ~3 months.
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...zip-tie some fans on like a boss.
Gimme a few sec, will post pics.
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what do you expect from running your cards nonstop full fan 24/7 for months at full load? And sapphire voids the warranty if you take off the fan... so just rma it.
    
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It ran around 33% max,
As most fan have 50 000 hrs + MTBF, 7 month is merely 10% away to a normal failure rate.
Edited by transisto - 10/13/11 at 8:06pm
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Yeah, these fans should be good for at least 2-3 years at 100%.
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grease
    
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post #17 of 23
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grease
U serious ? Always thought we had to use light oil, have you ever done such a thing on a blower fan ?
post #18 of 23
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This home-made supercharger fixed the vibration surprisingly well.
Still ~15% louder than new but 5x quieter than when broken.

It seems to speed-up faster too, I might have gained a few HP.


post #19 of 23
I always have my computer off and hold the fans still when I blow stuff out. Never had a problem.
post #20 of 23
I recently went into the exact same problem with my fan, with the exact same card. However mine started to do that on its own. I asked for an RMA and as a response they told me I have to ship the card to them (a third party warranty company contracted by Sapphire), and they then ship the card to Asia and I also have to pay 45 more dollars for than. Maybe they just want to discourage people from RMA.

Anyway, I decided to fix the grinding noise on my own, and bought another cooler. I found a refurbished Accelero Xtreme 5870 for 26$ , put that cooler on the card and then noise was gone, temps was 30c lower, and I'm a happy man again .

Note: I live in Canada, and I heard that the US service is different so you should contact them first.
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