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I am having a problem with my ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2. The fan seems to be making a clicking noise, which I suspect is it hitting the side of the housing. It is only about a week old, what do you guys suggest? (Oh and I have had no other problems with this card, the performance is great)
post #2 of 7
4870 fans have rubbish bearings. Mine didn't even last a year, and ive heard of loads of other people with the same problem. I dont know if the x2 uses a different fan design, but it could be that it is already bad.

Switch it off, and slowly spin the fan with your finger to see if it is rubbing on anything, or feels stiff in any places.


Plus, this is also in the wrong section.
     
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post #3 of 7
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Oh my bad. As you can see that was my first post

Yeh it rubs on the bottom of the casing, if I push the fan in and spin it, there is no clicking and it spins fine. I also found that just tipping my case on to the side seems to solve it.
post #4 of 7
Whats happening here is that the fan is dropping too low. You have a few choices here.

1. You can return the card and tell them to replace the fan. If they offer to replace the whole card, make sure it is either another 4870x2 or a 5870 or faster. This is the best option.

2. You can change the cooler on the card, change just the fan if you can get a replacement, or enlarge the fans hole so it no longer rubs on the case.
     
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How would I go about enlarging the fans hole?
post #6 of 7
Its not the option i would take at all. Its messy and voids warranty. I would recommend it only as a last resort.

It would involve taking the card apart and enlarging the hole in the fan shroud. Perhaps by filing the plastic away. Plus if your fan is dropping that low, then chances are its to do with the bearing anyway and the fan will eventually break.
Edited by alltoasters - 10/29/11 at 2:52pm
     
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post #7 of 7
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Great, thanks for the info! I'll return it on Monday and hopefully get a replacement soon.
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