Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › Silent Computing › Loud VGA Fan
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Loud VGA Fan

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey guys, been tinkering with my htpc, trying to get it silent. I've ended up isolating the problem to the graphics card. When the card is disconnected, the machine stays quiet. I didn't exactly find a clear cut answer to this, but is there any utilities that you can adjust fan speed within XBMC or could I flash a bios that has a lower fan speed? I don't use windows, but use xbmc-live on it. I tried looking around to find a passive cooler, but most of them are around $30 and I can't justify spending that much on a card I really don't care about.

The card is a GT240 by PNY. Tried cleaning the dust off and reapplying thermal paste, but the fan still runs at the limited 40% I'm assuming. Tried finding an old heatsink so I could passively cool it, but can't seem to find the box I had all my old cooling equipment in.
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
post #2 of 11
Change the fan? Or you could just download MSI afterburner or EVGA precision and adjust the fan to your liking.
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i7 3820 4.6ghz Asus Rampage IV Extreme x58 EVGA GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 8GB 16GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2133 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 840 Pro x2 Raid 0 LG Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Samsung S27A950D 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Corsair 1000HX Lian LI PC-P80 Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Creative Sound Blaster Zx 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel® Core™ i7 3820 4.6ghz Asus Rampage IV Extreme x58 EVGA GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0 8GB 16GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 2133 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung 840 Pro x2 Raid 0 LG Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Samsung S27A950D 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch Corsair 1000HX Lian LI PC-P80 Razer Deathadder 
Mouse PadAudio
Razer Goliathus Creative Sound Blaster Zx 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yeah I was gonna try to mod an old heatsink to fit it, but changing that involves spending money, which I don't want to do. It's all good though, I guess I'll deal with it until I find a better solution. Tried flashing modded bios to the card, but didnt change the fan speed.
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
post #4 of 11
What about Afterburner, like he mentioned?
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 SABERTOOTH X58 Gigabyte GTX 970 Corsair  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
WD 320GB WD 1TB Hitachi 1TB CM Hyper 212 Plus 
OSMonitorMonitorPower
Windows 10 Pro 24" Sceptre 20" Asus Corsair TX750 
Case
Antec 1200 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 SABERTOOTH X58 Gigabyte GTX 970 Corsair  
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
WD 320GB WD 1TB Hitachi 1TB CM Hyper 212 Plus 
OSMonitorMonitorPower
Windows 10 Pro 24" Sceptre 20" Asus Corsair TX750 
Case
Antec 1200 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Afterburner won't work in my htpc lol.
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
post #6 of 11
You are probably out of luck with the lower end cards. Typically they have small noisy fans that can't be controlled, even if you were running Windows. The GT 240 reference fans (not sure if that's what your PNY uses) were little blowers similar to what the old 7600 GT used - noisy little suckers!
Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
  hide details  
Reply
Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 11
If you're handy with a soldering iron you could try putting a resistor in line if the power leads on the fan are sufficiently long. It'll void any warranty, but it's a thought.
Imp
(15 items)
 
  
Reply
Imp
(15 items)
 
  
Reply
post #8 of 11
Here's something else to try.

Remove the cover over the heatsink. It should be a thin aluminum plate held on by small screws.

Unplug the fan from the graphics card. You can leave it there, or remove it altogether (usually 3 small screws).

Get a quiet 80mm fan, and make it blow on the bare heatsink. You can attach it to the card with cable or wire ties.
Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
  hide details  
Reply
Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 11
That is actually a very nice suggestion. I have been thinking on how to reduce the noise of my VGA (the only noise component in my computer) and I might do just that. MSI Afterburner works like magic though!
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Keep you updated what I end up doing
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
Define
(13 items)
 
  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Silent Computing
Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › Silent Computing › Loud VGA Fan