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Yesterday my 5870 2GB sapphire (6 DP ports) had made loud, weird fan noise.

I removed it and cleaned the dust inside by using compressed air (can).

It was fine after 24 hours.

Then just 5 mins ago, it's started getting loud again (not as loud and scary as yesterday).

Is it dying? frown.gif

Any suggestions?

NOTE/EDIT: On my sapphire select account it says: registered at 3/2/2011

and AFAIK, I usually almost always registed the product after installing it.
Edited by tubers - 9/3/12 at 4:28pm
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Yesterday my 5870 2GB sapphire (6 DP ports) had made loud, weird fan noise.
I removed it and cleaned the dust inside by using compressed air (can).
It was fine after 24 hours.
Then just 5 mins ago, it's started getting loud again (not as loud and scary as yesterday).
Is it dying? frown.gif
Any suggestions?

is it like a grinding noise?
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i have the same video card. I had to take the Vid Card apart and remove the fan. You can buy fans to replace it, or you can separate the fan from the base (thats what I did) and apply grease.

Take a look at this pic:
27_585_coolturbr_small.jpg

when you remove the fan, that is what you should be left with. See that triangle base? Well, between that base and the fan fins, you have to use 2 or 3 screwdrivers. Put the screwdrivers between the fins and the base and twist them. The fan should POP out and you can apply the grease to the metal pin easily.

My fan is 100% like new now.

EDIT: Found a video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8spGRL3Yk
Edited by Schnitter - 9/3/12 at 4:18pm
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Yes they can go bad. How long did you own the card ? Eventually the fan will give out. If it's in warranty, you'll do RMA and they'll replace the fan. That's the normal procedure. Or you could get something like Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II or Accelero Xtreme Plus.

ARCTIC_TWIN_TURBO_II-017.jpg

The thing with these coolers, even if their fans give out, you can always take the shroud out and put a fan on the fins biggrin.gif You can overclock higher with this too.
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Yes they can go bad. How long did you own the card ? Eventually the fan will give out. If it's in warranty, you'll do RMA and they'll replace the fan. That's the normal procedure. Or you could get something like Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II or Accelero Xtreme Plus.

ARCTIC_TWIN_TURBO_II-017.jpg

The thing with these coolers, even if their fans give out, you can always take the shroud out and put a fan on the fins biggrin.gif You can overclock higher with this too.

When my fan was giving up, I was considering doing that, but paying $90 for a card that now costs $150 on eBay is NOT worth it. 20 minutes to tear down, add lube, add Arctic Silver 5, and put back together is a much better choice.
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is it like a grinding noise?

hmm.. consistent "wrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" but a kind of a "hum" and not "wrrr! wrr! wrr!". xD

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Originally Posted by Schnitter View Post

i have the same video card. I had to take the Vid Card apart and remove the fan. You can buy fans to replace it, or you can separate the fan from the base (thats what I did) and apply grease.
Take a look at this pic: http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/radeon-hd5850/27_585_coolturbr_small.jpg
when you remove the fan, that is what you should be left with. See that triangle base? Well, between that base and the fan fins, you have to use 2 or 3 screwdrivers. Put the screwdrivers between the fins and the base and twist them. The fan should POP out and you can apply the grease to the metal pin easily.
My fan is 100% like new now.
EDIT: Found a video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8spGRL3Yk

Hmm.. thanks! I'll keep that in mind but for now it feels like a hassle.. +rep anyway!

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Originally Posted by Catscratch View Post

Yes they can go bad. How long did you own the card ? Eventually the fan will give out. If it's in warranty, you'll do RMA and they'll replace the fan. That's the normal procedure. Or you could get something like Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo II or Accelero Xtreme Plus.
ARCTIC_TWIN_TURBO_II-017.jpg
The thing with these coolers, even if their fans give out, you can always take the shroud out and put a fan on the fins biggrin.gif You can overclock higher with this too.

I can no longer find it in my newegg account.. Any ideas? I think it's more or less 2 years old?

EDIT: on my sapphireselect account it says registered 3/2/2011.. (it's mine, bought it brand new during the new egg sale for around 185 dollars)

Guess it's little over a year? hmm
Edited by tubers - 9/3/12 at 4:26pm
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Cleaning that fan is less of a hassle than replacing fan with the one in image. Adding an aftermarket fan will be much harder. It is very very easy to disassemble your video card and put it back together. I promise!

If you, however, want to go with that fan, you can find them in Amazon. Search for 5870 fan and you will se the stock $15 fan, and the $50 aftermarket.

EDIT: Here, check out the instalation of these aftermarket fans:

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/arctic_cooling_accelero_xtreme_5870_review/3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UvwBaPeKVk
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Cleaning that fan is less of a hassle than replacing fan with the one in image. Adding an aftermarket fan will be much harder. It is very very easy to disassemble your video card and put it back together. I promise!
If you, however, want to go with that fan, you can find them in Amazon. Search for 5870 fan and you will se the stock $15 fan, and the $50 aftermarket.
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http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cases_cooling/arctic_cooling_accelero_xtreme_5870_review/3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UvwBaPeKVk

ohh... 15 bucks ain't too bad.. I am currently not a fan of aftermarket coolers specially the price.. nor do I really like OCing xD

I would much rather invest the 50 dollar for the next time I upgrade.

+rep

Thanks..

I am wondering if it's still in warranty since I guess I bought it around 3/2/2011 hmm..
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i have the same video card. I had to take the Vid Card apart and remove the fan. You can buy fans to replace it, or you can separate the fan from the base (thats what I did) and apply grease.

Take a look at this pic:
27_585_coolturbr_small.jpg

when you remove the fan, that is what you should be left with. See that triangle base? Well, between that base and the fan fins, you have to use 2 or 3 screwdrivers. Put the screwdrivers between the fins and the base and twist them. The fan should POP out and you can apply the grease to the metal pin easily.

My fan is 100% like new now.

EDIT: Found a video for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH8spGRL3Yk

You have to be really careful when prying. Some fans come off easier than others. The fan on my 6870 didn't want to come off so I had to try a different approach.
Also some reference fans have an access plug under that sticker in your pic.

At any rate, I just did a write up on how I fixed my reference 6870. Here's the link http://www.overclock.net/t/1302257/how-to-fix-reference-fan-noise-6xxx-series
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