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GIgabyte Nividia GTX 580 SOC loud fan during startup: Should I RMA?

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Hello,

I have been using this GPU since June 2012 although I bought it on 10th of April 2012.

A few days ago, and while the GPU fans were working at 80%, my normally quite inaudible GPU started sounding like an airplance taking off. I shut down the PC and went to sleep, and on the next day the GPU fans only sounded just a LITTLE loud during startup and then got back to normal while gaming/working even while the fans were working at 80%.

Ever since fortunately my GPU fans have not sounded again like an airplane while gaming/working, however, I am afraid that this was the first sign of trouble and it possibly might get worse in the future.

Given that I have paid 370 euro for this card, this is simply not acceptable. Do you think that I should RMA the card stating that its fans are getting abnormally loud during startup and sometimes loud under normal operation?

Will the retailer honor the RMA? What about if they test it and a tech disagrees that the card sounds abnormally loud during startup? Also, since the "airplane sound" at a fan speed of 80% cannot be duplicated, do you think it's possible that they may just return the GPU back to me stating that it's okay?

Thanks in advance
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I say play around with it, lower it and then rise it quickly. Maybe your card was new to the point it was getting used to it's fan.
For example TIM and how you allow 200Hr's for best results.
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