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can the gtx 680 fan be removed?

post #1 of 8
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can it be removed while keeping the unisink? my idea is to use a duct to force an air using a bigger fan.
somehing like the picture below but with a better ducting.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C7IQ1O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A21UKLVMUAO7H3


Edited by ghostrider85 - 7/15/13 at 6:35pm
post #2 of 8
It can but you got to keep it cool. If it overheats you can damage the card.
post #3 of 8
I don't think the method pictured will provide enough airflow over the stock heatsink to keep the card cool. The coolers that use normal fans all have bigger heatsinks with more fins. But I can't remember whether the fan comes off as part of the heatsink or not - although really it wouldn't matter because the fan isn't in the way of the cooling fins. It's really easy to take the plastic cover off so you can get a better look at the heatsink itself - I'd do that.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

I don't think the method pictured will provide enough airflow over the stock heatsink to keep the card cool. The coolers that use normal fans all have bigger heatsinks with more fins. But I can't remember whether the fan comes off as part of the heatsink or not - although really it wouldn't matter because the fan isn't in the way of the cooling fins. It's really easy to take the plastic cover off so you can get a better look at the heatsink itself - I'd do that.

i'll be using this duct instead and a delta fan, lol
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C7IQ1O/ref=gno_cart_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A21UKLVMUAO7H3
post #5 of 8
I'd like to know if i can remove the fan too... my purpose would be to use the stock secondary heatsink without the stock fan.
post #6 of 8
The fans on the 580 could be removed, they were just screwed in, so I think the same will apply to the 680.

but going by the pictures on techpowerup I think the fan maybe glued in:



If you are going to use the duct and a delta, you may get a way with it. Remove the side panel first then try it with it directly on the card. if you do this make sure the PC is kept in a cool room for a while before turning on just let the PC boot and launch some sort of temp monitoring software to keep an eye on the temps,

I don't recommend doing this at all by they way, you could kill your card
post #7 of 8
You can remove the fan, but that duct idea will require the air to make a 90* turn and you will loose a lot of efficiency. Its pretty hard to top the performance of the stock fan when using the stock heatsink.
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post #8 of 8
I was planning to remove the stock fan from the stock heatsink so i could mount the Kraken G10 on it and use the bracket's 92mm fan... cause i think that it woulb be better to use the large stock heatsink than to attach alot of smaller individual ones.
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