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hey guys, hopefully someone can help me with a quick question. my friend gave me an videocard, and i wanted to test the fan before i use it since he said it might be noisy. can i just hook up the video card to a power supply (paperclip ready) via the pci-e power cables without plugging it into a motherboard to test and hear the fans on it? would doing this damage the video card in any way since its not plugged into the motherboard? thanks for the help
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What graphic card is it?

You can try plugging the 6 pin into the card without plugging it into the motherboard. Just jump the PSU with a 6-pin plugged in and it should turn on at 100%.

Do you know how to jump start a PSU?

Same may its safe, and others don't.
I say, try the safe way.
It may or may not damage the GPU/PSU, more likely the GPU.

Hope that helps
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hey guys, hopefully someone can help me with a quick question. my friend gave me an videocard, and i wanted to test the fan before i use it since he said it might be noisy. can i just hook up the video card to a power supply (paperclip ready) via the pci-e power cables without plugging it into a motherboard to test and hear the fans on it? would doing this damage the video card in any way since its not plugged into the motherboard? thanks for the help



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