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Hey, chappers.

This is my first post, but I've been reading here for years. I'm having this issue with my GPU fans on the ROG Matrix 280x platinum. They are making a droning noise and another noise that sounds like a dying harddrive, what I'd assume would be the fan bearings (or whatever the fan has, I have no idea). Instead of RMAing it I'd rather replace the fans, as I've got a really good overclocking chip. Still testing it out. Maybe I'm just having the AMD overclocking experience for the first time and this is normal. I don't know.

Anyway, I can't seem to find much about GPU fan replacements on the internet.

I've found multiple cheap Evercool fans, but that's not something I want. So it got me thinking: although it'd be expensive, and the fans don't get up to the same RPM, would it be possible to buy something like those 92mm x 92mm x 10mm Noctua fans, pop the hubs off, and stick them on where the GPU fans were? I know I need the thinner fans to do this, and I know I might need to do some wire crimping, but do you guys have any experience with this? Would the more expensive 2200 RPM fans be able to keep up with the heat that some cheaper 3000 RPM fans could keep at 70~80c on a full load?

If this doesn't work, would anyone know where to find the fans used in the 780 directcu II cooler? The Cooltech fan and the other msi propeller fan-type fan? I figure that these are better fans, based on asus' own video where they demonstrate it. It's weird how they stick the worse fan in their higher-end products.

Also, I will not be getting a non-rog matrix cooler, as I cut a whole in the side of my prodigy for the card to fit.





Thanks for whatever input i get, fellers.
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Originally Posted by boucleinfinie View Post

Would the more expensive 2200 RPM fans be able to keep up with the heat that some cheaper 3000 RPM fans could keep at 70~80c on a full load?

Sorry, I kinda forgot the logic behind this. It should work at the rate the motor works. the blades don't determine the speed. dur.
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okay guy i found the edit post button good job
post #4 of 5
I've been successful in bringing fans back from the dead many times. I've never had or had to repair a cpu fan with ball bearings so I can't comment on them. Once I pull the sticker from the rear of the fans, I take a needle to remove a plastic circlip that usually hold the fan together.

After it's apart, a nice cleaning to remove all the gunk that is seizing it up and some automotive grease gets them working. I've repaired many PSU, n/s bridge, xbox 360 and pc case fans that way and have yet to not be successful.
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Okay. Thank you. I was going to try doing this before anything that costs money, but i didn't know where was a thing that held it in place.
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