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I used the same exact OC since I got my GTX 980, which was about the time they just came out. My temps never went above 67C no matter what and both fans were always spinning. I also updated to the latest BIOS for my exact card (MSI had 4 BIOS versions, depending on the serial number and I made sure to flash the right BIOS).

Today I suddenly got crazy artifacts in Witcher 3, so I check at my temps and OMZFGNMGHG - 80C!!! Then I look at the card and the main fan isn't spinning! So far I cannot get t to spin. What do I do? RMA? Add some oil? I use MSI Afterburner and I tried both - automatic AND manual fan speed adjustments, but neither made the fan spin!!!
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I used the same exact OC since I got my GTX 980, which was about the time they just came out. My temps never went above 67C no matter what and both fans were always spinning. I also updated to the latest BIOS for my exact card (MSI had 4 BIOS versions, depending on the serial number and I made sure to flash the right BIOS).

Today I suddenly got crazy artifacts in Witcher 3, so I check at my temps and OMZFGNMGHG - 80C!!! Then I look at the card and the main fan isn't spinning! So far I cannot get t to spin. What do I do? RMA? Add some oil? I use MSI Afterburner and I tried both - automatic AND manual fan speed adjustments, but neither made the fan spin!!!
Sounds like a faulty card. You can try oiling it but it's usually a temporary fix. Have you tried the card in a different slot? Might be a power delivery issue. Also are all your PCI cables attached properly?
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/GeForce-GTX-980-Stock-Cooler-/262053238210?hash=item3d039715c2

buy this or try to get a replacement fan from someone on OCN in the marketplace.

i'm sure there are tons of people with waterblocks on theirs.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-SELL-EVGA-Blower-fan-GTX-670-680-660-Delta-OEM-Genuine-BFB0712HF-New-Nvidia-/231679567457?hash=item35f12da661

this may also work.

oh its an msi cooler...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/75mm-GPU-Dual-Fan-for-MSI-Twin-Frozr-III-Video-Card-fan-52mm-4Pin-PLD08010S12HH-/161715931249?hash=item25a7054871

this one.
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Thanks for replies!

The card is not faulty. It was working 100% fine for almost a year now and nothing changed since the day I put it in. What changed is the fan bearing, I think. I took the card out and noticed that the fan that would not spin was more resistant to spinning when I tried to make it spin with my hands. The other fan, the one that worked fine, was very easy to spin with my hands. I have an air compressor and my PC + components are always clean, without dust. Still, I dusted the card anyway and now both fans spin, but it is obvious I need a new cooling solution soon!

My cooler is the TwinFrozr or whatever.
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It randomly stops spinning. I think all I need is to add some oil to the bearing, but could someone show me where the bearing is and how to get there? These are the fans I have on my MSI's TwinFrozr card - http://www.ebay.com/itm/75mm-GPU-Dual-Fan-for-MSI-Twin-Frozr-III-Video-Card-fan-52mm-4Pin-PLD08010S12HH-/161715931249?hash=item25a7054871&rmvSB=true .
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What about an rma?
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What about an rma?

I will ask them for new fans, lol. I don't want to wait 2 weeks without a videocard for a brand new card. All I need are 2 new fans for this specific cooler. They are already sold on eBay for $20. The BEST solution would be for me to put some machine oil on the bearing, but I don't know how to get to that exact place...
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I will ask them for new fans, lol. I don't want to wait 2 weeks without a videocard for a brand new card. All I need are 2 new fans for this specific cooler. They are already sold on eBay for $20. The BEST solution would be for me to put some machine oil on the bearing, but I don't know how to get to that exact place...
I understand the not wanting to wait for a new card, but it would suck for something else to go wrong and then reattach all the original stuff, and find out you voided your warranty, in the event you do need an rma at some point.
I don't know how lenient MSI is with swapping parts, I know EVGA is fine as long as when you send the card in if it had everything add original they could care less.
Hope you get it sorted out though, being without a fully working pc is no bueno
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I think I can detach the fans without voiding any warranty at all. I also want this specific card because of its good overclock... I tried several other MSI GTX 980 cards and never got anywhere as close as I got this one - 1550/8000Mhz, which is not amazing, but really good none-the-less.
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I think I can detach the fans without voiding any warranty at all. I also want this specific card because of its good overclock... I tried several other MSI GTX 980 cards and never got anywhere as close as I got this one - 1550/8000Mhz, which is not amazing, but really good none-the-less.

most likely you can take them off without dismantling the card.

i replaced a set on a 290x just by pulling the shroud off and they worked perfect.
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