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The fans on my card started rattling a bit after two months of use. It's mostly noticeable at idle and low fan speed, it comes and goes at times. The sound is pretty annoying and i wanted to ask here if someone has any experience with installing a new cooler on this particular card? The exact model name is POWERCOLOR 4096M R9 290 PCS+, AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE and i don't plan on overclocking, i just wanna try to eliminate the rattling-like noise from those fans.I asked at the water cooling forum first and people helped me with choosing good stuff but it seems a bit pricy for just removing the noise, so i wanted to ask here as well in case there is a better solution.Also i have no idea how to install stuff like that, never done that before so if it's something easier to install it would be really great.
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The fans on my card started rattling a bit after two months of use. It's mostly noticeable at idle and low fan speed, it comes and goes at times. The sound is pretty annoying and i wanted to ask here if someone has any experience with installing a new cooler on this particular card? The exact model name is POWERCOLOR 4096M R9 290 PCS+, AXR9 290 4GBD5-PPDHE and i don't plan on overclocking, i just wanna try to eliminate the rattling-like noise from those fans.I asked at the water cooling forum first and people helped me with choosing good stuff but it seems a bit pricy for just removing the noise, so i wanted to ask here as well in case there is a better solution.Also i have no idea how to install stuff like that, never done that before so if it's something easier to install it would be really great.

The 290 PCS+ has a great heatsink. If I were you, I'd just remove the shroud/fans if you can and strap on some new 80mm spinners, or maybe 2x120mm ones if they fit.
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Hyper 212+ with extra fan Windows 10 Education x64 Shimian QH270 @110hz Medieval Dell OEM Keyboard 
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Corsair TX750 V1 Antec 300 Black Illusion  Logitech G400s Xonar ST 
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The 290 PCS+ has a great heatsink. If I were you, I'd just remove the shroud/fans if you can and strap on some new 80mm spinners, or maybe 2x120mm ones if they fit.

Indeed i haven't went more than ~80c in gaming with 50-60% fanspeed. However i have no idea how to "strap" new fans, would 2x 120mm ones work well? This would be so nice since my current 3x fans run at higher rpms and are more noisy.
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Sounds like bearings gone bad on the fans.... I'd remove the shroud to check the back of the fans have an accessible oil reservoir under the P/N sticker behind the motor of the fans.
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I have good luck removing the stock shroud & fans and replacing them with 2x 120mm fans.

To figure out if it will solve your problem use whatever 120mm fans you have laying around and attach them with some rubber bands.

If it works either PWM fans using the GPU PWM fan header with an adapter to control them .. or using Arctic F12 TC fans.

The F12 TC has build in speed control based on remote sensor with fan idling at 400rpm to 32c, then ramping up to full speed at 38c. Slipping the sensor behind the fin pack is all I've had to do to get good fan control.

Zip-ties are great for mounting. I secure the 2 fans together by zip-tying through the mounting holes. Then put zip-ties through end holes, around fin pack and back though hole and secure by slipping another zip-tie onto the end.. Cut off surplus and job done.
Edited by doyll - 10/24/15 at 4:21am
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I had fan break on a EVGA 460. Could not find a fan to replace it. Pulled the schrod and fan and replaced them with a 92mm fan I had laying around. Draw back is it is 3 slots wide now. The holes to screw the schrod in did not line up but tie raps hold it in place. Pretty quiet actually. Made no difference in the video temps. Just plug the fan into the motherboard.
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