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Has anyone ever replaced the fans on the 290 Vapor-X model?

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2 of the 3 fans have stopped spinning on my GPU, and it has never been taken apart or modified. And other people have definitely had this problem before.

If I cannot RMA my card with Sapphire, I was thinking of other alternatives.
Maybe I could watercool the card? I couldn't find a waterblock, so maybe I'll have to red mod it.
Or I could just take the stock fans and plastic shroud off and replace them with either 3 92mm fans or 2 120mm fans.

Which seems like the best option to go for if I can't RMA the card?
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If you want to stick with aircooling, you can stick a Rajintek Morpheus on it, or that giganormous Prolimatech MK26. If you want to go liquid cooling, you can find AiO solutions if you don't find any custom waterblock, but I can't give you any advice about it.

Aircooled custom radiators are fun but take up to 4 slots and have more height than the card, but they're more efficient and quiet as you will stick two 120mm fans on them...
     
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I've had the same thing happen to my card actually..It's the defective fan controller on the pcb that is causing problems..

What I did was inexpensive and works quite well actually..I've used a custom cable to reroute the 2 fans to my fan controller so that I can adjust the speed manually..You can also connect them on a PWM fan connector on your m/b and use speedfan or something to control the speed..

More info on the thread that I created a while ago addressing this problem

Again,it is inexpensive , you won't have to dismantle your card in any way and you will be on air successfully until you can watercool it if you'd like

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Originally Posted by mAs81 View Post

I've had the same thing happen to my card actually..It's the defective fan controller on the pcb that is causing problems..

What I did was inexpensive and works quite well actually..I've used a custom cable to reroute the 2 fans to my fan controller so that I can adjust the speed manually..You can also connect them on a PWM fan connector on your m/b and use speedfan or something to control the speed..

More info on the thread that I created a while ago addressing this problem

Again,it is inexpensive , you won't have to dismantle your card in any way and you will be on air successfully until you can watercool it if you'd like

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Wow thanks so much for all that info. Time to try to find a cable that can connect my gpu fans to my fan controller.
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Originally Posted by ebhsimon View Post

Wow thanks so much for all that info. Time to try to find a cable that can connect my gpu fans to my fan controller.
No prob , it was very frustrating when it happened to me too.. smile.gif

I got mine from icemodz . Try sending them a message if you can't find something locally..Remember,you need mini pwm connectors on that cable wink.gif
   
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