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Is anyone else experiencing this annoying fan rattling issue? Seems to happen any time the fan speed is increased above 30-35%. Upon further inspection the fan appears to have a lot of vertical play so it must be moving up and down while spinning at higher RPMs.
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post #2 of 36
you might have a faulty fan on it. you might want to call up sapphire and let them know about your problem and see if they can send you a replacement cooler or just the fan.
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Someone else on OCN had the same problem with the Sapphire 5970. The defective fan rattle or clicks when in a normal ATX tower setup. There was no clicking or noise when the computer was placed on its side with motherboard parallel to the floor.

You should RMA the graphics card.
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It was Dopamin3. He documented his story well.

http://www.overclock.net/completed-t...ml#post7700003
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I just returned my Sapphire 5970 for that exact same problem less than an hour ago.

Ofcourse there is no other 5970's in stock, so I'll just use my 4870x2 which I find is still wicked
    
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Count me in, not only does my fan rattle but when I received my card the box and all packing had been opened and there were fingerprints all over the card. Someone had been fondling my GPU!
I am going to contact Sapphire and see about an RMA cross ship.
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Mine appeared to have been opened also. I didn't notice any finger prints though. Perhaps those of us with rattling problems are the victims of a saboteur. I got mine from the egg. Maybe some nvidia fanboy broke into the warehouse and was messing with the fans. Hehe.

I opened a support ticket with Sapphire regarding this rattling issue. I will report back on what they suggest/say. My guess would be an RMA, but who knows. With such limited stock I am somewhat afraid to choose the RMA option.

I noticed that the Sapphire HD 5970 was no longer on Newegg earlier this evening. It was not even listed any longer. I wonder why that is.

Looks like it's been deactivated: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102863
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Originally Posted by zbillings09 View Post
Maybe some nvidia fanboy broke into the warehouse and was messing with the fans. Hehe.
hmm are you guys thinking the same thing as me?
could the saboteur be 003 ? lol
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post #9 of 36
LOL I bought my Sapphire 5970OC in Canada,at a store in person.
It was also open and the CD cover was also torn.
I just think people pull them out of the box to see how big and heavy they are.
My card rocks 1000 core with ease so its a keeper,just not a Virgin when I got her that dirty,dirty girl.
post #10 of 36
When I got mine, both the seals on both sides were off the box and didn't seem sticky anymore, but it did not appear to be opened. When I opened it, it was the situation with the tight lip, where you kind of end up bending it a little to lift the cover. I don't have a built rig to test it for rattling, though. I will hopefully have it soon! I'll let you guys know how it goes. Hopefully I won't have to RMA.
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