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post #1 of 15
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I haven't had a chance to pick up a case to put my components in, so everything has been sitting on the desk in front of me for the past week. During this time I've had the opportunity to see everything at work (ie. watch the fans spin).

I've noticed that randomly my video card's (see sig) fan will stop running for ~30 seconds at a time. Is this normal? I would assume not because I fail to see the purpose behind it. So if it's not normal, can anyone attempt to explain to me (ie guess) what is causing this? Then again, if it is normal you can still feel free to explain...
post #2 of 15
That definitely doesn't sound right.. Fans aren't supposed to stop, that's the whole reason behind a fan, is to keep the component cool at all times.
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That definitely doesn't sound right.. Fans aren't supposed to stop, that's the whole reason behind a fan, is to keep the component cool at all times.
Exactly what I was thinking. I panicked the first time I saw it stop. However, each time it starts up again on its own no more than a minute later.
post #4 of 15
Yeah, definitely not supposed to stop.

Do you have another PSU available? It's always tricky when a GPUs fan stops spinning because it can always be either the GPU itself or the PSU is on its way out.
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Yeah, definitely not supposed to stop.

Do you have another PSU available? It's always tricky when a GPUs fan stops spinning because it can always be either the GPU itself or the PSU is on its way out.
Nope. I'm 3000 miles from home on a work term. Hence why I do not have a case.

I did think of something to check the next time it happens however. I remembered that a red light illuminates on the bottom of the card if the PCI-E cord isn't connected. I'll check to see if that lights up the next time the fan cuts out.
post #6 of 15
Ouch, that sucks... Well, try re-seating it and cleaning it. Since you're so far from materials just do the easy stuff and pray it holds up until you can get home.
post #7 of 15
it also depends on what temperature your cards at cos if its cold it may stop the fan as a power save feature
    
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Well there are 2 things, your fan is dying and its slowly acting up. Eventually your gpu might burn up (hopefully not) The other reason is the gpu is not running hot enought for hte fan to actually kick in. The gpu probably has a feature to stop when the gpu is under a certain temperature. I have seen this with my laptop many times, my friend went crazy when his fan stopped on his laptop (we have almost the same laptop).

It starts up again in less than 1 min because the gpu heats up pretty fast making the fan kick in again. Hopefully this is the case here.
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post #9 of 15
yup if it's new it might just be power save. you can tell if it's crapping out by turning when it's off and if it feels loose and not so smoother the plastic bearings are going junk.

I might think it's power save. you can tell how hot the gpu is getting when the fan stops by using HWmontior

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
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post #10 of 15
Never thought about power save.. Hopefully it's that!
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