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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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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
I considered the possibility of power save as well. It just seemed silly to me to implement it if it was only going to last for less than a minute at a time. Although it is possible the designer had a different view on it; they may have considered 30 seconds at a time worth the effort.
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Try another pci-e cable from the psu
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I have heard rumors that ATI is somewhat overaggressive with their power saving features. It may be that the power save is kicking on and the GPU temps are dropping below a threshold and the fan turns off. Then as the temp increases, the fan kicks back on as others have said. Test to make sure that everything is connected right. Re-seat everything for good measure. If you have another power connector, try using that. If you aren't experiencing any other weird issues, it may just be the way that the card operates.
    
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Since making this thread I have taken the opportunity to observe my video card in action more than I had before. The fan shuts down far more periodically than I had first noticed. I have also taken the opportunity to run HW Monitor constantly for the past day or so. It would appear as if a power saving feature is at the root of all this. My videos card's temperatues stay within a reasonable limit (28C to 37C) with the upper and lower bounds corresponding to the start and stop of the fan.

Looking back it seems rather silly to question the phenomenon, but at the time I was panic-stricken, haha. Thanks for the input everyone.
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Since making this thread I have taken the opportunity to observe my video card in action more than I had before. The fan shuts down far more periodically than I had first noticed. I have also taken the opportunity to run HW Monitor constantly for the past day or so. It would appear as if a power saving feature is at the root of all this. My videos card's temperatues stay within a reasonable limit (28C to 37C) with the upper and lower bounds corresponding to the start and stop of the fan.

Looking back it seems rather silly to question the phenomenon, but at the time I was panic-stricken, haha. Thanks for the input everyone.
still doesn't seem quite right.

at 30c my fan still goes at 20% on my 5850.
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