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post #1 of 9
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A few weeks ago, i killed my 6870.

RMA'd it, and just got it back yesterday. Installed it, and the fan makes a weird rattling noise. Card runs fine, just the sound is annoying.

I now have 2 options.

1. RMA it again, spend $15 on shipping, and be out a card for a week.

2. Spend $35 on an Accelero Twin Turbo Pro aftermarket cooler.

What does OCN think?


I know, I know, I should be angry at Sapphire (or Athlon Micro who fulfills their RMAs), and demand a non "defective" card, but I am not like that. Stuff happens, stuff gets damaged during shipping, etc. I guess I am too nice.
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post #2 of 9
Have you tried finding the source of the rattle and fixing it?

I have fixed a rattling heatsink on several occasions.
post #3 of 9
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Explain tried?

I blew compressed air through it.

Ran the fan at 100% for like 10 min.

That's about all i've done.
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post #4 of 9
idk , can you make a video and record the sound?
Could the fan be loose perhaps?
post #5 of 9
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Video maybe.

The noise gets louder the faster the fan goes if that helps anything...
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tired making a video, you really cannot hear it over my fans in the vid. (but your can IRL)
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post #7 of 9
Take the fan off and peel back the label covering the back of the fan, add a drop of oil. Button it back up and try it again. It's what I generally do to fix loud fans. I don't know what the 68xx fan is like however.
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post #8 of 9
soem fans are like that.

my lil bros old gainward gts250 used to make that noise.

try using some oil on the fan itself?
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post #9 of 9
if it's good overclocker, after market could be a good option. It's only $20 more and new rma doesn't gurantee quiet fan. That's just me though.
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