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I have an iChill Inno3d GTX 260 192sp GPU. I've been using it for quite a long time now and the temperature readings are Very good.

Recently one of the three fans started to make a lot of noise, specially when it regulated at 2D graphix - whenever I would get into 3D, or whenever I increased the Fan-speed above 40% in Riva Tuner, the Noise would go away.

I found the fan that was faulty, and it was actually making the noise because of Friction due to some dust stuck in there. I tried cleaning it with a Blower but no luck, I then decided to add a drop of machine oil to lubricate it but that was it I guess.

All of the fans won't run after the drop of Oil. I have no idea how oil can damage an electric circuit, and specially when it is Machine Oil.

I tried removing the cooler afterwards and cleaning the fan with tissues to get the slightest of the oil trapped in there but no luck. Eventually I even dropped the cooler into Detergent to remove any trace of oil and then left it to dry but still no luck.

The card seems to be running fine but the Core Temp, which used to be 40, is now 52 on Idle.

I was wondering, is there any way possible to get through this? It is disappointing. It is hard to find a Custom cooler here, Any repair methods would be appreciated. Also I wish to confirm if it was the drop of oil that damaged the fans.

Thanks again.
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Remove shroud and attach new fans with zip ties?
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not a bad idea actually...lol, two 125mm fans on top of it, attached to the motherboard/psu for full speed. Sound relieving. I need to find a way to attach them to the cooler, they are going to be heavy to hold on to the card right?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ghulam_phantom View Post
not a bad idea actually...lol, two 125mm fans on top of it, attached to the motherboard/psu for full speed. Sound relieving. I need to find a way to attach them to the cooler, they are going to be heavy to hold on to the card right?
Nah, just zip tie 'em to the heatpipes or something. Zip tying fans to coolers is pretty common. People have done it for ages.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 2/8/11 at 2:24pm
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hahaha, unbelievable.

Idle temperatures 37 with Ambient temperatures 31.

Load temperatures < 70 with Ambient 46.

Not bad I guess. However, I would like to know if the fans attached to the motherboard run at its fastest rate. If not, how do I max their speed?

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hahaha, unbelievable.

Idle temperatures 37 with Ambient temperatures 31.

Load temperatures < 70 with Ambient 46.

Not bad I guess. However, I would like to know if the fans attached to the motherboard run at its fastest rate. If not, how do I max their speed?

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You'd have to check the BIOS. Depending on where you plugged them in on the motherboard you would want to make sure that any smart CPU/system fan control options are disabled, that should make them run at full 12V.
     
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BIOS shows all fans on 100% Duty Cycle.

However, it shows that the fan is connected to Optional-Fan-04. There is a plug that says Power-Fan. Do you think connecting the fan to the Power-Fan plug will make it run faster? or is it all the same?
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It varies from board to board, so looking at your manual might help, but my guess is that it wouldn't change the speed. Of course it couldn't hurt to try it and see if there's any noticable difference in rotation, noise, or GPU temperatures.
     
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12V are 12V so it should be the same.
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