i'm pushing 10 years on some of my AP15s, of near 24/7 usage. originally purchased 44, still have 43. 44th still spins, it's just noisy & i'm too lazy to properly oil it.
as far as gpus go, you tend to see lots of fans for sale on ebay, that may tell you something... I've been dropping blocks on things for many moons now, but even before then it never became an issue.
you shouldn't have to worry about your fan. set it to ramp to 100% whenever its 2c above idle, it'll still be fine. These things are rated for years & years of service. I have an ancient 6 series single slot AMD card i use for testing, it's fan still works.
also - consoles are a joke, it's why we game on PC. It allows us to decide our own cost & quality constraints. You have a nice card, It should run for a decade.
as to practices, I believe the coolers designed with zero RPM do it for quiet's sake, not lifespan. I could be wrong though.
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