ATI Card, dying fan. Do I need it?

Kenny S January 31, 2009 at 21:53:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Radeon HD 2600 PRO and the fan just started making a lot of racket. I cleaned it but it persists so it's about gone. Can I run the PC with a dead fan and not hurt the card as long as I don't stress the card with games or whatever?

Or can I even game with it and still be relatively safe?

Thanks.


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#1
February 1, 2009 at 08:08:52
The manufacturer didn't put a fan on there for no reason.

Is the card still under warranty? If not, Google for replacement fans. If so, RMA the card.


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#2
February 1, 2009 at 10:45:15
Pretty sure I've seen some video cards that have fans, be manufactured by another company without fans, hence my thought that s fan may not be necessary, especially in a non stressed situation.

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#3
February 1, 2009 at 10:46:43
You might be able to get by. However, the cards without fans usually have passive cooling. That means a bigger, better heatsink on the GPU.

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#4
February 2, 2009 at 04:13:44
"I have a Radeon HD 2600 PRO and the fan just started making a lot of racket. I cleaned it but it persists so it's about gone. Can I run the PC with a dead fan and not hurt the card as long as I don't stress the card with games or whatever?

Or can I even game with it and still be relatively safe?"

Take the video card out, remove the heatsick/fan combo unless you can remove the fan by itself. Once you remove the fan, on the back of the fan there is a round sticker. Remove the round sticker and add 1 or 2 drops of 20W50, or similar synthetic motor oil. Spin the fan by hand a bit and pull/push it in/out gently. Clean the excess oil up, and re-apply the sticker, or if it wont stick, use some shipping tape.

You can also rebuild the fan, but that takes alot more steps. I posted the instructions to that a few years back.

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#5
February 5, 2009 at 02:28:58
Good point, OtheHill and thank you, I hadn't considered the HS might be taking up any slack from a lack of fan..

Thanks Outlander, I'll try that. The fan has stopped the racket now, but seems to be running very slow, hard to say though, it may be running at normal speed.

I guess I'm asking for trouble if I don't do something. If I run say a game with high video system requirements, play hard for awhile and don't experience trouble. can I assume the fan is running up to par? I doubt I can get an RPM reading from the CMOS on the card fan itself so, any other way to get a rough idea of if the fan is funning at full speed or not? Also, does the video fan fluctuate it's speed like some processor fans do now days?

If I do find it bad and OL's fix doesn't work, I'm sure I can rig something with parts I already have around, but I need to first make sure that it's not functioning first.

Thanks again for the helpful advice.


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#6
February 5, 2009 at 06:00:55
Overheating can permanently damage the GPU.

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#7
February 5, 2009 at 06:16:51
as already mentioned some cards have fans and sometimes the same type from another maker does not. I believe that in some cases they have a fan for marketing purposes as it makes the card appear as more powerful and more attractive. whether you can get away with no fan partly depends on the ventilation of your pc case and the proximity of your car to any other fans and also whether the card is horizontal or vertically mounted. aslo what the heatsink is like, some have lots of fins with a fan on top. some rely more on the fan and lack a lot of fins. more fins the better.

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#8
February 11, 2009 at 22:53:03
I believe that in some cases they have a fan for marketing purposes as it makes the card appear as more powerful and more attractive.

I tend to agree and have had the same suspicion in the past.

So far, every thing seems fine and I've pushed the card with some fairly up to date games so, either the thing had an intermittent problem that took care of itself or it's running slow now and that doesn't pose a problem.

Either way, I'm happy. :)


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