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quick question regarding testing video card fan

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 16, 2013 9:10:33 AM

hey guys, hopefully someone can help me with a quick question. my friend gave me an videocard, and i wanted to test the fan before i use it since he said it might be noisy. can i just hook up the video card to a power supply (paperclip ready) via the pci-e power cables without plugging it into a motherboard to test and hear the fans on it? would doing this damage the video card in any way since its not plugged into the motherboard? thanks for the help
a c 197 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
October 16, 2013 10:40:17 AM

It won't work unless its installed into the motherboard and to test the fan throughout its speed range you'll need to have suitable drivers installed.
As a simple test, just spin it as best you can with your fingers or a pencil, any roughness or tight spots will be all too evident.