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Do I have a Fan issue on my MSI 680 GTX Twin Frozr III?

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January 23, 2014 12:38:26 PM

I have a MSI 680 GTX Twin Frozr III and just opened my case to see if it needed cleaning, and noticed one of the fans on the graphics card isn't spinning... does the card know how many fans to run by itself or is there an issue? the fan has freedom, it spins when I tried to move it.

I was running BF 4 at the time, so I would have presumed it would have had both running... should I be worried? if so is there anything I can do to address the issue?

Thanks in advance,
Chris

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January 23, 2014 12:50:55 PM

From what you have said yes it seems like the fan is broken. I have heard of a lot of issues of fans on a few select MSI Twin Frozr GPU's, however it is usually on the AMD R9 2XX line of things, not Nvidia. Your GPU should know how many fans it has and should spin them automatically, you should consider RMA-ing your card so that it doesn't overheat while playing games.
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January 23, 2014 12:58:28 PM

I have answered my own question, yes it does recognise when both fans are needed, and will keep one idle if it thinks it isn't needed, just thought I'd post so others who have the same question will be reassured! Seems the card is very powerful indeed if it only needs to run one fan to keep the card from overheating playing battlefield 4 64 man ultra graphics, awesome card!
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January 23, 2014 1:01:11 PM

apcs13 said:
From what you have said yes it seems like the fan is broken. I have heard of a lot of issues of fans on a few select MSI Twin Frozr GPU's, however it is usually on the AMD R9 2XX line of things, not Nvidia. Your GPU should know how many fans it has and should spin them automatically, you should consider RMA-ing your card so that it doesn't overheat while playing games.


thank you apcs13, I was worried and appreciate your quick response, and backup of my findings! gave me an excuse to mess around with afterburner too, until now iv had it installed but not really messed around with it =]
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January 23, 2014 1:08:27 PM

KrisC1337 said:
I have answered my own question, yes it does recognise when both fans are needed, and will keep one idle if it thinks it isn't needed, just thought I'd post so others who have the same question will be reassured! Seems the card is very powerful indeed if it only needs to run one fan to keep the card from overheating playing battlefield 4 64 man ultra graphics, awesome card!


Really? That's actually kind of cool, didn't know they implemented that kind of stuff in that GPU. Glad you don't have a broken card at least! If you don't mind my asking, what is your FPS in BF4 on ultra, assuming you play at 1080P? I get around 60 FPS on my GTX 770 (which is only a tiny bit faster than your 680), but it jumps down to the mid 40's often, and some areas it hovers there for no reason at all, while I get way higher FPS in other demanding games, 70-80 constant in BF3 and 70-95 with no dips in Crysis 2, plus usually steady 60's with all settings besides SSAA maxed in metro last light. I dont get the framerate issues I'm having!
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February 4, 2014 6:52:42 PM

I actually have the same exact issue with the same exact card. My back fan stopped running. I keep my case open, and dust often so I know it typically runs no matter what.

Its about a year and a half old, so im really disappointed to see its not functioning. I really...REALLY...don't want to deal with RMA.

Does anyone know if its possible to replace the fans on these cards?

Its the back fan, so I think its just over the memory not the actual GPU...however is winter here and the card runs significantly cooler (I did a benchmark test to see if I could get both fans running under stress, card didn't even get up to 60C)

I really love some more info from someone who knows what they are doing regarding getting a replacement fan.

Again id probably rather leave the fan dead than deal with RMA with MSI, they are known for return used cards that often have more issues than the one you returned, and the actual card runs fine...so I don't want to risk getting a RMA'ed card with two working fans and wonky memory or other issues.

Oh and im not sure where someone read that the card will idle fans it doesn't need. Never have I see both fans not working, even when the computer is idle, until of course I noticed the back fan never working.
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March 11, 2014 8:42:14 AM

apcs13 said:
KrisC1337 said:
I have answered my own question, yes it does recognise when both fans are needed, and will keep one idle if it thinks it isn't needed, just thought I'd post so others who have the same question will be reassured! Seems the card is very powerful indeed if it only needs to run one fan to keep the card from overheating playing battlefield 4 64 man ultra graphics, awesome card!


Really? That's actually kind of cool, didn't know they implemented that kind of stuff in that GPU. Glad you don't have a broken card at least! If you don't mind my asking, what is your FPS in BF4 on ultra, assuming you play at 1080P? I get around 60 FPS on my GTX 770 (which is only a tiny bit faster than your 680), but it jumps down to the mid 40's often, and some areas it hovers there for no reason at all, while I get way higher FPS in other demanding games, 70-80 constant in BF3 and 70-95 with no dips in Crysis 2, plus usually steady 60's with all settings besides SSAA maxed in metro last light. I dont get the framerate issues I'm having!


Sorry I've been away on work for some time, I get between 69-80 fps on BF4 on ultra on 1920X1200, I only run a 22" screen, because I find anything bigger is just too much lol but yeh, runs so sweet. I do have an I7 3550k and 12gb of ram and a Samsung sata 240gb so all in all everything runs superb!

Tbh the only issue I've had with this card is loading up guild wars 2, seems like the card cuts out... screen just goes black and then the picture comes back.
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March 11, 2014 8:47:11 AM

Cyberdown said:
I actually have the same exact issue with the same exact card. My back fan stopped running. I keep my case open, and dust often so I know it typically runs no matter what.

Its about a year and a half old, so im really disappointed to see its not functioning. I really...REALLY...don't want to deal with RMA.

Does anyone know if its possible to replace the fans on these cards?

Its the back fan, so I think its just over the memory not the actual GPU...however is winter here and the card runs significantly cooler (I did a benchmark test to see if I could get both fans running under stress, card didn't even get up to 60C)

I really love some more info from someone who knows what they are doing regarding getting a replacement fan.

Again id probably rather leave the fan dead than deal with RMA with MSI, they are known for return used cards that often have more issues than the one you returned, and the actual card runs fine...so I don't want to risk getting a RMA'ed card with two working fans and wonky memory or other issues.

Oh and im not sure where someone read that the card will idle fans it doesn't need. Never have I see both fans not working, even when the computer is idle, until of course I noticed the back fan never working.


well the card by default wont start up the other fan until 65-70C you can lower it by using afterburner, but I did the fps check on afterburner and it kicked in on its own at 65-70C and checked the settings and was indeed set to 70C so make sure the fan isn't working, otherwise changing the fan might be an issue as these cards are almost like concept cars, not meant to be opened and tampered with :p 

but im sure with some searching around you can find someone or some instructions on how to do so!
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