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Graphics card fan makes a loud rattling noise

Hi,
One of my GPU fans started making this annoying rattling noise a couple of months ago.
I tried taking it apart and figuring out the problem, but no luck. I don't have any warranty on the card so I can't RMA it.
Here's a video of the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgTq2JoQegM
It's a Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti.
If you have any advice or suggestions on what can I do to fix this, I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks!
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  1. There's an issue with GPU's called coil whine. It sounds like either the bearings are bad or its clipping the side of the card. If it's clipping, you can try carefully searching for a spot where the plastic is scratched and try bending the blade slightly. otherwise, you may be out of luck
  2. try finding a replacement fan. or you can always remove it and strap a 120mm or whatever size you want to the heatsink lol... ghetto but effective ;D
  3. tc983x said:
    try finding a replacement fan. or you can always remove it and strap a 120mm or whatever size you want to the heatsink lol... ghetto but effective ;D

    That's the thing.. I don't know how to remove the fan since both of them are connected with the same wire to the GPU's PCB.

    pyr0_m4n said:
    There's an issue with GPU's called coil whine. It sounds like either the bearings are bad or its clipping the side of the card. If it's clipping, you can try carefully searching for a spot where the plastic is scratched and try bending the blade slightly. otherwise, you may be out of luck


    I'm pretty sure it's the bearing. Anything I can do about it?
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    i watched the video, and its the bearings going out.. you can see how wobbily it is. Usually you have to remove the entire shroud and heatsink to access the *usual* 4pin plug on the board. this happened to me last week with my 280x. i am still waiting to see an xfx fan pop up somewhere, until than, i removed the shroud leaving just the heatsink, and ziptied a 120mm fan to it. I plugged it into one of the MB fan headers, and set the speeds of that header to run according to gfx card heat. works perfectly until i can get replacement fans.
  5. tc983x said:
    i watched the video, and its the bearings going out.. you can see how wobbily it is. Usually you have to remove the entire shroud and heatsink to access the *usual* 4pin plug on the board. this happened to me last week with my 280x. i am still waiting to see an xfx fan pop up somewhere, until than, i removed the shroud leaving just the heatsink, and ziptied a 120mm fan to it. I plugged it into one of the MB fan headers, and set the speeds of that header to run according to gfx card heat. works perfectly until i can get replacement fans.


    Hmm, this could work, but If I unplug the 4pin plug both of the fans won't work.
    I'll try unplugging the fans anyway, and stick a spare 120mm fan I have and will report the results.
  6. pyr0_m4n said:
    There's an issue with GPU's called coil whine. It sounds like either the bearings are bad or its clipping the side of the card. If it's clipping, you can try carefully searching for a spot where the plastic is scratched and try bending the blade slightly. otherwise, you may be out of luck


    Coil whine has nothing to do with the bearings. It is the coils as the name suggest.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coil_noise

    The clipping sound however, is from the fan blades touching a cable in the chassis - or it sounds like it.

    Best Regards from Sweden
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