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GPU Cooling Question

  • Graphics Cards
  • GPUs
  • Cooling
  • GPU Fan
  • Graphics
Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 9, 2007 10:48:16 PM

If the noise isn't an issue, is there any reason not to run the gpu fan at 100%? (Lifetime issues, etc?)

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January 9, 2007 10:52:22 PM

no, but it won't make the gpu do anything special
January 9, 2007 11:18:39 PM

Please list the card in question.
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January 9, 2007 11:22:46 PM

Exactly what video card are you talking about? My ATI X1900XT 512 GDRR3 with stock fan @ 100% literally felt like a hair dryer. Did it do anything though? Yea, it made a really loud noise and blew a lot of semi warm air out of the case. Advantages... made the rest of my computer sound really quiet. Disadvantages... annoying and pointless.
January 10, 2007 10:44:29 AM

It's an 8800GTX (obviously with stock cooler). Even at 100% it's quieter than my x850 xt pe was when running at it's low speed. It is also quiter than my other case fans.
January 11, 2007 10:57:17 AM

It might put more wear on the fan. On the GPU end, it'll be fine. Then again, I could be wrong.
January 11, 2007 11:20:03 AM

Like any piece of machinery if you run the fan at 100% all the time then wear and tear will shorten its life more rapidly than running it at a lower speed.

The real question is how much shorter lifespan?

- Ask the fan maker - but don't expect an answer soon.

Or even more relevant - will you be replacing your shiny new GFX card with the 'next big thing' before the fan siezes up?

That one is all yours to answer.