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Do all 9800GT run at 100% fan speed?

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September 1, 2008 9:11:51 PM

Hi I've been making some research about 9800GT's but, apart from a couple of reviews (literally), all I've found is people talking about their 9800gt's runs always at 100% fan speed and they can't control the fan via software.

Can somebody confirm this?
September 1, 2008 9:17:32 PM

i hope this isn't the case,
mine will (should) be here tomorrow (should have FedEx'ed it),
i can let you know then.
September 1, 2008 9:18:32 PM

It might be a Bios fault but from what I know they should not at 100%
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September 1, 2008 9:43:20 PM

What does it matter if it does?

Unless your under the untrue assumption that your fan being a 100% all the time is bad... or its incredibly loud. Somehow magically your case fans are at a 100% fan speed all the time and dont get hurt, but if your graphics card fanspeed is at 100% OMGZORZ!!111 IT WILL ASLPODEZZOR!

yeah.... never got that..

I have had my 8800gt at 70% fanspeed for about 2 months now and it hasn't done anything bad... and before that i had it for about 3 months with it on 65% fanspeed..

But it would be annoying if it was loud, but really if it isnt loud when its at 100% then i wouldnt worry and just get a 9800gt/stop worrying over the one i already had..

An intresting question, however would be that if it IS at 100% all the time, then what temperature is it at idle i wonder..
September 1, 2008 9:52:42 PM

no, its not the fan exploding thats the problem but some gfx card are noisy.... (I live with a 2900pro in my computer, and have learned to be much more sensitve.. the thing sounds like a leaf blower on 100% (but it only needs to be on 50% most of the time
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September 1, 2008 9:58:07 PM

lol spuddyt, mine(2900Pro) was inaudible in the background amongst my 4 120mm fans and 1 140mm fan...till it hit around 55 percent then i could actually hear it....anywhere past 60% and it was too much, that said on my GTS 512 i have it @ 61%
September 2, 2008 12:16:01 AM

Exactly, now I have an x1950 Pro and is almost noiseless in 2d mode (since I lower the fan speed to 41%). I couln't bear a card running at 100% all the time.

Also, I have almost no space in my computer so the card must have single slot heatsink/fan, and that of course will make any fan noisier than dual slot solutions.

I really, really hope somebody can confirm that what I read about the fans in 9800gt's was wrong or else the Leadtek 9800GT (http://www.leadtek.com/eng/3d_graphic/overview.asp?lineid=1&pronameid=439) I was planning to buy will never leave the shop :( 
September 2, 2008 12:20:11 AM

SanDiego said:
i hope this isn't the case,
mine will (should) be here tomorrow (should have FedEx'ed it),
i can let you know then.


Ok, I hope I'm wrong. Let me know what your result is :) 
September 2, 2008 9:56:17 AM

will do, just need to get it first, UPS fails =[

and im buying the MSI one, not the leadtek one, i wanted 1GB of mem,
and before you all slaughter me for 512 being enough,
and 1gig will slow my performance, oh well, i just wanted it =]
September 2, 2008 9:02:44 PM

i have my 9800 GT installed and there is no 100% all the time fan, its probably the quietest thing in my computer, cant hear it at all!
September 3, 2008 9:16:47 AM

But, can you hear the fan spinning up an down when you try intensive 3d apps and when you exit to the desktop?
September 3, 2008 10:16:22 AM

well i couldn't hear it while playing crysis either, idle temp is only 45C on air cooling, i suppose its because it is 65nm, so i don't think it gets all too hot, ill get back to you on temps under crysis load, srry for not posting back sooner, i was too busy enjoying crysis on High =]
September 3, 2008 6:27:52 PM

SanDiego said:
well i couldn't hear it while playing crysis either, idle temp is only 45C on air cooling, i suppose its because it is 65nm, so i don't think it gets all too hot, ill get back to you on temps under crysis load, srry for not posting back sooner, i was too busy enjoying crysis on High =]


I wrote to Leadtek and they told me their 9800gt are default at 50% fan speed and the fan is controlled by its bios, so I just ordered mine, I hope is not too noisy :p 
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