Unplugging the fan on a GeForce FX 5200

By septor
Aug 21, 2006
  1. Is this a good idea? My fan is making all kinds of noise, I have already bought a replacement card from, so the issue is only valid for a few days.

    If I unplug the fan, will my card/system be ok?
  2. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 170

    Not a good idea.

    If it has a fan it probably means it produces a lot of heat. The heatsink alone might be okay if you don't do anything GPU intensive, but you'll probably encounter overheating problems during gaming.
  3. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Or least of all before you do, look into buying another fan... it may be just a 20mm fan you can buy for less than $5

    Or you can always go water cooled ;)
  4. septor

    septor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If I can endure the noise, will it be fine to continue gaming?
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    Since you asked, I wouldn't game until I replaced the fan. IMHO, it won't be fine to continue gaming.
  6. Shizat

    Shizat TS Rookie Posts: 70

    I kindof agree, however, I have done so myself. Just watch your temps, and if you have an extra case fan, you may point it at your card...
  7. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    Yeah, true. I sort of forgot you said you already have another card ordered. Try it and see.
  8. septor

    septor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have 3 case fans blowing in various directions, so the flow of air isn't really a concern. I was just curious as to if anyone had any horror stories from doing such a thing. I've had it running without a fan for about 2 hours with no problems. I'm going to shut down for a few hours and let it cool down.

    Like I said, I have another card coming (should be here tomorrow) so I'm not too concerned with keeping the card intact, if it does survive it's going to be repaired and used in my slackware box.

    Thanks for all your input. If all else fails I have a box fan sitting next to me, I can hickstyle fix it until tomorrow ;]
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    I've had an Nvidia card's fan fail and the card fried before I realized it. I had an Radeon X800XT PE fan fail not too long ago and it's temps would go up fairly fast. I have an Arctic Cooling heatsink/fan to replace it but haven't done so yet because I upgraded to another graphics card since. Less powerful cards don't generate as much heat so you can get away with it longer.
  10. septor

    septor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I realize no one probably gives a crap, but everything survived and nothing went wrong.

    Thanks for everyone's input!
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