Another thread about a GPU fan issue

By Durake ยท 7 replies
Mar 1, 2018
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  1. I've searched several other forums and haven't seen anything similar to mine aside from the fan issue. My card is a GTX 970 SC.

    I recently took my computer out of its normal spot to clean it, and noticed the fans on my GPU are spinning for about 10-15 seconds then stopping for a little bit, then repeating the cycle. I've had the card for about a year now and am curious how long its been doing this. I'm surprised nothing has exploded! :p

    I started up GTA 5 as I know some cards have the intelligent fans that only turn on when it reaches a certain temperature. I launched the game and not even 5 minutes later that card felt like it was on fire! It was hot as can be, fans still doing the 15 second cycle and at that, barely running.

    I launched Afterburner to see if I could force the fans on and that works and cools the card down tremendously, but it crashes the game just about every time I force them on.

    Any solutions? I've seen other posts said to make sure the RAM is in all the way, cables are on tight, etc. I haven't tried taking out one of the sticks of RAM, but I did double check the cables and made sure everything was on correctly.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. What brand is your GTX 950?
  3. Durake

    Durake TS Rookie Topic Starter

    970? :p It's a EVGA GeForce.
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,228   +777

    Sounds like it may be a warranty issue once you can chart the temperature curve.

    Else, replace fan and..
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  5. Durake

    Durake TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would it be okay to assume the warranty is voided since I bought it slightly used?
  6. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,228   +777

    Yes. In that case consider removing and cleaning fans...see Youtube for videos on 'sticky fan repair'.
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  7. Sorry....typo. Excellent brand.

    Yes.....since its used the warranty should be void....but you never know. I would call/email them and find out. It can't hurt. If it is void...then break it down clean it and reapply thermal paste. I've done it on a old PowerColor AMD 5870. It's a great learning curve.
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  8. Durake

    Durake TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry for the delayed update everyone!

    I found a temporary fix (until I get more time) using MSI Afterburner, they have the startup option for fan speed, so I set that, then I have another preset for when I'm gaming. Without the fans on the card when playing GTA V it said it was at about 125 degrees, with them on it stays around 70ish..............Crazy...

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