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  • XFX 6870 Noisy fan

    I have a XFX 6870 (well, two actually, in crossfire) and the fan has just started making a horrible weak and grindy sort of noise. The card is barely 6 months old. It sounds like it's on the verge of dying. Anyone heard of similar with XFX cards?

  • #2
    I know what your problem is.....XFX !!!......

    in all honesty there are a few of us on here that have had issues with XFX Gfx cards..... I would either RMA them or look at after market coolers...

    That said XFX PSU's are great !
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    • #3
      I would inspect the card and clean it (don't try an remove the cooler)

      That don't help I would RMA the card back to the retailer

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      • #4
        RMA it, it'll be well within warranty, plus as you have 2 crossfired you wont be with out a working computer while you wait.
        GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

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        • #5
          I have read in a few places now that the XFX 6870 fans are really noisy. Even in one of the Reviews on the aria page someone is asking if the noisy fan is normal

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          • #6
            yeah but thats normally because the fan in spinning to fast what you posted sounds like the fan is on its way out.


            you can try slowing fans down using msi afterburner and creating a fan profile

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            • #7
              I'll have a go cleaning it. It's at idle it makes all the noise. By comparison the other one is silent. It's actually starting to drive me nuts now.

              Is WD40 safe to use?
              Last edited by danmoz98; 03-07-12, 12:09.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by danmoz98 View Post
                I'll have a go cleaning it. It's at idle it makes all the noise. By comparison the other one is silent. It's actually starting to drive me nuts now.

                Is WD40 safe to use?
                No, dont mess with it too much if you send it back they might use it as an excuse not to honour the warranty.

                Just use a soft brush to dust it off. But dont leave any visible signes that you've messed with it.
                GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by danmoz98 View Post
                  I'll have a go cleaning it. It's at idle it makes all the noise. By comparison the other one is silent. It's actually starting to drive me nuts now.

                  Is WD40 safe to use?
                  hell no lol

                  just send it back mate

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                  • #10
                    Right, I'll have a look before I switch it on tomorrow and see if there's a build up of dust, there shouldn't be though. Bit of a gutter that it's got so noisy so quickly

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                    • #11
                      I have been use this card for over 6 months never have a noisy fan but got another problem with the new latest driver (I think)

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                      • #12
                        I've not actually sent it back as it's stopped doing it.

                        Bit weird really. If you shone a torch at the fans on each card, the newer card's fan was 'smooth' (you can tell looking at the sticker in the centre) whilst the slightly older cards fan was 'wobbly' and not spinning as fast (whilst being ridicuslously noisy). No idea what happened but it seems to have 'rectified' itself, for now at least.

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                        • #13
                          Well, just an update. I had some recent issues with BF3 where after playing for an hour or so my frame rate would fall through the floor. I thought it was the game at first but then I checked MSI Afterburner and saw this card was hitting temps of over 100c+ (the other was around the 80c mark). Even at idle this card was running about 20c hotter than the other card regardless of whether I put it in the top or bottom slot in Crossfire. Another comparison of the fan showed that compared to the non-faulty card it was again running visibly slower. I removed the card and examined the fan and it felt stiff to move with your finger. If you gave the other fan a gentle spin it would spin round as you would expect it to, the faulty one on the other hand would barely do two or three revolutions before stopping abruptly. Anyway, I RMA'd it to Aria and they've responded today saying it's rejected as; * Card tested with FurMark temps at acceptable level

                          So now I'm unsure what to do. Do I just take it back until it fails completely and RMA it again?

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