Topic Title: Question concerning graphics card whirring noise.
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 09/25/2013 01:50 AM
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Zachary1234
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I am running an ATI Radeon HD 5800 Graphics Accelerator, which runs well and is about 2 years old.  I have used an air compressor nozzel to dust out the built in fan.  However I still find that the fans makes a constant whirring noise, which apparently was not there before.  Is there any other way to quieten down my graphics card?

-My software doesn't seem to support any way of manually reducing the fan speed below 20%, which might help.  How much fanning is ever needed anyway?  Can the fan speed be hardware temperature safe reduced to zero?

 



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 09/25/2013 08:58 AM
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What kind of "whirring noise?" Is it a mechanical whine or does it sound like air being pushed through radiator fins.

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 09/25/2013 09:16 AM
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It is the fan on the graphics card itself.  It starts when the computer boots, but can settle down after some time.  It's obviously not a fault, but just a matter of some wear, on a 2 year old card.

The catalyst control centre lets me instruct the fan speed to go to anywhere between 20% and 100%.

Now, I have a sensitive nozzle for an air compressor, which I have used to blow out the microdust that can and does accrue in the fan.

It may simply be related to the ball bearings, but I don't see an inlet to add any lubrication oil or graphite, and don't want to begin attempting to unscrew and disaassemble my removed graphics card.

-I'm simply wondering, is there any further way to instruct the speed of the fan any lower that 20%, maybe even 15, 12, 10 (and even 0), in such a way that it will ignore this speed and go faster for heat protection's sake, if required?  Is there some sub executable that the catalyst control centre places which might give me this option?  Failing that, can someone point me to a free, safe little program which is catalyst copatible and will fulfill my requirements?  This would definitely put my whirring problem firmly under my control.

I'm running 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium.

Can someone kindly respond to my posted questions here?

 09/25/2013 09:49 AM
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You don't want to spin the fan slower than 20% even at idle due to the shrouded designs. The minimum fan speed is set in the VBIOS and would require editing in order to get around this limit, but it is extremely dangerous unless you know exactly what you are doing.

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