Reply 40 of 59, by cyclone3d
BitWrangler wrote on 2021-09-16, 18:57:
Yah I don't understand the ppl who are like "OMG no, run your GPU fan as low as possible, you'll wear it out!!!!111 Having it run full speed is over-stressing it!!" (and if it's a stock type on the cooler you'll probably find manufacturer spec is something around 9-15V range and you're not even really close to the edge on 12V) Dude, my fan is the wear part not my GPU kthx, I'll run it at 80% minimum just to take the edge off the loud pedal and stop my GPU getting hot in the first place, if it hits 100% it's doing it's job under load, not trying to kill itself imminently, calm down.
With newer video cards and cases with good air flow, I just set the fan curve so it keeps the GPU cool. I never, ever see the fans ramp up to full speed even if I am running a stress test.
On older systems, the best thing I have found to keep the video and other cards cool is to mount an 80mm to 120mm fan via a modified slot cover bracket to have the fan blowing down across the cards from above the slots.
Takes up way less space than mounting a puny fan on the puny passive heatsink and it cools both sides of the cards and cools way better than a dinky little fan and it is quieter as well.
Those little old fans were almost always cheap sleeve bearing fans and a lot of them have died after years of use.