1 Fan dead... how long will it last v.Video Card

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  1. Zak8022

    Zak8022 New Member

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    My FX5700 has dual fan heatsink, albiet both fans are quite small (about 1 inch). One of them has been extremely noisy for a year or so, but seemed to function ok. Apparently, it has now met its maker and stopped working altogether.

    The other fan is still running ok, but the metal of the heatsink is quite hot to the touch.

    Question is... how long do you think it'll last before the card bites the dust once and for all? Also, what other bad sorta things do i have to look forward to when it does crap out as far as the rest of my system is concerned?



    And no, a new card is not an option quite yet... gotta pay off my new phone first.
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    The card may or may not die with one fan.
    It won't effect the rest of the system when it goes, although
    you obviously won't be able to boot up windows when it does.

    You could just replace the fans, those small ones are cheap.
     
  3. crontab

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    what brand. bfg has lifetime warranty.

    you can replace the fan yourself as well. there are plenty of aftermarket ones from like vantec, zalman, chinese no-names....
     
  4. Zak8022

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    Honestly, i dont feel like taking on the challenge of replacing the fan... especially since its such a shitty card. I beleive its a PNY, its been a good 4 years since i bought it.

    I think i might just use this as an excuse to upgrade... i guess i shouldnt wait too long... or there might not be any AGP cards on the market.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You'll be able to find quality agp cards for years to come.
    I'd just worry about the card failing for now. It's not hard to
    replace the fans. They have little push-in plugs that secure the fan
    to the card. Nothing to it.
    Just make sure you put the thermal paste in there that comes with the fans.
     
  6. Falconer

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    Wait, they're doing away with AGP cards?
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, because PCI-Ex16 is twice as fast as AGPx8. Not to mention, you don't have to have a special slot that you can't plug anything besides a video card into. (Which is good for machines that need lots of add-ons, but don't need good graphics.)

    OP, you can buy replacement fans for ten bucks at RadioShack. Find out what voltage the video card fan uses and go buy a replacement.
     

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