Any way to control video card fan?

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  1. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    I just installed an eVGA GeForce 7600GT video card in my new Vista Ultimate x86 RTM computer. The GPU fan runs almost silently until just before the Vista logon screen when it kicks into high gear and stays there. I have the drivers for Vista RTM (97.46) installed. I've looked in nVidia Control Panel help and found a reference to controlling the fan speed and GPU clock, but those settings don't appear to actually be there. Is there any other way to control the fan speed? I'd also like to monitor the GPU temp.
     
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    I have the same model card, different brand. They all do that - nothing to really concern yourself with. Some cards actually come with the wiring for you to add your fan directly to your motherboard to monitor the temperature, others don't (or the motherboard doesn't support it even though the wiring is in place). If you buy a fan controller for your case (it usually sits in a cd-rom bay), you can attach it to the controller and control the fan speed.

    I had the latter setup for a few years on my old machine and it worked like a charm.


    Here is an example of such device:

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    try rivatuner, should be able to in there.
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    o shit, never noticed you had Vista... good luck.
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    Another option is to buy a device called a thermistor (specifically, one that's rated to control the voltage and amperage of a computer fan), glue it to your video card's heatsink with Arctic Silver epoxy, cut the red wire going to the fan, and solder the wires coming from the thermistor to the cut ends of the red wire. That will cause the fan's speed to be controlled by the temperature of the heatsink.
     
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  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'd be curious about what the temps are on that video card.

    If they're strangely high, you might not want to slow the fan down.

    That's probably not the case since the fan speeds up so soon, but you never know.
     
  8. mdaniel

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    Yeah I'd like to see the temps too. The fan doesn't gradually speed up at startup and it doesn't speed up during load, like when running a 3d benchmark. Its like it gets a command to go to max speed right as the GUI starts and then stays there.
     
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    It might be controlled by the level of data throughput. A lot of newer devices are going in the direction of increasing their cooling capacity when the device actually starts working hard, as opposed to when it finally gets really hot.
     
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    Jago It helps if you hit it.

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    Just a shot in the dark but you might want to try SpeedFan.
     
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    GPU temp shows up in the nVidia control panel ony my 6600GT.
     
  12. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    These new Vista RTM drivers are pretty basic. I couldn't even get the standard USA driver to install. It kept failing and I found others on the nVidia forum having the same problem. The solution was to download the UK English driver. I think they've still got a lot of work to do. Hopefully they'll add back temperature monitoring.
     
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    I have yet to see a videocard which speedfan could control. I've seen it in rare cases read the temperature, but not the fan.
     

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