My 6850 is still in limbo waiting for RMA on failed fan (after 2 weeks). So I'm using my backup card. My kids lod MSI 9800GT. Tonight the cooling fan took a dump too. Tried the usual tricks to get it spinning but to no avail. Question. Can the PCI slot do that? Both cards would show fan speed at 100% (EVGA Precision and AIDA 64) when fan wasn't working at all. Anyway looked around dug out my Arctic Cooling Accelero or whatever it's called from my bad 8800GT. Checked specs but it's not listed for the 9800GT. BUT... the mount holes lined up so I went ahead and installed it anyway. Superglued the memory heat sinks again too! lol By the way the Loctite brand super glue gel kicks ass. sets solid in under 5 seconds so you gotta be quick though. Anyway the point of this all is the passive cooler dropped the temps 14°C. why do they even bother with the fans, though gluing the heat sinks on the memory and VR's is a pain, it took all of 5 minutes minus the re-lapping time as they were used and had remnants of adhesive on the bottoms still to install it to the card then to the system.
This is why I've sent notes to multiple hardware/review websites about including in their video card reviews/evaluations: fan manufacturer, type of bearing, mounting clearances, accurate reporting of RPMs, etc.
Unfortunately, seems to fall on deaf ears.
As I've stated in multiple threads/websites, GPU fans are usually the cheapest pieces of crap used by video card manufacturers. And, it makes no sense why on a $100+ video card many use something like a dirt cheap $1(BMC) sleeve bearing fan. In addition, they use custom design mounts that make it impossible for all but the most skilled hobbyists to modify and replace a failed/noisy fan with a higher quality fan. From what I've read, I think manufacturers could probably reduce their warranty costs and increase customer satisfaction if they'd design cards so users easily could install their own fan.
hippy can you link me your passive heatsink? I'm still rocking with a 8800gt and it usually hits temps of 85c while gaming and that's on good climate, on summer it can hit 105c lol and still works.
I'm getting kinda tired that it hasn't died yet, I want a new card but can't afford one right now, I'm planning to pay the $30 for repair that EVGA asks when this one dies and hopefully I'll get a nice little upgrade.
Everything I write is Sarcasm.
EDIT: I'm having a really crappy time with XFX getting this RMA done for the bad fan on my Radeon HD6850. This ticket system crap sucks. just fix my fan. Said they hadn't received it when i called this morning. USPS said they delivered on the 11th. A call back oh ya we got it it just went to testing. I smell B.S. On the site though they said they will install after market passive heat sinks you purchase, for you. And their lifetime guarantee only lasts for 2 repairs. then it's not a lifetime guarantee anymore. Actually, then it's not guaranteed anymore. Sound like truth in advertising to you? so you see the quality of the card will have nothing to do with my never purchasing one of their products again unless it's bundled with a gaming invitation from god.
EDIT 2: Meats...really. When mine (8800GT) got into the 70's it would start artifacting like crazy!
Whoa man yours artifacted at 70c? Do you remember when you bought it? I bought mine right when they came out and it cost me like $280, the die size on mine is bigger than the later revisions which had a die shrink I think and the chip itself is 65nm. I swear man, this card seems indestructible. I'm sick of it. I bought Arkham Asylum on Steam for $5 and there was one part in the game where I was kinda happy cause I thought my card finally was ready to hit the dust... this is the part, the first 22 secs:
No its a XFX card with stock cooling. They have 2 6850 cards One with eyefinity or whatever it's called comes with dual fans mine has only a single. Only had it for 5 weeks before it crapped out. The 9800GT I'm using is an MSI that i put this cooler on. Didn't you and I talk about the 8800GT's
Meats I'm not sure when I bought it but it was just after the 9800GT's came out. i usually wait for next gen to be released so I can pick up a decent card for around $150 The stock fan on the MSI barely even covered 33% of the mem chips and none of the VR's