Just bought this card off of ebay and it is supposed to be "almost" new, however the heatsink fan is definitely not on. The card works and provides good graphics, however I'm worried that this will shorten the life of the graphics processor and cause it to run poorly.
Is it run by drivers that will turn on that fan at a cerain temperature? Or is it probably a faulty fan? Will this cause problems with the quality of video?
Re: My Soltek Geforce 5700 (SL5700XD) heat sink fan.
If the fan seems to belong there, then it must run, may be slower at idle but must run or at least spin-up at boot time. Better put any fan u can get on it, even a 10cm case fan will do.
On the other hand, if you dont play games on it in sommer, it will survive the rest. There are heat sinks without fans on cheap cards and they work (like the MX series Nvidia)
Start a game, OpenGL or D3D and let it render for a hour or so, while being arround. If the screen doesnt display any funny rectangles or freezes, you should be ok. The heat wount kill the card, cause yours already has a overheat protection in the chip.
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hi, you may even find a new graphics card won't help. you are most likley suffering from an overheated northbridge. there not usually monitored for temp this is on the MB so, not good news as this will eventually go dead. and even re- greasing at this point won't help. however. by disassembling both the video card and northbridge heat sinks. you should find one of them pretty dried out.
Amazon sells a 40mm fan for about 4.99, it is a 3 pin setup (may be available in 2 pin).
But that should be about the same size as your existing card fan. Just watch for height issues on the new fan. This would be easier that trying to replace the existing fan, as it is most likely powered through your video card port and would be difficult to replace.
As far as mounting it to the card, try just a couple of drops of super glue on the outside corners of the fan, then mount it to the heat sink on the card, the existing fan is probably mounted w/ screws, you may get lucky and the new fan will match the existing holes, otherwise just super glue it.
Not a factory fix, but it will work!
Take care Dave
remove your heat sink then clean the surface of the heat sink with clen cloth apply athin layer of heatsink compund and fix the heat sink tightly if the heatsink is dried or worn out the heatsink gets heated up also check the fan is working
that is problem of processor when processor is overheated it do so there is a white heat sink compound between processor and heatsink detach heat sink and apply new heat sink compound on the processor and look properly that heatsink is firmly fixed to processor or not .it may problem of fan if fan is rotating with low frequency then also it happens replace new fan the frequency of fan can be seen in setup
I would highly reccomend paying for an aftermarket heatsink insted of playing too much with additional fans on the graphics card. While bigger fans make small difference, a bigger better heatsink, with higher quality/conductivity contact material (copper) makes a HUGE difference. Also the way the heatsink contacts the processor on the graphics card is very important, thousands of PC modders apply "Artic Silver 5" to the bottom of the graphics card heatsinks(where it contacts the processor) and have large drops in temperatures. The compound costs about five to ten dollars, and most neighborhood radioshacks have it in stock.
If your interested in getting a new heatsink:
(See GPU heatinks at newegg.com)
Just make sure its compatible with your particular card.
Hi, All the factory fitted CPUs are having such heat sinks as previously u were having. Check on the backside there will be small plastic covers where screws fit these could be removed by screw driver but u can purchase that heat sink or can use previous heatsink as well if it is working.
The card may be overheating and switching to lower DPI to save on the power consumption and heat. Try using a diagnostic utility to check the card temperature. Also, check the heatsink/fan to make sure that it is properly seated on the card.