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05 Oct 2010  

Windows 7 Professional x64
Radeon 5870 Weird fan noise


I have a ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card.
It works perfectly, and has done so ever since I got it.

However, yesterday it started making a weird noise. It is kinda hard to describe.
It sounds like the fan isn't revolving as it should.

I tried to dust off my computer, take out the graphic card and dust it off thoroughly.
I use one of those spray cans called "Dust off".
A lot of dust came out. I put the card back in, and I still get that weird noise.

I tried to google my problem, and found a "solution" that kind of fits my issue.
It's a youtube clip of someone which has a graphics card that sounds about the same as mine:
YouTube - Ati Radeon hd 5870 Noisy fan (Not related to fan speed ventilation)

As you can see in the clip; the guy puts his computer on the side.
EDIT: I just tried to do like the guy in the clip does, and it worked. However, my casing is not built to "lie down", so that's not really a solution.

The sound is driving me insane.
The card works, though. I've stress tested it and everything.
I even cranked the fan speed up to 80%. -It kinda removes the weird noise that is my issue, but when I turn it back down to 25-30% I still get the weird noise..

I'm hoping someone knows how to solve this problem.
My plan B is to replace the GPU cooler, but I would rather not do that. I've never done it before and don't feel confident enough in doing it. It's also quite expensive, I believe, and I wouldn't know what cooler to get.

Any help is very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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