Topic: Video card
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Old June 8th, 2019, 03:37 PM
Digerati Digerati is offline
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What is the card brand and model number? GPUs do tend to get hotter than CPUs. Some are still perfectly stable at 90C or even hotter - but just thinking about that make me uncomfortable.

Since your card does not have a fan (which suggests it is not a monster gaming card) it relies on a good flow of cool air through the case - and setting up case cooling is your responsibility.

What do you have for case cooling? I generally recommend at least one large (120mm or larger) intake fan in front, and one large fan in back exhausting heated air out. These do not include the power supply fan.

Is the case interior (and the graphics card heat sink) clean of heat trapping dust? While in there looking, inspect the case to see if you can add another fan or replace what you have with larger fans. You can generally tell if it accepts larger fans as there will be 4 screw holes just a bit out from the 4 existing screw holes used to mount the current fans. The next common size up from 120 is 140mm. That may not sound like much but a typical 140mm fan can move a lot more air and typically while spinning at a lower RPM too. And that generally means less fan noise - always a good thing.

and makes a grinding sound.
That is not good but confusing too. The graphics card should not be making any grinding sound if it does not have a fan. A grinding sound suggests motor bearings are worn. It also means that motor is likely to seize in the near future. Not good.

So you need to pinpoint the source of that grinding noise. This can be difficult as sounds tend to resonate and echo through PC cases. Using a paper towel tube as a stethoscope can help isolate the sound. Putting your finger on the center hub of a spinning fan for just a second will change the rotation speed of the fan and that will change the pitch of the fan noise. This method might also help identify the source of the grinding noise.

Hopefully, it is a fan (easy and inexpensive to replace) and not a drive motor. How's your data backup status?

@Murf - perhaps this thread should be moved to the Hardware forum?

Last edited by Digerati; June 8th, 2019 at 03:38 PM. Reason: added note to Murf
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