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Fast card but seems to have a minor manufacturer fault
on September 24, 2014
The video card is blazing fast and does handle all my games and 3D apps and movies as expected. However after using the card for about 15 minutes I noticed a noise coming from the card. I thought "No this can't be a fan bearing gone already" I got closer and sure enough I heard a noise that seemed to be emanating from the fan closest to the video connections. I shut down my computer, took out the card and inspected the fan by spinning them with my fingers . They were spinning freely. I went on a forum to see if it was just me . Turns out other people were experiencing the same problem and venting about quality controls. EVGA's stand on it was that the fans bearing were not bad but a sound caused by resonating fans was what was causing the issue. They released BIOS fixes that were suppose to minimize the resonant frequencies but this did not work for everyone. They I came across a guy who actually seems willing to pick down his a card to actually see what was wrong. He discovered that they are some "free moving" fins on the heat sink that seem to be hitting together when the fans spun up to a certain rpm. He applied some foam tape and then reattached the heat sink fan using some aftermarket thermal paste. The rattle is gone and now he is also seeing a 4 degree drop in temps after using a higher quality thermal paste. I will be attempting the same in a few weeks due to my OCD. Do the fix at you own risk but know that the card will work fine even without attempting it though you might hear a noise when the card gets hot during gaming and disappears when it cools down.