I have a Gigabyte Windforce R9-270 which has developed a very annoying fan rattle. It is intermittent but when it starts it is seriously annoying. Other than that the GPU is fine and I'm not looking to upgrade particularly.
I have taken the fans off and refitted them, ensuring that no wires or anything else are in contact with the blades. But still the rattle at certain speeds continues, and I can only assume it's the fan bearing itself. So I want to replace them. The problem is that they are non-standard low profile fans, with a sort of triangular mounting with 3 tiny screws that hold the fans onto the heatsink. I've seen similar on eBay but they seem to be very cheap looking no name fans..
I had the idea of bodging on some standard 92mm fans with cable ties, but it really was not possible to secure them to the heatsink, and it looked terrible... So gave up on that idea.
The next idea I had was to use a PCI slot cooler like this - http://gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=1&cid=13&id=109 and remove the stock fans, leaving on the standard heatsink. I'm thinking the airflow from those mounted in an adjacent slot should be enough? Any thoughts on that from anyone?
Or the last option is just to replace the whole cooler with something like an Arctic Accelero Mono.
Oh, I have already thought about adding grease to the bearing, but it's not accessible, which is a shame.
Thoughts or advice appreciated
Edited by hamluis, 23 March 2016 - 12:46 PM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.