8800 GTS Fan is Loud As Hell

and I can't take it anymore! After some driver upgrade at some point my 8800 GTS 512 fan has taken to spinning up to what sounds like 100% speed (and noise) immediately upon loading a game. It used to have a quieter stage that was much more manageable until it actually NEEDED to hit the full fan power.

Is there a good/easy way to fix that? I've poked through the advanced driver settings, but nothing is jumping out at me.

I haven't really messed with anything like this in a year or so but Rivatuner had settings you could adjust for fan speed. The obligatory: be careful! Make sure you card doesn't actually need the extra fan speed before you under-do it and destroy your card.

Certis wrote:

and I can't take it anymore! After some driver upgrade at some point my 8800 GTS 512 fan has taken to spinning up to what sounds like 100% speed (and noise) immediately upon loading a game. It used to have a quieter stage that was much more manageable until it actually NEEDED to hit the full fan power.

Is there a good/easy way to fix that? I've poked through the advanced driver settings, but nothing is jumping out at me.

I'll have a Palit 4850 Sonic Edition to sell cheap within the next week or two. Its super quiet and waaaaaay faster.

Yeah, as far as i remember there was an Nvidia driver released to increase the fan speed of all cards because of their problem with heat stress on most chipsets that's materialised within the last year.... unfortunately i can't find a link saying this exact thing so it may be my memory going funny.

Sure, Certis, lets troubleshoot. I have an EVGA 8800GTS 512MB, factory OC'd, so our cards' stats ought to be close. Use this to check fan speeds and temps. Here are my stats while idling: My fan speed is at ~1049 RPMs. Apparently, there are two sets of Temp sensors: My GPU is being reported at 64.5C and 72.0C, while the PCB is at temps of 58.0C and 58.8C. If yours are off by any noticeable amount, there is a problem somewhere. I'll run it under a load and get back to you on those temps.

Ok, after 10 minutes of FarCry 2 benchmarks (the first 7.5 at manageable game settings, and the last 2.5 at max-everything-w/4xAA-cuz-anything-higher-crashed-the-benchmark) I now have some decent info. My fan speed topped out at 1715 RPMs but averaged ~1650 most of the way. GPU temps were ~71.8C and ~79.0C. The latter peaked at 80.0C. The circuit board temps stayed at 64.0C on both sensors.

If any of your numbers differ drastically, I would recommend looking into your warranty for a replacement. Or get a new card.

What driver version are you on?

I have v178.13 and in the nVidia control panel, under performance, the is a GPU settings option. I am able to adjust the fan speed there, and if I crank it the sound difference is quite noticeable. At default its set to "Automatic," and I rarely hear a thing.

edit: jumped up to the 180.x set, and it looks mostly the same

One of the latest Nvidia driver updates fubared the fan control in my 8800GTS 640MB. I had to install Rivatuner and manually crank up the fan speed to avoid heat-related lockups in Far Cry 2.

Just another data point. I'm switching to AMD/ATI for the next build, this is retarded.

Podunk wrote:

One of the latest Nvidia driver updates fubared the fan control in my 8800GTS 640MB. I had to install Rivatuner and manually crank up the fan speed to avoid heat-related lockups in Far Cry 2.

Just another data point. I'm switching to AMD/ATI for the next build, this is retarded.

Each side goes through crap every once in awhile. Its just a crapshoot if your an early adopter.

boogle wrote:

Each side goes through crap every once in awhile. Its just a crapshoot if your an early adopter.

The hilarious thing is that this card has been bulletproof until the last round of certified drivers.

Podunk wrote:
boogle wrote:

Each side goes through crap every once in awhile. Its just a crapshoot if your an early adopter.

The hilarious thing is that this card has been bulletproof until the last round of certified drivers.

Which some of us, read me, did not install.

I only installed them because I THOUGHT I had a temperature problem, now I KNOW I do.