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PowerColor X800 XT and noise

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Caustic, 6 Mar 2006.

  1. Caustic

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,678

    Location: Oxford

    I was wondering if anyone here has any thoughts on how to make the fan a little quieter. It seems to be making a little too much noise when idle. I don't mind if it makes a lot of noise when under load, but it is in a Shuttle (SN95G5 v1), so a noiseless idle PC is important.

    I was wondering if people had any tips. Would something as simple as WD40 etc help? I just thought I would ask the experts. :) Thanks!

    CD
     
  2. dale1uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

    Posts: 2,164

    Location: Newcastle

    Hav you tried turning the fan speed down on idle using ati tray tools or ati tools? other then that there's not alot you can do unless you get a Zalman cooler.
     
  3. Zephyrus

    Hitman

    Joined: 12 Oct 2005

    Posts: 518

    Location: Scotland

    Not much more to say, Dale has it covered.

    Zeph.
     
  4. Caustic

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,678

    Location: Oxford

    The fan does slow down a lot when idle, and it becomes fairly quiet. The trouble is, I don't think the Zalman would fit in my Shuttle. I just do like quiet gfx cards. Noise is fine when gaming, but when it aint doing much, it would be good to be quiet (the rest of my shuttle is real quiet).

    I might have to give the tools a look, see if I can't slow it down slightly.
     
  5. dale1uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

    Posts: 2,164

    Location: Newcastle

    ati tray tools give you the option to change the fan speeds from 0-100% at any set temps so depending on what temp your happy with at idle you could slow it down to say for example 5% when its below 50'c.
     
  6. firstborn

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,105

    Location: Nottingham

    Sorry to butt in - but can the Zalman cooler be used to replace the stock fan then? Mine has just started to sound as if it's dying. If so any recommendations?
     
    Last edited: 6 Mar 2006
  7. dale1uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Nov 2005

    Posts: 2,164

    Location: Newcastle

    yep the Zalman will fit straight on after the removal of the stock heatsink. At the moment the zf700cu is the best all rounder, the Zalman FS-V7 Fatal1ty will cool better, but will be louder.
    Might be worth waiting a week or so as the new Zalman vf900 is due out and will probably be even better still!!
     
  8. valerian

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Feb 2006

    Posts: 1,866

    Location: Stafford

    zalman -looks good, cools good, and you can adjust the fan speed