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Journeyman III

One of my two GPU fans stopped working after W10 and 18.5.1 install

This is weird.

I was using Windows 7 Pro SP1 and a February driver.

Then I fresh installed Windows 10, upgraded to whatever latest version is (all updates installed), and installed the 18.5.1 driver.

After rebooting, I noticed one of the two fans on my Sapphire R9 270X stopped working properly. For instance, they spin normally on POST, but then Fan A stops spinning. It sometimes comes back to life on the desktop, but the weird thing is it stops spinning after I open a game.

If I set their speed (via graphical UI) to e.g. 100%, then both fans spin fast, but this Fan A is definitely spinning on a lower RPM than Fan B, not too much though.

I took the card off the motherboard to test the wire and connectors (the ones that connect to the PCB). Both spin at the same speed, so the fans/cable/connector are NOT the problem.

Has anyone ever seen this? GPU-Z is reporting a GPU BIOS version from 2014, so I don't think the BIOS was updated while installing the driver.

Performance in games is unaffected by all this. I'm now playing GTA V. While the GPU temp never reached 70+ºC, this temp was achieved after a few minutes of gameplay. I'll continue testing.


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