Since all cooling fans die eventually, why make them hard to replace?
I have an older (out of warranty) but still very functional AMD FirePro v4800 graphics card. Recently the fan began squealing, and we all know what that means. So while I can access the three small screws to replace the fan, there is not enough clearance to remove it without disturbing the heatsink itself and the thermal interface material beneath it. There is no reason why this has to be done other than lazy engineering. These are STUPID design decisions, you should know better.
Rather than buy a replacement from AMD (was considering a FirePro W4300) with another poorly designed fan housing, I bought an Nvidia Quadro K1200 instead. Hopefully the fan housing design will not be as short-sighted.
Please forward this message to your R&D and Marketing departments.
Your customers deserve better.