My nForce4 fan is making noises

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My nForce4 fan is making noises

Post by pcrobot » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:52 am

Last night while I was on my PC a strange noise started coming from the tower. I was really tired so I just shut the PC of and went to bed. This morning when I opened up the case I figured out it was the nForce4 fan. (BTW, my mobo is a MSI K8N Neo4-F)

The fan is still running, but it sounds awful... should I look for a new fan on Newegg, call the manufacturer, or just let it go? I'm going to keep my PC off till I know what's safe to do with it.

Thanks!

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Post by cyberneticimplant » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:04 am

You can call the manufacturer to see if they can send you a replacement fan.

I think you can check Northbridge temperatures with SpeedFan. Usually the fan is just noisy, but still cools OK.

You can also get a passive Northbridge cooler if you don't want any noise. They are about $10.

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Post by Bwall » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:19 am

Highly recommend one of these two coolers depending on how your system is set up.

http://www.jab-tech.com/Thermalright-HR-05-pr-3350.html

http://www.jab-tech.com/Thermalright-HR ... -3484.html
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Post by Apoptosis » Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:26 am

some companies will send you a replacement fan free of charge. Not sure about MSI though.

I'd replace it with something better if you have to buy one.

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Post by pcrobot » Thu Feb 15, 2007 10:42 am

I'm currently on hold with MSI customer support to ask about a new fan... :axe:

EDIT: OK, I finally got through and hey said they can send me one, for "free" if I pay $7 shipping...

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Post by pcrobot » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:29 am

Next problem... on the MSI K8N Neo4-f they have the PCI-E slot so close to the chipset fan that it looks like if I try to replace it with a square 40mmx40mm it wont fit. :x

It looks like I have to get a replacement stock fan. :(

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Post by Bio-Hazard » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:35 am

There are several special NF4 chipset coolers that are offset just because of this problem. The chipset cooler on my DFI board is directly undr the video card........... :x

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Post by pcrobot » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:55 am

Well, one of the heatsinks that Bwall recommended (the Thermalright HR-05-SLI ) should work (according to the specs and a review on Newegg)

It seems to be out of stock at several sites though...

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Post by BenT » Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:40 pm

If you can take the fan out and see a hole in it on one side (it may be under a sticker), you should be able to put some oil in and it shouldn't make the noise anymore. My Epox NF4 cooler did the same thing for a while, but this fixed it. I used the same type of oil you'd put on a bike chain.

EDIT: http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,1000 ... 514,00.htm - There is a link to a tutorial that goes into a lot more detail.
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Post by slugbug » Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:25 pm

It seems to be a common problem with some chipset fans. The fans can spin at over 5000 rpm and the bearings wear out over time.

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