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How To Replace GPU Fans [All Steps Guide]

GPU fan damage can make your graphics card unusable. Here's how you replace them to keep your GPU out of the landfill.

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Your GPU, essential for gaming and graphics-intensive tasks, can develop fan issues over time. Unusual noises, overheating, or fan failure demand action. Therefore, you should know how to replace GPU fans to maintain performance and longevity.

Key Takeaways

  • Replace a malfunctioning GPU fan to ensure your GPU functions properly and to prevent damage.
  • Installing an incompatible fan can permanently damage your graphics card.
  • Find a replacement fan that is an exact match for your previous one in manufacturer’s stores or from specialized websites, carefully uninstall your old fans, plug in the new ones, and test your new GPU.
WARNING: Replacing GPU fans is a delicate procedure that can void your warranty, so proceed with caution.

Step 1

Identify The GPU Fan And Find A Replacement

First, determine your existing fan’s type (axial or radial) and size. Ensure the replacement fan matches your GPU’s original size, shape, mounting, and connector. To find a suitable replacement, check with the GPU manufacturer or specialized replacement fan shops, or search for non-functional GPUs with compatible fans in used marketplaces.

Tip: Be sure to ground yourself before handling the graphics card to prevent electrostatic discharge.

Step 2

Remove The GPU From The Computer

After finding a compatible replacement, I safely removed the GPU from the motherboard. Ensure that you use light hands when handling the GPU.

Example Of A GPU Fan Replacement Kit
GPU Fan Replacement Kit (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Step 3

Remove The Old GPU Fans

Next, I unplugged the cables and removed fan screws/clips. Once the old fans have been removed, it’s time to clean the area since dust can accumulate over time. Thoroughly clean the GPU and its surrounding areas.

WARNING: Be cautious not to damage the connector on the GPU board.

Step 4

Install The New GPU Fans

To install the new GPU fan, plug the fan connector into the GPU board. Do this carefully so that you don’t damage the connector pins. Then, align the fan with the screw holes or clips on the heatsink and begin securing the fan in place using those screws or clips.

GPU Fan Screws
Unscrewing GPU Fans (Image By iFixit)

Tip: If the fan is held in place with screws, then make sure not to go overboard when tightening them, as this could potentially damage the GPU.

Step 5

Reinstall The GPU

Once the new fan is installed, carefully align the PCIe slot and gently push the graphics card into place until you hear a click. Ensure the graphics card is securely fastened, and all cables are reconnected.

A GPU Connected To A Motherboard
A GPU Placed On Motherboard (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Step 6

Test The GPU

With the GPU reinstalled, power on your computer and check the GPU fan to ensure it is spinning. For better assurance, I ran a stress test and played a demanding game to ensure the GPU worked correctly.

Testing GPUs
Testing Graphics Card On Our Personal Testing Rig (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Step 7

Monitor GPU Temperatures

Monitoring the GPU temperature after replacing the fan is essential to ensure it’s working correctly. Software like MSI Afterburner and GPU-Z were helpful for me to monitor the graphics card’s temperature, fan speed, and other parameters.

Monitoring The GPU Temperature
Monitor Your GPU Temperature (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Tip: If your GPU is still under warranty, contacting the manufacturer is a good idea. They may provide a replacement fan or repair service, saving you time and money.

Final Words

While replacing a GPU fan can be a bit tricky for newbies, these methods proved helpful in ensuring I do not mess up any steps or damage my GPU. Furthermore, if the fans are not working after the replacement, double-check that you secured the fans correctly in place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Replace GPU Fans On A Laptop?

Replacing laptop GPU fans can be challenging due to compact designs; consulting a professional or the manufacturer is advisable.

How Often Should GPU Fans Be Replaced?

GPU fans typically last several years, but they should be replaced when they become noisy or fail to cool effectively.

Are Aftermarket Fans A Good Replacement Choice?

Aftermarket fans can be good replacements if chosen carefully, ensuring compatibility and performance similar to the original fans.

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