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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.

Your GPU, essential for gaming and graphics-intensive tasks, can develop fan issues over time. Unusual noises, overheating, or fan failure demand action. Replacing GPU fans is key for maintaining performance and longevity.

Key Takeaways

  • GPU fans are one of the most important aspects of a GPU, and a malfunctioning fan must be replaced to ensure your GPU functions properly or is not damaged.
  • Replacing GPU fans is not very complicated, but finding the right replacement fan is the big issue. 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.

How To Replace GPU Fans

Replacing the fan and heat sink on your graphics card can be a difficult and delicate task. User “@Treezy-07” on youtube got his GPU fans replaced following the steps we’ve explained in this guide.

WARNING: Replacing GPU fans is a delicate procedure that can void your warranty, so proceed with caution.

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

Also Read: Windows Not Detecting Second GPU

Identify The GPU Fan And Find A Replacement

To begin the GPU fan replacement process, first, determine the type (axial or radial) and size of your existing fan.

Blower Vs Axial Fans
Radial Fan On The Left And Axial Fans On The Right (Image By Asus)

Ensure the replacement fan matches your GPU’s original in 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.

Also Read: Does Overclocking Reduce GPU’s Lifespan?

 Before proceeding further, make sure to check out the best GPU overclocking software

Remove The GPU From The Computer

We have a detailed tested guide on how to remove the GPU from the motherboard, as it can help you complete the process safely. 

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

Remove The Old GPU Fans

Once the old fans have been removed, it’s time to clean the area since it can, over time, be covered with lots of dust. To perform this task efficiently and safely, go through our detailed guide on how to clean PC fans.

Follow these simple steps to remove the fans:

  1. Unplug cables.
  2. Remove fan screws/clips.
  3. Be cautious not to damage the connector on the GPU board.


GPU Fan Screws
Unscrewing GPU Fans (Image By YT/iFixit)

Install The New GPU Fans

To install the new GPU fan, plug the fan connector into the GPU board to install the new fan. 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.

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.

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.

Install GPU Into Motherboard Slot
Correctly Align And Install GPU Into The PCIe Slot (Image By YT/The Raccens)

Make sure the graphics card is securely fastened in place, and all cables are reconnected.

Test The GPU

With the GPU reinstalled, power ON your computer and check the GPU fan to make sure that it is spinning. You can also run a stress test or play a demanding game to ensure the GPU is working correctly.

Monitor GPU Temperatures

Monitoring the GPU temperature after replacing the fan is essential to ensure it’s working correctly. You can use software like MSI Afterburner or GPU-Z to monitor your graphics card’s temperature, fan speed, and other parameters.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I replace GPU fans on a laptop?

Replacing laptop GPU fans can be challenging due to compact designs; it’s advisable to consult a professional or the manufacturer.

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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