RTX 2080 Super Sea Hawk - Radiator Fan Trouble

christie157f02d6

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Afternoon all,

I'm hoping someone can help.

I recently purchased a RTX 2080 Super Sea Hawk and noticed that the temps were fairly high from what I'd expect from a hybrid card - to give you an idea, I'd be getting late 80 degrees when GPU was under load. This would be whilst running superpostition benchmarking or playing a game like Call of Duty. First thing I thought to do was check the fan speed and it's here that I noticed a problem. When leaving the fan to do it's own thing, it'll rarely got above 55% speed so thought I'd try a more aggressive fan curve. Using MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision X1 (not together) I quickly identified another issue, when the fan speed went anything over 60% the RPM keeps dropping for a second or 2 and then getting back up to speed, the higher the RPM the more noticeable. Even when setting a flat curve at 100% the RPM would still drop - link to a video of this happening is at https://photos.app.goo.gl/yeUgrsCrvJDgWqef9

Please note, this only applies to the radiator fan and not the fan in the GPU shroud itself.

I've since bought a new fan and experiencing the exact same issue which leads me to think it's the GPU problem. I'm in the process of reaching out to MSI but thought I'd also try here in case anyone has a solution as I'd rather not be without my card.

Thanks in advance.
 

flobelix

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Might be that the pump is not really working or the thermal paste is badly applied.
 

christie157f02d6

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Might be that the pump is not really working or the thermal paste is badly applied.
Thanks for the feedback - is there an easy way for me to check if the pump is working correctly? I'm also going to assume it's best to RMA the card for the thermal paste to be explored as it'll void warranty if I open?
 

flobelix

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If repasting is fine for the warranty depends on the local MSI office so it is best to ask.

If pump is working is hard to check. Only very bad temps do tell. So in the end it is indeed best to rma.
 
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