Hello, i have the ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II (https://www.asus.com/Graphics-Cards/R9290XDC2OC4GD5) and the main fan died and the second one makes a very VERY bad sound.
I plan to replace both of them with 2 Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM (https://noctua.at/en/nf-f12-industrialppc-3000-pwm) and zip-tie them to the cooling plate but i have concerns about doing this.
Is the airflow enough to keep the card cool under load ?
Also, i have concerns about the 4 pin connector from the fan not being compatible with the pins from the card… and another thing, the connector on the GPU PCB has 5 wires instead of 4, what is that all about ?
I made a test with one old fan: with it zip=tied to the cooling plate the IDLE temps went to 43 Celsius and with it tied to the shrewd the IDLE temps went to 47 Celsius
Where i live is very hard to buy a replacement fan… and for the same amount of money i can buy 2 Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM.
P.S. I do NOT care about how it all looks, i want the card to be silent and cool even at 100% load.