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GPU Fans Constantly Revving Up and Down at Full Load (2080ti FE)

rad0909

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Hello, I have a 2080ti FE that recently started having fan issues. I've had the card for about a year with no problems. Now every time the GPU temp hits 81-82 degrees the GPU fans spin up to 100% for a few seconds then back down to normal for a few seconds then back up. This process repeats over and over. Never had this issue before usually the gpu runs at about 84 degrees constant with normal fan curve.

I have all the latest drivers installed, and I've reinstalled the card a few times as well as cleaned it out with an air compressor. Also, MSI Afterburner can control the fans, but the speed get overridden as soon as the temp hits 81 degrees.
 

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Did you update the drivers then the problem started?

Have you tried older drivers?

If you have you may want to rma the card.
 
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easiest solution is to use the MSI afterburner custom fan curve and it will stop it from doing that.
 

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Try switching Power management mode from Optimal power to Adaptive or the other way around under Manage 3D settings in the Nvidia Control Panel. Noticed a correlated change of fan behavior in a couple of driver updates in the last year or so.
 

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easiest solution is to use the MSI afterburner custom fan curve and it will stop it from doing that.

It overrides the custom fan curve once it hits 81 degrees

Try switching Power management mode from Optimal power to Adaptive or the other way around under Manage 3D settings in the Nvidia Control Panel. Noticed a correlated change of fan behavior in a couple of driver updates in the last year or so.

I tried this no luck

Did you update the drivers then the problem started?

Have you tried older drivers?

If you have you may want to rma the card.

Problem started when I was already on older drivers. Updating to new ones didn't help unfortunately.
 

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It overrides the custom fan curve once it hits 81 degrees



I tried this no luck



Problem started when I was already on older drivers. Updating to new ones didn't help unfortunately.

Rma the card at this rate.
 

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did you take the card apart at some point? Any chance your vrms are overheating?
 
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I was having a similar issue with my MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z recently in games. It went away after one of the recent driver updates. Counting backwards from the most recent driver release, I think it was 442.19 WHQL.
I also noticed it wasn't doing a proper idling drop of the GPU voltage before.
 
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Reference cards do what they do ... not cool anywhere near as well as the AIB conterparts. The 2080 Ti was not as bad as all those that came before it. Vendors play a balancing game ... do they "stress to impress" with low 64C temps and 40 dbA or do they figure lower sound levels is the way to get buyer's attention ? But like anything else, ya get what ya pay for and the best AIB card that TPU tested was 10% faster with all cards overclocked. But again, the FE did fairly well this generation w/ a temp of 78C @ 37 bbA.

But 78C is fairly close to 81C where fan control ceases to function reliably. So if your ambient is 3C higher than TPUs, when you hit 81-82C, the fans will spin up to 100% ... them with the additional cooling, they drop back down and normal fan control resumes. Without knowing ambient or GPU / VRM temps, it's hard to determine what's going on here. If ambient is high, solve that problem, if it's not ... call Tech Support.
 
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Same problem recently ... my 2080Ti FE fans have gone whacko. Amazingly I've never overclocked this card. Apparently I need to take the card apart and re-apply TIM.

edit: Re-pasted! No more hyper fans! Man, those are some tiny screws. I used the Gamers Nexus "RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition Tear-Down: No Disassembly Edition" video on youtube (3C9GuizA5ks). I should have taken a photo, but like only 50% of my gpu had paste, and it was all towards one corner, not even centered, leaving a huge L shape uncovered.
 
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Well two week later and the the pulsing fans are back today. Tried: install MSI AB -> custom fan curve. Nope, 100% fan can't cool the gpu. Maybe I have really bad case flow feng shui.

Why does the stock FE card with stock driver, everything stock, no oc or anything: the fans stay low, don't ramp up with temp, and then go "oh no!" and spin at 130%? Where's the usual fan rpm variance? Why is MSI AB needs to get a fan rpm ramp with temp?

I don't like these cards that dump heat in the case. I preferred the old blower style, everything out the back of the card.
 
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Well two week later and the the pulsing fans are back today. Tried: install MSI AB -> custom fan curve. Nope, 100% fan can't cool the gpu. Maybe I have really bad case flow feng shui.

Why does the stock FE card with stock driver, everything stock, no oc or anything: the fans stay low, don't ramp up with temp, and then go "oh no!" and spin at 130%? Where's the usual fan rpm variance? Why is MSI AB needs to get a fan rpm ramp with temp?

I don't like these cards that dump heat in the case. I preferred the old blower style, everything out the back of the card.

Having the exact same problem with my MSI 2080ti. Have had this card for a year now as well. As soon as it starts to get above 76 for me it runs to 100 and then goes quiet, and keeps doing this. Manually adjusting the fan speed to something like 80% under stress seems to work and keep the temps stable but thats not a long term solution tbh. The fact that so many ppl here with 2000 series are having this issue tells me its something with the cards.
 

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Hi,

There is an issue on the 2080ti for sure.

Here is what haopened to me

I bought originally 2x 2080TI FE when they came out.

They were never reaching over 75° even on high load game (i play in 4K only).
But after a week or so i decided to remove one of my 2080TI as sli is just useless and kept that card in a box.

After 6 month i noticed suddenly (no driver upgrade) that crazy fan noise (at exactly 80°c) . I contacted NVIDIA and they asked me if i had another card to test to see if my computer is not the issue.
I tried the back up card i had for 5 days and had noise. So they decided to RMA my card and send me a new one (with blister).

After 2 months or so i sold that new card as i knew i would no use it and had no problem with my backup one.

Now 2 motnhs after selling it the backup one i kep suddenly started doing exactly the same.

So it's definately not a driver issue, not a computer issue either. I would suspect a problem on the cooling and maybe the thermal protection that doesn't age well.

So my backup card is out of warranty and i'm now using a MSI afterburber or EVGA Precision software to boost fans so that card never reach 75°. But i'm fortunate to have a good noise cancelling headphone as it's really noisy now (fan is always at 75/80%)
 
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