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2021/01/04 20:26:12 (permalink)
Any time the right-most fan is under 30% speed, it frequently makes a clicking noise and revs up/down. This happens also with fan stop whenever the fan tries to spin up. If I set a constant (or minimum) fan speed to about 30% or more, then it seems to largely function OK.

Here is quick sound recording of what I'm talking about: youtu.be/8tYcVY350GY
 
Has anyone else experienced this and are there any known fixes? I've seen other people report similar problems with the third fan, so I'm skeptical that it's something an RMA would necessarily fix.
Thanks!
post edited by Aecursis - 2021/01/04 20:28:42
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    ty_ger07
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    Re: 3080 FTW3 Gaming - issues with fan #3 2021/01/04 20:30:31 (permalink)
    Does your card have the latest MCU firmware?  (check using the latest version of EVGA Precision X1)
    There was a MCU firmware update which was supposed to fix the fan 3 noise issues.
     
    Otherwise, I can't be certain.  That might just be the way it is.
     
    EDIT: I don't think the MCU firmware update was for that.  The MCU firmware update was to stop a whining noise from the fan.  The clicking noise?  I think that might just be the way that it is.
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    Re: 3080 FTW3 Gaming - issues with fan #3 2021/01/04 20:34:16 (permalink)
    Yes - Precision forced the newest firmware actually a while back to the best of my knowledge. I'm on 2.01.15 for the firmware and 94.02.26.80.99 for the BIOS.
    The revving is honestly worse than the clicking noise, truthfully.
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    Re: 3080 FTW3 Gaming - issues with fan #3 2021/01/04 22:06:56 (permalink)
    Same with my card. But it doesn't click. There is no way to notice fan 3 is doing anything weird. You have to go into the software and observe the wonky behavior.
    afterburner and hwinfo do not show fan 3 percentage or rpm. It only shows fan 1 and 2. This tells me the 3rd fan is controlled in some odd way that may not be controlled directly.
    And it might be this way for all cards, but people don't notice it unlike you who got unlucky and hear the wonky behavior.
     
    You won't get help here. They will tell you to RMA.
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    Re: 3080 FTW3 Gaming - issues with fan #3 2021/01/05 19:03:43 (permalink)
    My 3080 X3 Ultra Gaming is making the same frequent clicking fan noise as in the youtube video from the first post. I've set a custom fan curve with a minimum of 20% and that keeps the fan from spinning down / clicking. I also noticed that fan 3 tends to lag behind fans 1 & 2 when RPMs ramp up.
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    Re: 3080 FTW3 Gaming - issues with fan #3 2021/01/08 10:57:15 (permalink)
    This is still happening with the newest drivers, which I suppose isn't surprising.
    I did contact EVGA and they offered an RMA - just not sure if it's worth the hassle given this issue seems somewhat common. I suspect that it's firmware-related rather than hardware.
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    Re: 3080 FTW3 Gaming - issues with fan #3 2021/03/02 16:45:50 (permalink)
    I too have the 3rd fan issue. Not clicking but sounds like a vibration of some sort. Had to keep my fan speeds above 40% to stop mine from making the noise. Just submitted an RMA so we'll see if the replacement has the same issue.
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