I think every video card I’ve ever owned has had its GPU fan die at some point or another. You’d think they’d have the technology nailed down by now!
One day last week, just out of the blue, the fan on my video card started making this grinding noise. I dealt with it for a week before it just got to be too much. Last night I popped the fan off the card and managed to break off a piece that I deemed to be nonessential. That seemed to quiet things down a bit, and the fan still works!
The whole ordeal made me realize just how loud my power supply fan was. It seriously accounts for at least 90% of the fan noise in my PC. Maybe I should get a new one of those!