Question Old Intel stock fan drawing 2 Amps of power

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I have an Intel stock cooler that is 19 years old, and why is it consuming 2 Amps (2000 milliamps) instead of its rated amperage at 300 milliamps? This makes it unusable in a new PC build.
 

Ralston18

Titan
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Model?

Where was the cooler being used - original host device(s)?

How is the cooler currently connected and what is its' power source (PSU)?

19 year old technology:

Likely inefficient to begin with and due to age and degradation all the more so.

And the original "rated" amperage was likely determined under ideal conditions.

However, how did you determine /measure the amperage?

Just my thoughts.....
 
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At 2 Amps, it works fine, but with my regular CPU fan supply, at 0.3 Amps, it's humming and not spinning.
 

DSzymborski

Polypheme
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At 2 Amps, it works fine, but with my regular CPU fan supply, at 0.3 Amps, it's humming and not spinning.
Sounds like bad bearings. It's requiring more power to brute force it into moving.

But again...why? This is a bit like marveling that the salami that's been in your fridge since 2015 doesn't taste very good. This thing is two decades old.
 
There are many variants of the Intel stock cooler.
What is the part number that you have?
So far as I know, they should be using perhaps 2 W, not 2A.
Likely the fan has deteriorated; parts do not last forever.
 

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