ATI card maybe dying. Can anyone confirm for me?

I have two ATI Radeon HD 6850's that I bought October 2011. Recently, one of my cards has been making a horrible noise that doesn't go away even after the computer has been on for a while.

I opened my case to take a look and one of the fans is clearly spinning slower than the other one.

I took it out and it doesn't seem to be any issue with dust. The fan seems to be able to spin; it doesn't seem like it's physically broken.

I went to the Catalyst control center and noticed that crossfire was disabled. I tried to enable it, but after it saved, it was disabled again.

I just don't know if my card is dead or dying, and if I should go ahead and deal with the warranty process.
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  1. Hi :)

    It sounds like the bearing in the fan is failing, and the card is overheating...

    All the best Brett :)
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