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Hey OCN,
I got a puzzle for you. Yet again. I've had so much trouble with my 6950s. Let me tell you a story.

I bought an xfx 6950 and put it under water. Everything worked great. Later I saw an Open Box watercooled powercolor 6970 on newegg so I had to buy it. While putting them in crossfire, I dropped a little water into my 6950 block and from then on I heard, what I believe vrm clicking.

I took out the 6950 and put it back to stock so I can send it in for RMA. However, when I turned my computer back on to test the 6970 it was the 6970 that was clicking! So I immediately took that out to be sent in for RMA and put my 6950 back in thinking it was okay. Turns out that card was fried too. So I sent them both out to be RMA-ed and I was gpu-less for a while.

In the meantime I bought a MSi 6950 on newegg and it worked great. That is until my XFX 6950 came back from RMA. I CF-ed them and I heard the clicking again. Took out the MSi 6950 one and the clicking stopped. Sent the MSi 6950 back to newegg.

Here I am now. I still have the xfx 6950 and its working like a charm. Today I got my xfx 6990 in the mail. Put them in CF and the clicking is back. I'm starting to believe it has something to do with my psu. Do you think my psu is not able to supply the power. I would think that 800w would be enough.

Sorry for the long story, but it was necessary. Please help me troubleshoot things.

Thanks,
Eli
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post #2 of 11
So from what I understand, your trying to run an XFX 6950, and a MSi 6950 PLUS an XFX 6990? All on one 800w PSU? I'd say its a PSU issue.
    
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what is vrm clicking?
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Sorry I should have made it a bit more clear. I am running a 6950 and a 6990 in tri-fire.

What I believe that my cards are doing is vrm clicking. In 3d applications and ONLY 3d applications, the top card starts to make a clicking noise. Such programs are Crysis and 3dmark11. For example, when I run 3dmark11 for a benchmark, during the loading screen, the cards are fine. However, when the card needs to render a scene, a clicking is heard from the card and the frequency and sound of the click change according to what the card is rendering. When the scene is done and the next scene is loading the card then stops making those clicks.

The strange thing is that the benchmark shows points upward to almost 4600 in extreme mode which is a good 3000 points more than when I benchmarked with just a 6950. So comparatively, I don't believe that the cards are bad. It is just the noise that bothers me.
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VRMs can click?
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Maybe I got it confused with the capacitor. In any case, there IS clicking.
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post #7 of 11
I don't think it's the GPUs. I'm pretty sure that since you isolated several different GPUs and the clicking is still occurring, that there is a different problem.

There's just no possible way that you can have 4 separate GPUs that "click", especially after you've switched them around and exchanged them and RMA'd them and gotten new ones.
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Classic death cry of the psu.
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I guess I need to upgrade to a 1000 watt psu. I was sure 800watts could handle it though. Maybe its because coolermaster doesn't really make good psus.
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Alright guys I have an update. As you guys suggested I bought a stronger power supply: an HX1000 and something is still clicking. Is it possible that the clicking is due to the motherboard? I'm really getting sick of this noise.
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