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Earlier I decided to run MSI Kombustor to get an idea of how many Watts my GPU pulled under load at the wall and immediately after I started Kombustor, there was static noise coming through my headphones. I've noticed the noise before but I never noticed that it coincided with my GPU under ~100% load.
I proceeded to stop Kombustor and the noise went away. I stressed the CPU as well and still no noise so I started playing some Metro 2033 and it took almost no time for the static to come back.
I also reset the clocks just to make sure and that also made no difference. I even installed an old 4670 but I heard static anyways even idling.

Any ideas as to a fix or maybe more insight as to what's causing it? Or is it RMA time?
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post #2 of 14
Sounds like electrical interference. Have you replaced any hardware recently?
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That is pretty common if you are running a integrated sound card.
    
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Only things I've changed in the past couple months have been my headphones and heatsink.
Also, just checked and the sound comes through my speakers as well.
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post #5 of 14
How loud is the static? Like I said integrated tend to pick up interference from other components but If you can hear the static even when for example playing music then it could be and actual fault.
    
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post #6 of 14
This is coil whine, it is not dangerous to your components in any way although it sounds really bad.

If you don't like the noise, you can either change graphics cards or your PSU. The effect is random, but Nvidia-cards are often more prone to coil whine compared to ATI/AMD and cheaper (decent, not "perfect" ones) PSUs will also produce the sound easier. Another way to fix this is applying clear nail polish on your GPUs VRMs, but this will not eliminate the noise completely.
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post #7 of 14
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I never noticed it before but it's very faint when I'm browsing the web. I can only hear it if everything else is very quiet and it's not noticeable listening to music.
If it's under load however, I can hear it while playing games/listening to music.

@Arni I don't believe coil/cap whine comes through your speakers/headphones.
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post #8 of 14
Well I have heard better and worse integrated sound cards so even if you rma your board you might not hear any change.
    
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post #9 of 14
Grove, it happens to me too when using my PC speakers through integrated audio. I don't notice it when I use my headphones through my Zero DAC (usb).
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NM its your headphones not GPU.
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