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post #1 of 20
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New msi gtx 460 hawk. I hear this whining, chirping sound from the gpu.

There are LED's that correspond to the activity of the gpu.

Sound occurs with simple tasks. Web browsing, opening documents, and at times, right now simply typing this post.
Does not occur when running videogames, and unigine benchamrk.

The sound and the light are synchronized.

Is this normal? Is my gpu dying!?

Thank you.
post #2 of 20
Impossible. Those cards use solid state chokes, as do most cards nowadays.

My guess is that there is something wrong with the fans. Stop them one at a time and see what happens
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post #3 of 20
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stopped each fan one at a time and coil whine occurred for each.

I was able to induce the "coil whine" by simply opening three tabs in firefox.
Edited by itchyBlood - 10/22/11 at 2:34pm
post #4 of 20
Maybe there's something loose between the PCB and heatsink? A screw, or some random metal object could cause that.

I suggest that you remove the card and check. Also, check if the screws are all tightened properly, and if the shroud isn't loose either.

It could also be some random component going bad, but I don't think anything would cause any kind of noise at all. The caps and chokes on these cards are all solid state, as I mentioned before.
Edited by xFyre - 10/22/11 at 2:39pm
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My two galaxy 460'a used to do that but I thought it was the psu, stopped when I got a 480
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Alright. I'll remove card and see if any loose bits.

Thanks for helping xFyre!
post #7 of 20
I had the same problem with my PNY card, but since it was new i didn't even bother to check it out.

Dropped it off at the store i bought it and got a new card..

To me it sounded just like coil whining, but with a little vibration to it, as if something was loose and the vibration causing the sound.. Get what i'm trying to say?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by itchyBlood View Post
Alright. I'll remove card and see if any loose bits.

Thanks for helping xFyre!
No problem. Be sure to tell us how it went.
Edited by xFyre - 10/22/11 at 2:47pm
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post #9 of 20
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No loose bits! Still whines!

When it sounds the light moves in synch.

I put up a message on ncix and people there have said it is normal, however, I trust the members on this forum a bit more...
post #10 of 20
It might be normal, but it is not right. RMA it.

Have a nice day.
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