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Eliminating buzzing noise of AMD Radeon 6970

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Basically, I need to get rid of electric buzzing noise coming from my card. The noise only comes up during 3D, and its frequency increases as FPS goes up.

Buzzing chokes, I guess?

What can I do about that? I read up a bit, I think I need to cover them with epoxy or something?

Here's a huge image of a reference 6970 card: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6970/images/front.jpg

Would someone be so kind to tell me what to apply and highlight where to apply whatever-it-is on the image? Please make it simple if possible. smile.gif
Well, or generally, what to do... And how would it affect my card's temps? Any help is appreciated. cheers.gif

Thanks in advance for whatever help you guys can provide! biggrin.gif
post #2 of 11
Sounds like dodgy VRM circuits :/, RMA?
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Sorry I can't be much help - I'm sure someone here knows. But that is certainly something warranty would cover. RMA'ing it would probably be easier and less stressful than fixing it - and voiding the warranty xD

Edit: I don't mean to suggest that voiding warranties is bad; this is overclock.net after all. It just might save you some trouble.
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My previous card had the same behaviour... So not much hope. Should be a fairly simple fix, though. smile.gif
I think it involves covering chokes with epoxy (or was it nail polish, or either?), and that's about it...
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Is it a 'whine' or a 'buzz'. Whine would be more like a whistling noise. Buzzing would be more like a mechanical vibration noise. If it is a whine, it probably is ok. My cards whine crazy when I am folding. But do not really notice it when playing games.
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Originally Posted by Awaz;15490113 
Is it a 'whine' or a 'buzz'. Whine would be more like a whistling noise. Buzzing would be more like a mechanical vibration noise. If it is a whine, it probably is ok. My cards whine crazy when I am folding. But do not really notice it when playing games.
It's a 'buzz'. A very high frequency one. Almost sounds like a small crappy fan gets turned on whenever I tab to a 3D app (and no, my fan profiles are fixed tongue.gif).
Edited by zalbard - 10/28/11 at 2:21pm
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buzz? Ppl told me it's more like coil whining. I also had 6990 that was making buzz and some ppl were telling me that it was coming from PSU. I was 100% positive that it was coming from 6990. Now I have different 6990 that doesn't make any noise. I don't think there are resolution for getting rid of that noise.
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The nail polish trick is for cap whine in PSU's, but typical gpu whine is from the coil wound chokes. About the only thing you can do is change the frequency that they operate at which is done by changing the voltage.
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So, basically, there's nothing I can do, huh?
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