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Poll Results: Should I get a refund for this card?

 
  • 30% (7)
    Get a refund
  • 69% (16)
    Keep the card
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post #1 of 37
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I bought an HD 7970 on the day of release. After using it for about a week I noticed an odd noise coming from my computer. I isolated it to my video card after searching for a little bit. I posted a video on Youtube of the noise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9hNMuzNK6Q

So, I bought a second card and waited for it so I could RMA the first. The second card is also from Sapphire, and I'm getting the same exact noise. Yes I understand these are reference cards and none of them are very different from each other, but I'm very close to getting a refund on this card and waiting for Kepler, although I would rather not do that. I would appreciate advice as to whether or not I should go ahead and get a refund for this card or just stick with it.

Edit: Just for extra information I tried out a couple of other video cards I had laying around and didn't get the same noise.
post #2 of 37
Send the card back. You payed $550 for it so you deserve one that doesn't squeal. I RMA'd my 6970 when it had the same issue.
post #3 of 37
Capacitor whine. Completely normal; keep the card.
post #4 of 37
I've had multiple cards do this over the years, thing is it never affected anything and I never had a problem with the cards. It's obviously some type of noise from electricity but isolating exactly what is a whole other story.
post #5 of 37
sounds to me like the fan or fan bearing id look to see if something might be against the fan or if maybe some of the fins near the fan have gotten bent close enough to possibly make a whistling noise
post #6 of 37
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Originally Posted by vedaire View Post

sounds to me like the fan or fan bearing id look to see if something might be against the fan or if maybe some of the fins near the fan have gotten bent close enough to possibly make a whistling noise

The noise changes even if I have the video card fan set to a static percentage. It also reacts to the frame rate of whatever is putting a load on the GPU. This is the same for every fan in my case.
post #7 of 37
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Originally Posted by skitzogreg View Post

Capacitor whine. Completely normal; keep the card.

This. Squeal or coil whine is very common in high end cards. Most 6990s and 590s have some squeal to them as well.
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post #8 of 37
I've got a squealer as well. You get used to it.
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post #9 of 37
You need to make sure it's not the psu.

Run it out of the case if you have to, thought i had squealing cards before, turned out it was the psu.
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post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by grunion View Post

You need to make sure it's not the psu.
Run it out of the case if you have to, thought i had squealing cards before, turned out it was the psu.

Or just change the frequencies at load and listen for pitch change. If the pitch changes at the same voltage, you're safe in assuming it's the card.
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