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

 
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post #11 of 37
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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.

Well I've tried using my old HD 6850 and I don't get the noise. If it is the PSU then the noise is only showing up when I have a card that can put a big enough load on it. The problem with even this is why would the PSU change the pitch of the noise depending on the frame rate? How would that make any sense what so ever?
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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.
 

 

 

High overclock + 20% is too much for Antec TP-650. Other video cards you tried didn't stress the PSU as 7970.

 

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Well I've tried using my old HD 6850 and I don't get the noise. If it is the PSU then the noise is only showing up when I have a card that can put a big enough load on it. The problem with even this is why would the PSU change the pitch of the noise depending on the frame rate? How would that make any sense what so ever?
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High overclock + 20% is too much for Antec TP-650. Other video cards you tried didn't stress the PSU as 7970.

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That sir, would be wattage from the wall. Remember that an 80+ gold PSU will optimally run at 80% capacity. 670 * .8 = 536W to the system.

If I used a Kill-A-Watt to figure how much wattage my PSU was delivering, I could claim that my 850W PSU delivers 1KW when folding at high clocks.
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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.

No necessarily. changing load levels on gpu's changes the draw from the power supply.
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No necessarily. changing load levels on gpu's changes the draw from the power supply.

I've never seen an appreciable load difference in terms of power draw to merit the change in whine that the card produces with a 60MHz change?

Granted the safest way would definitely be to isolate components. But coming from a super cramped system I can empathize with OP's not wanting to do that. 2nd best way would probably just be a stethoscope. They're pretty cheap and if the noise is really loud, a 1' section of garden hose may even work.
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post #16 of 37
Did you get the card replaced? Does your replacement card have the same noise? I'm curious if all the cards do this.
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I think it might be normal, but I'm not sure what causes it.

I have 2 Radeon 4870's, had them since they came out. On an old board (A-Bit IX38 Quad GT) they used to make a sort of clicking or buzzing sound when playing games, but also when certain animations would go off (usually flash based)

That board died on me and I got an ASUS Rampage Formula. Didn't hear the sound anymore, and I had originally assumed it was actually the mobo that caused it (since it disappeared when the mobo was changed)

But then I upgraded to what's in my sig and now the noise is back. It's definitely not the board because this is my second Maximus IV as I RMA'd the first one because of bad USB ports and the aforementioned noise. I'm pretty sure it's not the PSU because it's still the same one I had on my Rampage Formula. New mobo has the noise still, and it's definitely coming from the cards. Like your issue, the pitch and frequency of the noise changes based on the framerate. I have no idea why my old Rampage Formula silenced it, which is the issue that keeps me up at night, but I haven't noticed any adverse effects. The cards still run great with no artifacting or other hiccups, no crashes, no odd behavior to speak of. They just make an annoying noise when they do any work. At least they're silent when idle.

Anyways, don't worry about it too much I suppose. Many people tell me it's normal, and if it wasn't for that Rampage Formula mobo I'd believe them with no hesitation. I just don't understand what it was exactly that allowed that mobo to keep them quiet where 2 other boards failed.
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post #18 of 37
Mine too... cap whine.. no worries brotha
post #19 of 37
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I've had two cards in a row make the noise, but I'm keeping the replacement. I had a friend bring over his eVGA GTX 580 Classified which pulls a lot more power than the 7970. I didn't get the same noise at all, so in this instance it cannot be my PSU as others were saying.

In the video I was running 3Dmark 11. Either that, 3Dmark 06 or Heaven Bench makes the most noise. Games aren't near as bad, so I'm going to ignore it for the time being.
post #20 of 37
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Mine too... cap whine.. no worries brotha

I'm pretty sure it's the chokes on the card and not the capacitors. When this first happened, I looked around and saw a consensus that solid caps can't cause the sort of sound I'm hearing but voltage chokes can.
Edited by Macabre215 - 2/13/12 at 6:39am
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