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post #1 of 23
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Alright so I just got my 4th brand new 7950. I have had three in the past and all had coil whine.

I am shocked think that three separate manufacturers of the 7950 are giving me coil whine.

Could this be a problem with the psu rather than the cards? My card is the Gigabyte 7950 and psu is raidmax 530 watt.
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i have a gigabyte 7950 and i notice coil whine too , mainly just on game menus when its hitting like 2000 fps . for me its only really on menus and barely noticeable over my speakers so not really a big deal. from what ive read its pretty common on 7000 series cards and not really a big deal. i have an antec neo eco 620w and i didnt have any coil whine on my oc'd 6870 and the noise is clearly coming from the card so i would assume its not your psu also. does it only happen under load in menus like mine? trying using v sync.
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post #3 of 23
Use it for a month or two and see if the whine goes away under the same usage.

My 680 did it when I got it and no longer does.

Just a thought.
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Have you tested thoroughly whether the noise is coming from the GPU or the PSU?
I have the same problem in my new rig, the noise is generating while running 3d apps and gaming, and changes in pitch according to fps. Although at first I was blaming the GPU (7870), I then put my ear like ON the card and realized the noise was coming from the PSU.
post #5 of 23
Use an empty paper towel roll, take the side off of your case and use the roll to isolate the whine. You should be able to find it quite easily.
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no guys, i definitely know that the gpu is making the noise ( with hdds whining too tongue.gif ) but i was wondering if the combination of the two components is what makes the noise. This is my 4th 7950 by the way with the same problem, the other have been returned due to fan failure/ bad cooling. This one works great aside from the noise. Oh well i guess i can deal until 8970s
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i was also planning on picking up a 700 watt modular ocz psu since i got this one second hand...
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You have a Raidmax PSU which is likely not very good.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou View Post

You have a Raidmax PSU which is likely not very good.

so getting a new one can possible solve this?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dankal View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou View Post

You have a Raidmax PSU which is likely not very good.

so getting a new one can possible solve this?

It is possible that a PSU can cause coil whine on other components. It is worth a try to try a different PSU. Perhaps get a slightly better quality 500-550W PSU.
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