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Hello OCN!

I recently got my "Big Red" extreme all AMD system done, and I have the whole thing put together. Upon starting it up, and putting the GPU under load the card it's self makes a "buzzing" noise, that fluctuates. From what I understand, it is a choke that wasn't produced right, and the card is not overheating so it couldn't be a thermal problem because it's water cooled.

I've had it recommended that I leave the card under a full load for several days, and I have but the buzzing isn't really stopping.

The only time I have had it stop is when I run Prime95 and MSI Kombostor (on the burn selection), and it only stops slightly, but it's more like it doesn't buzz as loud.

Any solutions? This is annoying as hell, and other than that my system is silent! I really can't RMA the card because I already disassembled it.

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post #2 of 6
Could be an indication of future failure. And yes, its usually a choke. If you can get it back to stock, I'd RMA it. If not I'd check all the chokes to be sure they are soldered correctly and the coils aren't touching.
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I checked every aspect of the card before and after I installed the WB, and it all looked perfect. It did that when I first started it up with the air cooler on it, but I'll try and RMA it soon if it doesn't stop.
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Some people put a coating on the coils to help silence them. Google "coil whine fix" and you'll see. I had a monitor torn apart the other day and it looked like they put a strip of hot glue on it.
My cards used to buzz under load too. But I guess it didn't bug me enough to do anything about it.
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Originally Posted by ledzepp3 View Post

I checked every aspect of the card before and after I installed the WB, and it all looked perfect. It did that when I first started it up with the air cooler on it, but I'll try and RMA it soon if it doesn't stop.

It is coil whine. My 7970 did the same thing, its pitch will change due to the amount of load on the card. People have tried and some succeeded in lessening or completely eliminating it by running their cards on the Crysis menu, it runs at high FPS and somehow gets rid of the whine. It didn't work for me, but its worth a shot.

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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Some people put a coating on the coils to help silence them. Google "coil noise fix" and you'll see. I had a monitor torn apart the other day and it looked like they put a strip of hot glue on it.
My cards used to buzz under load too. But I guess it didn't bug me enough to do anything about it.

The coils in these cards are closed, there is no way to put a coating on them.
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post #6 of 6
i get the same problem with my powercolor 290, under load it always happens, as soon i switch to my desktop, the noise immediately disappears so its not the fans
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