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Exchange a 7950 Vapor-X because of coil whine?

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I've just bought a Vapor-X 7950. Seems like it has a 7970 PCB. Should be great for OC'ing. One issue- whine. It's ridiculously loud. Should I just live with it? Seems like a decent overclocker so far, and I do use headphones when I game....
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I don't think you can return it for that reason.
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whats up
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Did you already try overclocking it to see if it really is a beast? If it is, I would honestly keep it.

If it's a decent overclocker, I would just return it. I don't play with headphones but nothing more irritates me than coil whine.

I read somewhere about people using Crysis main menu to fix the coil whine somehow.. I forgot what it was but I will try looking for it.

EDIT: Might be worth a shot!

http://www.overclock.net/t/1259672/7970-coil-whine-a-way-to-fix-it-solved/10#post_17308539
Edited by ZeVo - 2/8/13 at 7:39pm
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Originally Posted by ryboto View Post

I do use headphones when I game....
My 6850 has pretty bad coil whine itself and I don't even notice it when playing BF3 or any other game. (I also use headphones)

If you can overclock it as far as I think you'll be able to then I say keep it.
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yeah if its a very good overclocker (1.2 Ghz) you can consider keeping it. otherwise return it and get a new one.
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Coil whine usually disappears after awhile no?

*see the person who linked to a thread, basically "after awhile" means usage. burning it in effectively.
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Coil whine usually disappears after awhile no?

*see the person who linked to a thread, basically "after awhile" means usage. burning it in effectively.

Does it? Just ran the new 3dmark, and it basically screams when the framerate is over 1k fps in the first test. When there's music/audio, I don't notice it much....I'll give it a few more days and make a decision I guess. Will give me time to 'burn' it in, and test its OC potential.
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Don't run the 3dmark13 demo, it is bad for the card to be loaded and pushing thousands of fps. Futuremark made a really poor decision with how they packaged 3dmark13. The only way to skip the 1-2k fps tests is to buy the bench. For ex. my cards would not run at their max clocks when forced to run the two low test and demos. When only set to run firestrike, cards bench like aces.
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Don't run the 3dmark13 demo, it is bad for the card to be loaded and pushing thousands of fps. Futuremark made a really poor decision with how they packaged 3dmark13. The only way to skip the 1-2k fps tests is to buy the bench. For ex. my cards would not run at their max clocks when forced to run the two low test and demos. When only set to run firestrike, cards bench like aces.

Can you give an in depth explanation of WHY that's bad? The why? And the consequences?

Leaving Crysis on the menu per the recommendation linked in post #4 would be deadly according to you. Menus cause coil whine because they're rendered in thousand+ fps right?
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