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I mean, it's ticking right now intermittently, would be inaudible if I had any background noise, but with the apartment silent, it's definitely noticeable. So...assuming I did RMA this thing, what would be a sure fire alternative for no coil whine+good OC?
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You can return cards for whine but only if its a serious distraction, I exchanged a 4890 years ago because the coil whine was very distracting and audible during gaming.
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well, I think I'm stuck at 1150mhz on the core as an OC. Could my vddc be too high? it's at 1.197ish under load. Should I expect to have to go higher than 1.2v for say, 1200mhz?? I tried 1175mhz and it crashed unigine but now I realize that I didn't raise the VDDC.
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I was an XFX and Sapphire advocate last generation of cards... but this generation... Oh god... the horror stories...

I was a XFX advocate -> bit me in the butt. Sapphire advocate -> bit me in the butt. ASUS advocate -> bit me in the butt.

Conclusion? I'm not an advocate of anything and hate everything equally.


You're advocating the wrong thing. Advocate reference cards, they're brand agnostic.
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Well, Newegg will let me exchange, but it's out of stock now. I like the Vapor-X cooler, even OC'd, the thing hardly gets warm. Even though the PCB is custom, the voltage regulation sounds good on paper, and seems to work pretty decently. My biggest gripe is the noise, which is ridiculous at high FPS. Sounds like squirrels are fighting 1ft from my face. I should upload a recording of it.

I've seen people call this a 1st world problem, but even the Newegg rep said "that shouldn't be happening" when I told him the sound is coming from the cards, when he asked if it was coming through headphones or speakers. So, hopefully they'll come back in stock at Newegg within the next 30 days. Plus now I may also get the never settle bundle...
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post #26 of 39
My 7970 Reference had a coil whine when I first got it. Lately I haven't heard it idk why lol. Had case open and no sound while playing BF3 dead quiet lol
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My 7970 Reference had a coil whine when I first got it. Lately I haven't heard it idk why lol. Had case open and no sound while playing BF3 dead quiet lol

Well, when I have vsync enabled, it's emitting almost no noise. No chance it could be feedback from the monitor? My only worry about waiting for it to get better, is that after 30 days, if this ends up causing a problem, I have to pay to send it to Sapphire, whereas now, I can get free return shipping to Newegg. Or at least, that's what the rep said.
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post #28 of 39
If you don't notice any improvement before your 30 days is up, return it. Better safe than sorry. If you used shoprunner for your newegg order, the return shipping is free.

BTW, are you using DVI, HDMI, or Displayport?
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If you don't notice any improvement before your 30 days is up, return it. Better safe than sorry. If you used shoprunner for your newegg order, the return shipping is free.

BTW, are you using DVI, HDMI, or Displayport?

Using DVI. I did use shoprunner. Good to know.
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post #30 of 39
Is coil whine that electric noise you hear when the GPU is working hard or is coil whine the noise some fans make?
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