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Coil whine.. when is it worth sending back.

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I got a galaxy gtx 670 gc and popped it in.. started running tests and at the very end of 3dmark11 I got a high pitched whistle.
I ran wei and I get a fainter whistler. Sometimes I get whistle when logging into a game.. I got the whistle after alt tabbing out of another game.. There is not definite rhyme or reason to it. Right now I can run wei and not get the whine. If I run it two or three times it will show up.

I can't reproduce it everytime.
It seems intermitten.. however whenever it shows up it always goes away as soon as my gpu clock drops below it's stock setting. It can also go away if jump into a game that is more graphically intense.


Should I return... rma .. or just live with it.
post #2 of 13
Apparently coil whine is quite common when a card puts out 1000+ fps. In certain games you get a few thousand fps while you're in the menu.
post #3 of 13
Can you accept the noise from it? If not, IMO it's worth to RMA the card because coil whine it's not a standard from the GPU industry. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Sharchaster View Post

Can you accept the noise from it? If not, IMO it's worth to RMA the card because coil whine it's not a standard from the GPU industry. thumb.gif

this, its worth sending back if you cant stand it, i know if my card made any of those kinds of noises it'd be back faster than i got it home.
    
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As others have said if you can noticeably hear it and it annoys you then RMA. My last 7970 (VisionTek) was LOUD...and annoying as hell. Sold it and got a Sapphire 7970 and it's quiet as can be. Much MUCH happier now for sure!
post #6 of 13
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This whine is really intermitten. Infact.. I just ran WEI twice in a row and couldn't make it out. However, last night I could hear it each time I ran it. My wife could even hear it. The third time I ran it I could barely hear it with my ear close to the machine.
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How rampant is coil whine.. if I send it back am I likely to get one just as bad or worse?
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Zarich View Post

How rampant is coil whine.. if I send it back am I likely to get one just as bad or worse?

Complete tossup I'm afraid. Sometimes it's more prevalent w. certain designs as opposed to others, sometimes just bum luck.
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I wouldn't RMA. A lot of times they will receive it and since the problem is intermittent, they will say nothing is wrong with it in their testing and will change you return shipping on the card :/
    
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