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SSD making a noise like that is not normal.

The 840 does not use onboard capacitors so that is not making the sound.

It's indeed my SSD (even if it seems a bit illogical), I've never heard these sounds before installing my SSD, but well it's either the sound has slightly gone for me or I don't care anymore for it but it's still making that screech when there is heavy load on it.

@colossused, as I said above, I still have the high pitch sound coming from it under certain and heavy load times, but oh well, it's working like a charm so who cares. smile.gif

And no, latest firmware update hasn't solved my problem.
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The 840 Pro does not use large "super capacitors" that supply power for a short time to flush data buffers when power to the drive is lost, but it still has some small surface mount resistors, capacitors and inductors.

Actually, the 840 Pro has fewer components on its board than any other SSD I've seen, and none on the backside of the circuit board. This is the 512GB 840 Pro:



I had an Intel mother board that would make noise when the CPU power saving option C States were enabled. The noise was the very high frequency whine that I imagine is similar to the noise some of you are hearing. I could turn that noise on and off with the C States BIOS setting like a switch, which is exactly what that option did.

I have no idea if that would make a difference in this case, since my 840 Pro's don't make any noise, at least not that I can hear.

I have my 840's attached to metal adapter plates (that were supplied with 830's) with screws, which I doubt makes a difference, but I'm curious how others have their 840's mounted.
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In any case capacitors do not produce sounds, it's coils that do that but there's even less of them in a SSD.
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Update: I was prepared to accept it was the motherboard (either directly or via an incompatibility) but the noise was too annoying so I put my old HDD back in and put the SSD in another machine. It seemed criminal to put such a good SSD into a i3 general use notebook but not many alternatives... Same piercing noise from the other notebook now! I think this proves it is the SSD, so back to the store for a replacement or refund it goes.
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I returned mine to NCIX when I had that issue, they replaced it.
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I had the same problem with my Sandisk SSD Extreme. It worked fine for months and suddenly started making that pitched noise. I know for sure it is the SSD because when I unplugged it the noise disappears. And the problem is that only I can hear the noise. My wife couldn't. I researched and found out that problably I have vestibular hyperacusis.
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Then I have it too sefern! ;-)

If you could not hear it before an it has started now, I think it is unlikely it is your hearing.

In my own research on my problem, some people suggested the noise was temporary. If it doesn't go away in a week then I would try it in another machine to see if you can hear it there. If you can, I'd suggest the unit is faulty.

In my case, when I could hear the noise from the same SSD in another machine, I had it replaced. The replacement SSD is a Corsair GeForce 3 which I've had no problems with at all. The specifications are not quite as good but it's still amazing, doubly so with no noise!

I recommend you see if someone else can hear it too.
post #18 of 23
I bought Samsung SSD 840 Basic and it made same noise :-(

I have returned it to seller and I was told Samsung sent new one, but without inspecting mine... so now, I don't know whether this one would make noise too... and if it would, I would wait another 2 weeks for replacement...
So, I got money back.

Obviously there's something wrong, the question is how many % are bad.

It's an excellent drive though frown.gif


> Kingston for the peace in mind.
post #19 of 23
SSD's dont have enough power circuitry, let alone draw that much power, they only use a few watts and are amazingly efficient with it too.
I can't see how they would be making that noise.

My assumption would be the increased bandwidth with the SSD is causing your other components to work to their full potential now. Likely removed any bottlenecks therefore causing them to whine, graphics cards and motherboards are the biggest culprits. Graphics card are easy to test for that, if windows desktop is fine but when running 3dmark it makes a loud noise in the cloudgate test, its the graphics card. Then isolate the problem further by running prime 95 and that will make a noise for the motherboard only.

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Update: Noise completely disappeared after almost 1 year of use. Any explanations on that? I find it a bit weird tho...


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Whiny capacitor.

Is it a new device? If so, it will probably go away with time.

Maybe he was right smile.gif, but why would it go away with time is the question.
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