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My MSI R9 290 Gaming is making a high pitched sound. I found out it is not coil whine but the fan at the end of the card, next to power connectors that is making this high pitched sound when fan speed is 30% and gets louder as the fan speed increases.

Can I fix it without RMA'ing the card? Is this a common problem?
Edited by SSJVegeta - 4/23/14 at 6:30pm
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Sounds like the fan needs replacing. Either look for a replacement fan or cooler, or RMA the card.
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I just got my 290X gaming and it makes a very slight noise below 40% and 50+ it starts to jet a little. Seems like its normal as this is the second card ive had. This one however has no issue running full speed.
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Sounds like a revision change on the ref cooler. This happened on the 6970's. Fan replaced for a cheaper whiny fan. Yet the looks were the same.
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Originally Posted by BradleyW View Post

Sounds like a revision change on the ref cooler. This happened on the 6970's. Fan replaced for a cheaper whiny fan. Yet the looks were the same.
It really seems like it because my 7970 lightning twin frozr IV was great and quiet till it finally died.
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My old MSI 560 TI used to make a similar noise around 50% fan speed. Was really annoying. As for the MSI 290, it must be a faulty fan because even at 90% I can barely hear it.
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It really seems like it because my 7970 lightning twin frozr IV was great and quiet till it finally died.

Yeah, I've heard many good things about the Frozr.
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If the fan is simply getting louder at higher RPM that is normal, especially for reference cards [no special cooler]. I use a headset and cannot hear the fan until past 60%, because the headset shelters me from much of the sound, and the fact that I have an air cleaner next to the computer that is louder than the video card fan. However, beyond 60% I can hear the fan, and it gets very loud past 80%.

I use MSI Afterburner to control fan speed, and it usually does not go beyond 56% or so while gaming. When summer arrives, the fan speed may go up.

Mine is the first reference version Sapphire R9 290.

Note: When I download a new driver from AMD, I un-install Afterburner, remove the old driver, install the new one, remove CCC, then re-install MSI Afterburner to control the fan. I do not let the card run more than 80 degrees C.

EDIT: Added "while gaming" for clarification, the card is stressed.

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Edited by Dan848 - 4/27/14 at 10:09am
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