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So early reports of retail cards are showing this coil whine issue is not really a problem. Ryan from PCPer confirmed in a recent podcast his retail XFX Nano unit from amazon isn't anywhere near as loud as the AMD sample and W1zzard from the TechPowerUp review also confirmed "Surprisingly, the Sapphire R9 Nano retail card has less coil noise, and while still audible, I'd say it's acceptable".

Perhaps AMD just messed up with the sample cards sent out for review?
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Sure, that's possible.
People also love to pile on and think the worst, too.

Or AMD had a terrible batch of very whiny cards, and instead of releasing them into the retail stream, they all got sent to reviewers. biggrin.gif

Or this is AMD's way of giving a big middle finger to everyone.
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Just thought I'd chime in and let people know I received my Sapphire Fury Nano yesterday. Unfortunately It squeals pretty loud not unlike the review samples sent around mad.gif

I only had time to test five games out, some are worse than others. Borderlands 2, GTAV5 and the Witcher 3 is pretty horrible regardless of framerate but BF4 and Diablo 3 were not as bad. The card is in one of those fairly well ventilated cube Thermaltake ITX case but it sits on my desk only a few feet from my head so it's very noticeable when gaming. Surprisingly Furmark burn in test makes no noticeable coil whine noise (traditionally what I use for checking).

Overall if you have one of these cards you probably want it in a case far enough away from you in a decent case to shield you from the noise. I've owned well over 20 graphic cards (first card was a 3DFX Voodoo) over the years many of them have had coil whine. My reference XFX Radeon 290X, Asus Strix 970 and EVGA 960 all suffer from coil whine but the noise is manageable through setting of maximum frames where the pitch stays constant depending on frame rate.

No joke, the way the Fury Nano sounds is more akin to the Canadian Cicada "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPkmGYaVLog" where the buzzing sound jumps all around even if locked at a specific frame rate. For example - In Borderland 2 locked at 60FPS, if you look at the sky and then at the ground (bright to dark) there is a tone shift in the coil whine so I don't think there is anyway to fix this problem like with my other cards.

That being said with regular gaming headphones (non noise cancelling) at medium volume levels I noticed the sound of the GPU fan much more than the coil whine which is surprisingly louder than I thought it would be but still bearable as the pitch of the sound is good for fast it spins. The fan spun up to 53% according to GPU-Z and the card peaked at 76 celsius. Performance wise the card is INSANELY FAST and I was using a using a water cooled 290X before the switch which is no slouch. You could definitely feel the speed difference between the two cards at 1440P.

AMD did a good job with the fan and heatsink but the dropped the ball on the coil whine. I will test the card out for a few more days and if I can't live with the coil whine I'll be sending it back for another one. For almost $1000 CAD after taxes this coil whine noise is just unacceptable. I understand other people with retail cards don't have the terrible coil whine so hopefully I can exchange for a card without the issue.

Good times! rolleyes.gif
Edited by Madpacket - 9/24/15 at 6:32am
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Just thought I'd chime in and let people know I received my Sapphire Fury Nano yesterday. Unfortunately It squeals pretty loud not unlike the review samples sent around mad.gif

I only had time to test five games out, some are worse than others. Borderlands 2, GTAV5 and the Witcher 3 is pretty horrible regardless of framerate but BF4 and Diablo 3 were not as bad. The card is in one of those fairly well ventilated cube Thermaltake ITX case but it sits on my desk only a few feet from my head so it's very noticeable when gaming. Surprisingly Furmark burn in test makes no noticeable coil whine noise (traditionally what I use for checking).

Overall if you have one of these cards you probably want it in a case far enough away from you in a decent case to shield you from the noise. I've owned well over 20 graphic cards (first card was a 3DFX Voodoo) over the years many of them have had coil whine. My reference XFX Radeon 290X, Asus Strix 970 and EVGA 960 all suffer from coil whine but the noise is manageable through setting of maximum frames where the pitch stays constant depending on frame rate.

No joke, the way the Fury Nano sounds is more akin to the Canadian Cicada "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPkmGYaVLog" where the buzzing sound jumps all around even if locked at a specific frame rate. For example - In Borderland 2 locked at 60FPS, if you look at the sky and then at the ground (bright to dark) there is a tone shift in the coil whine so I don't think there is anyway to fix this problem like with my other cards.

That being said with regular gaming headphones (non noise cancelling) at medium volume levels I noticed the sound of the GPU fan much more than the coil whine which is surprisingly louder than I thought it would be but still bearable as the pitch of the sound is good for fast it spins. The fan spun up to 53% according to GPU-Z and the card peaked at 76 celsius. Performance wise the card is INSANELY FAST and I was using a using a water cooled 290X before the switch which is no slouch. You could definitely feel the speed difference between the two cards at 1440P.

AMD did a good job with the fan and heatsink but the dropped the ball on the coil whine. I will test the card out for a few more days and if I can't live with the coil whine I'll be sending it back for another one. For almost $1000 CAD after taxes this coil whine noise is just unacceptable. I understand other people with retail cards don't have the terrible coil whine so hopefully I can exchange for a card without the issue.

Good times! rolleyes.gif

Thanks for some honest feedback. Maybe the coil whine will get better or you can exchange for a better card.
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No problem. I've had the luxury over the years to own a ton of computer equipment so I don't really have a brand preference. Hopefully this will let others know that retail cards are not exempt from what's been disclosed in the reviews.

I did end up getting an RMA issued today and will get a replacement card probably by the end of next week. I'll report back my findings here again.

I really like this card. It has amazing performance and hard to believe the given the size. HBM / stacked memory works wonders. If the next unit is as loud as this one I'll have to figure something else out. I have one of those Osmi 8.1 litre ITX cases on the way which I bought specifically for this card so it'll suck pretty bad if I can't get a card without coil whine.

First world problems!
Edited by Madpacket - 9/24/15 at 5:50pm
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No problem. I've had the luxury over the years to own a ton of computer equipment so I don't really have a brand preference. Hopefully this will let others know that retail cards are not exempt from what's been disclosed in the reviews.

I did end up getting an RMA issued today and will get a replacement card probably by the end of next week. I'll report back my findings here again.

I really like this card. It has amazing performance and hard to believe the given the size. HBM / stacked memory works wonders. If the next unit is as loud as this one I'll have to figure something else out. I have one of those Osmi 8.1 litre ITX cases on the way which I bought specifically for this card so it'll suck pretty bad if I can't get a card without coil whine.

First world problems!

I just had a glance over on the case you've chosen and WOW, that is one compact solution. You're really cramming quite the power in that tiny unit! I hope it works out smile.gif
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No problem. I've had the luxury over the years to own a ton of computer equipment so I don't really have a brand preference. Hopefully this will let others know that retail cards are not exempt from what's been disclosed in the reviews.

I did end up getting an RMA issued today and will get a replacement card probably by the end of next week. I'll report back my findings here again.

I really like this card. It has amazing performance and hard to believe the given the size. HBM / stacked memory works wonders. If the next unit is as loud as this one I'll have to figure something else out. I have one of those Osmi 8.1 litre ITX cases on the way which I bought specifically for this card so it'll suck pretty bad if I can't get a card without coil whine.

First world problems!

So you got an RMA? Then what's the problem here? I mean, it sucks that you have to go through the process but all cards have defective units. Now if the RMA is intolerable then that will be more troublesome....
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So you got an RMA? Then what's the problem here? I mean, it sucks that you have to go through the process but all cards have defective units. Now if the RMA is intolerable then that will be more troublesome....

There's no problem, he's just reporting his experience, and sharing the fact that reviewers aren't just making stuff up...
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I never said anybody was making stuff up. Coil whine is a fact of life with high performance video cards. My Titans will whine under load in certain situations. I do feel that it is one of the more overblown issues out there like "microstutter" however (my Titans whine under load but I never considered it an RMA-worthy issue)...
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I've experienced coil whine before too, and it drove me up the wall.

Some people thought reviewers were blowing it out of proportion, and the issue would be fixed in retail cards...
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