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Recently I bought a new build, with an XFX TS 650w Gold power supply.

Got everything up and running but had this annoying coil whine, thought it was graphics but it was the power supply.

Brought the power supply back, had it replaced, same problem now.

I called the shop and the technical support suggested that the R9 390x recommends a 750W minimum PSU, even though I can't imagine it requiring that much power (im running an i5660k,8gb ram, no hard drives and an m2 SSD - very minimalist).

I told him that the coil whine doesn't occur while booting, only the exact moment I go into windows, and goes away under load.

He said even though it occurs even without load, the fact that I had an R9 390x in the system and it had been under load could be the reason why I now have coil whine (i.e. I put the power supply under load once, now I have permanent coil whine, even when not under load)...

Is this a feasible hypothesis...?

Should I get another replacement (assume I've just had 2 unlucky power supplies), get a higher rated PSU (750W) or get another 650w model, or any other suggestions..?

Thanks
post #2 of 9
I also have coil whine with my r9 390 using a crappy old 650w PSU from superflower
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post #3 of 9
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does it come from the power supply? and does it only happen when NOT under load like with me?

I can be in Furmark, and as soon as I close it - coil whine. As soon as I open it - coil whine gone.
post #4 of 9
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does it come from the power supply? and does it only happen when NOT under load like with me?

I can be in Furmark, and as soon as I close it - coil whine. As soon as I open it - coil whine gone.

It does happen under gaming. On GTA V it coil whines a bit. On witcher 3 it coil whines ALOT
Running uniggen heaven coil whines all the time slot.
Also when closing unigen coil whines even more!

The coil whine comes from the GPU I think
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post #5 of 9
You can forget what they recommend power wise as its not right.
Why the AMD and Nvidia power requirements are wrong

As for the PSU its a Seasonic S12G and i have while on those are very rare so are you sure its from the PSU and not the card.
Take the PSU out of the system and start the PSU and stick your ear up to it, that way you can find out where the whine is coming from.
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post #6 of 9
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I'm sure its the PSU, I took it out and listened to it.

What's strange is that if im in windows and I load up OCCT or Furmark or something, the coil whine goes away, if I alt-tab and click on another screen for example, the coil whine comes back, instantly, then if i click back on the stress test, its gone again.

So it's definitely load related, it goes away at high load, and is present when idling. But it also doesn't occur until i log into windows, if i sit in the log in screen i dont have any coil whine...
post #7 of 9
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I'm sure its the PSU, I took it out and listened to it.

What's strange is that if im in windows and I load up OCCT or Furmark or something, the coil whine goes away, if I alt-tab and click on another screen for example, the coil whine comes back, instantly, then if i click back on the stress test, its gone again.

So it's definitely load related, it goes away at high load, and is present when idling. But it also doesn't occur until i log into windows, if i sit in the log in screen i dont have any coil whine...

i bought myself also the xfx ts 750w gold because my current psu also coil whines..
ill report back as soon as i get it.
If the coil whine goes away..you maybe need to get a 750watt one
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post #8 of 9
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Ok update time, this might seem weird, but if I change the clocks on graphics card at all I get coil whine. at 1079 coil whine, at 1081 coil whine, at stock (1080) no coil whine.

what?
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Ok update time, this might seem weird, but if I change the clocks on graphics card at all I get coil whine. at 1079 coil whine, at 1081 coil whine, at stock (1080) no coil whine.

what?

not even under load?
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