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post #11 of 38
I think you should try and test the card on another machine.

OR

Test a different PSU on your machine.
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post #12 of 38
I would just go ahead and RMA it...it sounds like the gpu may be going out
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post #13 of 38
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Originally Posted by SSJVegeta View Post
I loaded the game "The Witcher" and noticed the framerate hit 3000+ FPS on the Atari logo screen and the game logo and my 8800GT was emitting this squealing sound. My PC isn't that loud, all of the system fans are near silent which is how I spotted this squealing.
I enabled VSYNC and now the squealing has gone. The squealing only seems to occur with ridiculous FPS like the 3000+ I get on the logo screens.

I ran Furmark stability test for 30mins and there was no squealing. GPU temp was 85c.
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I have had achifacting on tdu for some od reason I dont get it on any other game, on the od occasion cod4 likes to freaze up on me but its rare
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post #15 of 38
Same with me any high amount of FPS it squeals not very loud though.
    
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Is there any benching utility out there that will stress my GPU so much that if its faulty it will lockup?

Is ATITool the only one? That is the only benching program that causes my card to squeal slightly but The Witcher does it a bit worse.

Its going to be quite a hassle for me to RMA and I need to find a way to replicate the fault so the store I bought it from give me a replacement with no problems.
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post #17 of 38
I think the higher the fps the more it squeals. When I loaded up the Crysis demo the intro squeals a tad louder more than the ATI tool.
    
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post #18 of 38
Well Ive rmad three cards that have had excessive squealing, even though no artifacts and all of them have been deemed faulty by xfx and a replacement shipped.
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post #19 of 38
The squeeling does not indicate a problem. It's just a vibrating coil choke or transformer, that may or may not be on the card itself; The noisy ones are normally the PSU or motherboard, but it takes certain loads (like a video card putting out hundreds or thousands of FPS) to make them apparent.

V-synch won't "fix" anything either. It will just cover up the problem by limiting the frame rate, thus lowering the load on your card and PSU.

The apparent reason the squeeling tends to be more severe at higher frame rates is that certain aspects of the card will be stressed more at high frame rates than at lower frame rates, even with higher details. i've had several cards that drew more power during the 800FPS parts of 3DMark 2001SE at the defaul 1024x768 resolution, than while playing Crysis cranked up.

Regardless, you should not be getting any sort of artifacting, or crashing, or freezing, no matter what frame rate the card is running at.

I suspect you have defective card, or a faulty/insufficent PSU.
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post #20 of 38
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I guess the next thing for me to do would be to check whether the squealing is from the 8800GT or PSU.

If it is the PSU, could that also cause artifacting and lockups?

Also, just tried the Video Card Stability Test program. Is it normal for the spinning earth to stutter after every few seconds?
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