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I wanted to trade away or sell the 5870 in my sig rig, but I don't want to screw anyone over whether online or in person.

After I powered up my Sandy Bridge upgrades (CPU+mobo+RAM), and I played some BC2, I noticed there was this slight buzzing sound from my PC.

In the past, my PSU that I still have now, emitted a buzzing sound and oddly, with the Sandy rig, I didn't hear anything. But instead I hear it from the 5870...

Whenever I play a 3D application (BC2 or Warhead * I don't have any other games installed at the moment*) the 5870 emits the buzzing sound ( I did put my ear next to it and it is the GPU, not the PSU).

And when I am on the desktop/browsing the web, there is no buzzing sound.

EDIT:
More over, I thought that I could re-seat the card and plug in the power cables again (6 pin and 8pin)...I did. And when I flipped the switch on the PC, and turned on the PC, a puff of smoke came out of the 8pin. I thought I was tripping out until I noticed the 8pin port changed color...
See attached.




In my previous AM2 setup, I never heard any buzzing sound emitting from 5870, only a buzzing from the PSU after a long time of use.


I am the second owner of this 5870, am I screwed?

Edited by 8-Ball - 1/17/11 at 6:37pm
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No. It's normal-ish. It's called something like coil whine

I can't remember lol.
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Originally Posted by kora04 View Post
No. It's normal. It's called something like coil whine

I can't remember lol.


Really?


Read my edit please.
post #4 of 16
I had that EXACT same problem. It went on for about 5 months. On and off. Then one day it got SO bad. It sounded very loud. I ended up having to replace the cooler with an accelero xtreme. That made the sound go away.

I thought it was coil whine, but it was on and off and eventually got really loud. I was eliminated completely after I got rid of the cooler.

EDIT: It could be coil whine though... Maybe I just got unlucky
Edited by cordawg92 - 1/17/11 at 6:40pm
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lol. It's cap whine. Nothing to worry about.
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Time to RMA...

EDIT: read he says a puff of smoke from the 8 pin.
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Then why is that a puff of smoke came out of the 8pin port?
And I believe it changed color...
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It did not change color...thats the original color of the 8 pin. Here's the proof in my rig:



And that sound you are hearing is cap whine.

Maybe the smoke was just your imagination playing tricks on you...if you believe there is smoke...you will see the smoke.
    
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itcrashed, thanks for the pic verification.
+REP

But I SWEAR that I saw smoke emit from the 8pin port!

And the buzzing is louder than before the smoke situation.
post #10 of 16
What's with all these 5870's with a 6pin and an 8pin? Mine has dual 6pin...?

EDIT: NEVERMIND, YOU HAVE EYEFINITY 2GB MODEL... ANSWERED OWN QUESTION.
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