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GPU makes weird sound with Borderlands 2

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November 13, 2013 10:21:00 AM

I have a R9 280x. When I open Borderlands my video card (I assume that's what's making the sound) makes this buzz sound in ~half second intervals. Accordingly with the sound the game "moves." It's not low FPS, it...moves then stops with the buzzing sound. Is it my drivers? What can I do?
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November 13, 2013 11:20:27 AM

Yea that's coil whine as you do things within games and the sound follow that sound. Kind of like what happens in the linus video. It's more then likely the power delivery to the card. Not much you can do and if you wanted to try a new card if you had just purchased the one you have return it saying it doesn't work and then ask for a replacement to give it another try.
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November 13, 2013 7:17:56 PM

bigshootr8 said:
Yea that's coil whine as you do things within games and the sound follow that sound. Kind of like what happens in the linus video. It's more then likely the power delivery to the card. Not much you can do and if you wanted to try a new card if you had just purchased the one you have return it saying it doesn't work and then ask for a replacement to give it another try.


I don't know. Other games are working fine, including Arkham City, which is also optimized for nvidia. Is there some way I could validate that that is the problem? It hasn't made sounds in intervals like that before.

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November 13, 2013 7:22:09 PM

hmm, maybe its just that particular application that causes it to act out that violently. What you could do is take off your side panel and really get up close like they did in the linus video and see if its something that is more subtle in other games.
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November 13, 2013 8:03:59 PM

bigshootr8 said:
hmm, maybe its just that particular application that causes it to act out that violently. What you could do is take off your side panel and really get up close like they did in the linus video and see if its something that is more subtle in other games.


I don't see anything out of place inside. Power cables are plugged in fine. It's sitting all the way in the PCI-E slot. It's temperature is at around 50c after walking around in the game a bit (with the skipping).
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November 13, 2013 8:28:40 PM

I didn't mean what you see but what you hear
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November 14, 2013 5:24:20 AM

Well, actually yes. Running Batman the same sound was there, but not as harshly, I think. It was continuous and not starting and stopping in intervals. It's doing it in Dirt 3 as well. Is this all pointing to a problem with my card?
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November 14, 2013 11:32:28 AM

Well coil whine wont kill the card but it can be a bit of an annoyance. If you have just purchased the card I would see if you can return it and then get a new card and maybe that card wont have it.
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November 15, 2013 9:47:08 AM

bigshootr8 said:
Well coil whine wont kill the card but it can be a bit of an annoyance. If you have just purchased the card I would see if you can return it and then get a new card and maybe that card wont have it.


I've found the issue. Get this: it was because I was using USB tethering on my phone for WiFi. That is completely crazy to me. Here's the thread that told me this. Hope this helps if anyone else finds this.

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November 15, 2013 9:59:30 AM

Hmm that is interesting. Well I guess that could cause interference but may not be the case all the time.
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