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My MSI 780 ti Gaming is making a weird noise when I play Call of Duty Ghosts :(

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March 4, 2014 1:50:42 AM

I'm having a slight issue with the card. I opened Metro Last light and my computer rebooted by itself before it got to the part where you select new game/load game/options. This happened two or three times but then stopped and seems to be working fine now. I'm also playing Call of Duty Ghosts and the sound stutters sometimes during the cinematics. My computer also blue screened once when I switched the game from windowed mode to full screen.
I've been playing and it has not blue screened again since that one time but during gameplay I hear a low sound coming from the card. The frequency of the sound changes from higher to lower and visa versa every time I move the camera.
I thought it might be coil whine so I checked some videos on youtube for what coil whine sounds like. The noise my card is making does not sound like coil whine and it isn't loud at all but it is audible and it does fine tune every time I move the camera. This doesn't happen in any other game and I never hear the card making any noise while playing any other game. Temps stay low, around 50-65 and the highest I've seen the fan speed was 49%.

Naturally I'm a bit concerned for my baby. If you have any idea what this could be please let me know. Thanks.
March 4, 2014 2:00:36 AM

well that noise is a very annoying coil whine, unfixable by the user but is a manufacturing fault. You can replace it and the sound should not happen again. My Custom cooled R9 290X does the same thing.

That whine will not effect your cards performance at all, nor do any damage.
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March 4, 2014 2:08:17 AM

Hey thanks for the quick reply. The thing is that this sound only happens in this particular game. It's also a very low sound and doesn't sound like coil whine. Either way, the sound doesn't really bother me since it's low and I can't really hear it while gaming. I'm just worried about the card getting damaged from playing this game.

Do you think it really is coil whine and I'm safe to continue playing this game?
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March 4, 2014 2:11:56 AM

it will be a coil whine, it only occurs when the graphics card is at high GPU usage, that sound is of no damage to the graphics card.
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March 4, 2014 2:23:10 AM

Thanks man. I'm actually hearing it pretty well right now and it is rather annoying. Guess I'll just wear my headset when I play Call of Duty.
Not that I'm complaining, but is there any reason why it's only this game that causes this coil whine? I play other games that are more demanding than this one and it doesn't happen in those games. Games like Crysis 3 and Assassins Creed Black flag.
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March 4, 2014 2:26:29 AM

well, Ghosts requires quite a high end graphics card and rig, but it happens in some games and not others for me also. Like GTR EVO, makes the most annoying sound ever, and on BF4 ultra maxed out, absolutely no sound at all, when GTR EVO requires no where near as much GPU power. But for most of the time it's higher GPU usage, but in other cases it's not.
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March 4, 2014 2:27:48 AM

you can replace the card, you are entitled to do so if it's that bad or if it happens at all. I may replace mine if i can be bothered, may change from Gigabyte windforce 3x to Sapphire Tri-X or Asus Direct CU II.
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March 4, 2014 2:38:31 AM

Yea It's something to consider. I don't want to be forced to play with my headset on all the time just to escape the nuisance. But so far its only happened in this game. I also played Battlefield 4 maxed out and had no coil whine at all and the game ran flawlessly at 60fps. This game runs well too with a few drops in fps here and there but for the most part it stays at 60fps. If it happens in more games or gets worse or whatever I may ask them to replace it. I just wasn't sure what it was and didn't want my card to die on me. I like the look of that Sapphire Tri-X card by the way but if you have the gigabyte card, wouldn't you have to send it in to Gigabyte for replacement?

On a side note, you and I have the same SSD and CPU cooler, aren't they great? :)  Also, I have the i5 4670k and everything I've read said that it's just as good for gaming as the most expensive CPUs. Did you get that 4930k for something other than gaming?
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March 4, 2014 2:40:46 AM

the SSD is great, yes :) 

And the 4930k was meant for extreme multitasking, I do heavy 3D and have at least 4 programs running at once, that explains it.
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March 4, 2014 2:45:43 AM

I see. I got that Noctua cooler a few weeks ago. Want to try and overclock my CPU.

Anyway thanks for the help and quick responses man :) 
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March 4, 2014 3:16:10 AM

Pavel Pokidaylo said:
Thanks man. I'm actually hearing it pretty well right now and it is rather annoying. Guess I'll just wear my headset when I play Call of Duty.
Not that I'm complaining, but is there any reason why it's only this game that causes this coil whine? I play other games that are more demanding than this one and it doesn't happen in those games. Games like Crysis 3 and Assassins Creed Black flag.


I think it just depends on what the game is. I get a small amount of coil whine when running Unigine benchmarks, but not in games.
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March 4, 2014 11:42:09 PM

yep so far its just CoD Ghosts thats doing it
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