GTX 1070 Buzzing at high clock speed - help needed

Hello guys, hoping someone can help me out with this.

I've recently built a new pc (first build, about a week old now)
My GPU is the Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1070 G1
with a Intel Core i7-7700K ,
MSI Intel Z270 PC MATE mobo
and Corsair rmx 850w Power supply
Installed drivers from disk etc and all set up.

Today i started noticing a buzzing sound only when gaming. If i tab out the buzzing stops.
Now i've never experienced coil whine so i'm not sure if this is or not but i don't believe so based on what i've managed to figure out.

The buzzing does not appear to occur when the fan speeds are high as i tested them using MSI Afterburner.
The buzzing appears to only occur when the GPU clock speed is above around 1500 mhz.
I tested this playing GW2 and Black desert Online and checking Afterburner. When the GPU clock speed hits 1500 mhz it starts lightly buzzing, any higher than that it becomes a constant fairly loud buzz.
I guess the main reason i didnt notice this before is because i just started gaming at 1440p and my clock speeds at 1080p gaming was only reaching around 1300-1400mhz max.
So as far as i can tell this appears to be a GPU problem, also when i opened to case to check i couldn't see any signs of wire/fan clashing.

My questions are :
Am i right in thinking this issue is coming from the GPU?
is it normal for a gtx 1070 running at 1500mhz+ to start buzzing constantly and loudly?
Is this a fault that i can get a replacement for or is there a fix involving software/updates?
Will this cause me any other hardware issues? (i can probably learn to live with it with headphones on if not)
Thanks all in advanced for the help!

edit: heres a vid to demonstrate
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  1. This is a form of coil whine. I have had this is my current build. Most likely it is dirty power coming from the PSU. When I replaced my PSU with a Seasonic it eliminated the problem.

    What PSU do you have?
    Reply to koreanoverlord
  2. Thanks for the reply, i have a Corsair CP-9020093-UK RM850x
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B015PWMT7O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Is there any way i can test whether its the power supply without getting a new one?
    Reply to Mikeyckl
  3. I had massive coil whine with my previous GTX 970 (MSI was known for coil whine) and i thought its because of the psu. I replaced the psu and motherboard with top quality products (for other reasons too) and I still had those coil whine. The buzzing sound came through my speaker system. When I upgraded the speaker system, then the problem was gone. In normal gaming and usage I never hear any coil whine. Upgraded to GTX 1070 and still no problem.

    But i have strange sound by moving mouse courser at very loud speaker settings, if no other sound is playing. After all, I think the sound card could also eliminate some coil whine and strange sound problems. Not sure if this will help you. I just want to say, you should check these too, if replacing psu does not resolve. I would say, buy high quality PSU, Motherboard, Sound Card and Speaker system and of course a Graphics Card, which is not known for its coil whine problem.

    Edit: Look here for top tier PSU: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html
    I recommend you Super Flower or Seasonic. Or EVGA G2 series. EVGA does also some low quality builds, so you must look carefully. Those G2 series are build by Super Flower and GS build by Seasonic.
    Reply to turbopixel
  4. Thanks for the advice, i will be testing as much as i can starting with the PSU when i get a chance to borrow a friends.
    For more info i've recorded a vid of the buzzing now embed in the description, does this sound like normal coil whine?
    Reply to Mikeyckl
  5. Confirmed that it is not the PSU as i tried a friends Cooler Master silent pro 1200W with all different cables.
    Pretty sure it is a problem with the GPU, now the question is should i send for a replacement and hope for a new one without coil whine?
    Reply to Mikeyckl
  6. Mikeyckl said:
    Confirmed that it is not the PSU as i tried a friends Cooler Master silent pro 1200W with all different cables.
    Pretty sure it is a problem with the GPU, now the question is should i send for a replacement and hope for a new one without coil whine?


    I know of more than a handfull of people who own 1070 and 1080 partner cards (zotac extreme, evga ftw, gainward goldensample, etc) and they all have coil whine except my 1070 founders edition
    Reply to ahoj__
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