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Humming Coming From video Card under load

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June 1, 2009 1:36:33 PM

Hey fellas recently got my self a new machine and i am having a bit of a problem. I first noticed the problem when i started play Deus Ex 2, i can hear buzzing noise coming from what i suspect is my my video card as it only appears under graphical strain. The noise almost sounds like capacitors or something of that order.

If anyone can remember Beus ex 2 when you load the game up it has a 3d menu this is where the sound start but if press escape where it ask you to quit and you no longer see this menu its stops. IT also continues though out the game, i have also had this same problem call of duty world at war. All drivers are upto date and everything seems to run fine no blue screen or anything its just annoying. Any help would be great.

Specs

Quad Core q9550
Asus P5q Premium Mobo
4 Gig consair pc8500 Ram
I cute 750watt Power Supply
Geforce 9800Gtx+ AMp edition By zotac

June 1, 2009 1:52:21 PM

leftspeaker2000 said:
Hey fellas recently got my self a new machine and i am having a bit of a problem. I first noticed the problem when i started play Deus Ex 2, i can hear buzzing noise coming from what i suspect is my my video card as it only appears under graphical strain. The noise almost sounds like capacitors or something of that order.

If anyone can remember Beus ex 2 when you load the game up it has a 3d menu this is where the sound start but if press escape where it ask you to quit and you no longer see this menu its stops. IT also continues though out the game, i have also had this same problem call of duty world at war. All drivers are upto date and everything seems to run fine no blue screen or anything its just annoying. Any help would be great.

Specs

Quad Core q9550
Asus P5q Premium Mobo
4 Gig consair pc8500 Ram
I cute 750watt Power Supply
Geforce 9800Gtx+ AMp edition By zotac


could it be just the fan speeding up...i have a MSI 9600 GT and when the fan speeds up is starts to hum

it used to be annoying to me...but when ur in the game you dont hear ne thing :D 

Uber
June 1, 2009 2:35:17 PM

are you using a ati card??? (did not look at sig before writing this :kaola:  )
i know what you meen. when i play farcry 2 it happens to me, kinda like repeditive clicks. pisses me off big time. dont no what causes it but i believe that it should be fine.
if your worried, reinstall the game of wipe the drivers of you comp for your gfx card.
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2009 3:17:04 PM

Sigh, this needs to be stickied bad. People ask about it all the time.. (obviously it is sometimes not this.. and abad fan, this is a simple humming, a bad fan would be more of a clicking)

It is harmonic distortion, your electronic components are just vibrating (as they do) when put through some current which either causes thermal contraction or magnetic distortion of the material. If it is above the annoying level in sound SOME companies will accept it as reason for RMA, some will not as it is not broken. Components simply make noise and it is something that happends to powersupplies (obviously these, transformer and that..), motherboards, video cards, etc.. (Power system capacitors (Vregs) are usually the parts making the noise.. not always though, pretty much every part can make noise.

Here are some related topics:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_hum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbs_phenomenon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_ballast (found in everything, produce a lot of the noise we hear in lamps and other current limitors)
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/defdeny.jsp?url=http%... (a paper on capacitor vibration, which is 90% of the nose you would hear from everything except teh transformer in the PSU (that is mains hum)
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