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January 15, 2011 2:56:49 PM

So i have a galaxy gtx460 (768mb). It has been working fine until today i noticed while playing a game. I went into change the resolution. Upon entering into the resolution change menu, the vid card (or im assuming is the vid card) started letting out some ultra high super sonic noise (like something that should be right on the upper limits of human hearing range). My wife cant hear it but i can and it annoys the crap out of me.

What is this? It seems to trigger when i enter into the menu to change resolution within 3d video games. I dont even have to actually change the resolution for this to happen.

I reseated the card. disconnected and re connected the 6-pin power connectors and i check the psu voltages while playing games at the come up at 12.01v and 5.01v.

Anyone?
January 15, 2011 3:09:58 PM

P.S. this is a different build than my other post
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January 15, 2011 3:10:52 PM

Coil noise. Might be the video card, the mobo o more likely the PSU. Remove the side panel and make a cornet out of some paper and listen and see who's the culprit. It's nothing that can damage the PC. Try to swap some power connectors around or use some unused ones.
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January 15, 2011 3:15:56 PM

mosox said:
Coil noise. Might be the video card, the mobo o more likely the PSU. Remove the side panel and make a cornet out of some paper and listen and see who's the culprit. It's nothing that can damage the PC. Try to swap some power connectors around or use some unused ones.


Seems like its coming from the vid card.

I swapped the order of the 6-pin power connectors in the vid card and i reseated the vid card.
Still has the noise.
and did you mean the cornet wont damage the PC or the noise means nothing harmful? :) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 15, 2011 3:57:55 PM

The noise. If you have multiple rails on the PSU try to use only one of them for the video card, one for the mobo, and some other for the rest.
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January 15, 2011 10:19:51 PM

I tried the card today on two indepent PSUs..both corsair 650w PSUs

still makes the noise...its rather painful for my ears... still dont understand why the wife cant hear it
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2011 6:03:43 AM

Try decreasing the voltage a bit may be a slight underclock.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 16, 2011 8:55:09 AM

Wife most likely cant hear it becuase her ears are 'open' to different frequencies and she doesn't register as high a pitch as you obviously do,
Berate her for having inferior hearing capabilities then drop your cards volts fractionally
:p 
Moto
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February 3, 2011 1:51:59 AM

how do i decrease voltages? and if i do...doesnt that make system unstable?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 3, 2011 9:47:15 AM

Rivatuner should let you tweak the cards settings a fair bit,
and you only make tiny alterations,
as long as you dont seriously underpower it, you should be fine,
Moto
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February 4, 2011 4:36:39 PM

i have MSI after burner but it does let me underpower...

Is lowering the voltage of a card a known fix for this problem?

and how low is too low?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 4:41:27 PM

coilwhine is caused by current,
if you lower the voltage it will get rid of it, but at what level differs obviously,
I would say lower the voltage one measured increment at a time, then wind up your game to see if its gone, rinse and repeat until your happy with the noise level.
Too low and your card will artifact and tear, fps will drastically drop, the card will basically stop working properly, its for you to find a balance you can live with,
other options might be trying another card if possible, or that card in another pc.
Moto
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February 4, 2011 4:46:38 PM

I have two different gtx460s (different brand and one 768mb the other 1gb)
tried both in this computer and it whined. Tried both in other computer and both whined.

brought back the cards and got replacements and both whined.

changed PSU and still whined lol
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February 4, 2011 4:47:33 PM

so i hope this fixes it cause this is crazy annoying lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 4, 2011 7:57:50 PM

Swapping out parts isn't identifying any part to blame,
so what are the factors not changing? your ears, house electrics, any others you can think of?
go for an ear test and have an electrician check out your house wires,
its certainly an interesting issue, although I'm sure your going mental from it
Moto
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February 5, 2011 5:05:25 PM

had an electrician here...says its fine.

yes i have a ringing noise in my ear constantly but when the computer is on its a different noise than that
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 5, 2011 5:23:27 PM

Maybe lowering the voltage is your only option then,
I'm starting to run out of ideas though...
post back if that does help any,
Moto
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February 5, 2011 6:06:16 PM

tried lowing my voltage one step and the computer froze lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 6, 2011 8:21:19 AM

Looks like earplugs are the only option left lol :) 
I'm sorry We've not been able to get to the bottom of this one for you :( 
Moto
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 6, 2011 2:06:11 PM

I'll chime in late on this one.
I agree it's the gpu voltage.
I always noticed an annoying sound from my gpu and i changed the voltage.
Viola! noise gone.
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February 6, 2011 2:23:01 PM

possibly upping the voltage a step or two may solve it?
Moto
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February 9, 2011 4:00:37 AM

Rivatuner doesnt seem to work with my gtx 460

i tried afterburner but it doesnt allow me to change the voltage even after i unlock the voltage adjustment bar. It just keeps resetting to 0 when i click apply
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