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How much coil whine do you consider acceptable?

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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 6:54:41 PM

I don't know if theres an industry standard for coil whine deciding if a card is working or damaged, but how much coil whine does it take for you to return a card? Asking since I've only bought 2 cards ever, and I've returned both of them for coil whine, don't know if I'm being too picky or not but I could hear the first (7850) when half way across the room when the sound on whatever I was playing was muted, and on the second (7950) it was about as loud but whined even at idle, although very quietly. Personally I don't see the point in buying an expensive card with a beastly silent cooler if all you'll ever hear is coil whine, but maybe thats just because of my inexperience.


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October 11, 2012 7:03:25 PM

As long as the sound can't be heard when you move your ear away from the card.
a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 7:11:24 PM

If I can't hear it with my headset on its fine.. Or if I can't hear it over my fans its fine.

Basically if I can't hear it I don't care... So I guess the answer to your question would be "its not acceptable if I can hear it"
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a b U Graphics card
October 11, 2012 7:18:56 PM

Interesting. How common is it? Bad luck to have two in a row with coil whine, or do you just get good and bad ones? I different build has a 6850 in it (I suppose that makes 3 GPU's then) and stressed that can be heard whining with the case door off and my ear right over it. I was pretty annoyed when I got two considerably more expensive cards making it way louder.
a c 270 U Graphics card
September 14, 2016 1:43:53 AM

Almost every card has it, just in varying levels. Some people are more susceptible to the frequency than others also.

As long as I cant hear it without trying to hear it, thats fine with me.