I am currently using a 7870 Sapphire video card, Brand new, about a week old. It has started making this really high pitched squealing sound, Its not over heating, The PSU is brand new as well. I disconnect the video card, No squealing. Reconnect it, and the squealing is back. Should I RMA ? Is this a serious issue ? I know the sound is extremely annoying.
I take the GPU out, No squealing, I can also spin the fan on the card, and it makes a grinding sound. Been running without it for about 30 minutes now and no sound, It sounds like the fan is rubbing on the housing.
Sounds like the bearings in the fan have failed. Return it for another.
I've read the Sapphire 7870's have alot of problems "the one I had" would you think a Gigabyte would be better ? I could get a refund and just purchase the gigabyte as its the same price. But it seems like the Sapphire card has alot of problems