I've recently bought Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB with Vapor-X and I have 2 problems with it.
First is coil whine (well, i suppose it's coil whine) - is it bad? I've sent one card on RMA because of it but second card (exactly the same Radeon) has that issue too. I've read that a lot of people is having this problem.
Second is the fans noise. I think that they are too "aggresive". When they're running 50% or less it's okay, they are not so loud. But when running some games they're going to make a big noise. For example - GTA 4 - I'm playing normally but during the cutscenes the temperature is rising to 75C degrees and fans are really loud. Or playing World of Warcraft - sometimes it's quiet but sometimes they're loud. I don't know why is it happening.
Is it a defect? RMA it again? Or that Radeon is just loud?
PS If i made any mistakes - I'm sorry but english is not my primary language and i'm still learning
I know that but how? My case is Coolermaster HAF 922 and i have fans on top, back and on the front of the case. I have Thermalright Silver Arrow on my CPU. I just think that fans are too loud for their working level.
I have to agree about the noise. I have just got the Sapphire HD 7970 & its way louder than my old HIS HD 6950. When the fan goes above 50% its noticeable. 60-65% & up you have a high pitch whine that I cant ignore.