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Can anyone confirm this is coil whine please?

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January 16, 2013 11:22:55 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVy4zPwmxxc

This is from my own PC, just want confirmation that it is coil whine.

And would love to know if it is a danger to any components?.

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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 16, 2013 11:30:09 PM

Possibly, but it sounds like you have a seriously loud fan as well. Is that true?

BTW, other than being annoying, coil whine usually doesn't "break" anything,
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a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2013 11:37:47 PM

cliffro said:
Coil whine sounds more like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HxFBHdtvGI

Yours sounds more like a fan making a ticking noise from rubbing on something as it rotates.


I agree his sounds like something in the fan. I have heard many things Coil whine but his is not a coil whine. Sry Dreadbeard but Cliffro's example is coil whine.
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January 17, 2013 12:17:52 AM

Ah ok no worries, ill double check all fans when i get a chance, and yeah the fans loud but its a big one haha. Cyclone II not exactly small.

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January 17, 2013 12:20:00 AM

"Cant edit post"

But basicly i remember being told somewhere that the sound im hearing is a possible coil whine "or rattle of coils".

It only happens on high FPs games, and even more since my CPU got upgraded, it seems to be alot louder and more frequent now. Almost like the old CPU bottlenecked something.

Should it be of concern?
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 12:24:04 AM

It really does sound like a fan issue, more than classic coil whine. I have listened to your linked recording several times now and it is hard to tell with the fan noise to rule out coil whine.

Is this fan you referred to a case fan or the fan on your video card?
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January 17, 2013 12:25:30 AM

On the GPU its self, MSI geforce GTX 550 TI cyclone II OC.

Thats the GPU.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 12:38:19 AM

Just for grins. Drop your fan speed back to 30% max. Fire up a game and record the sound again.
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a c 87 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 12:50:26 AM

Oh dear... my 670 sounds almost exactly like that, though slightly less extreme, and I had always chalked it up to coil whine.
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January 17, 2013 1:24:16 AM

I had a thought it could be the PSU throwing the electric through its self to the GPU under load. but i wouldnt really know.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 1:24:16 AM

I am still not hearing coil whine. Sorry, could just be my ears.
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January 17, 2013 1:26:10 AM

Its the rattle in the video thats getting me, no clue what it is but it gets quite loud. Its not my HDD that grinds, this is more a rattle.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 3:05:07 AM

Sounds like a fan issue. Possibly an out of balance blade or bearing issue.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 3:53:04 AM

on the first i could hear a ticking sound but the second one look like a fan that is off balance and made a hissing noise when it rotate,use a set of headphones and put the volume to high you could hear it .
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January 17, 2013 12:11:29 PM

Im sorry if i dont completely understand but i find it a little odd that it could be an out of balance fan?, It only happens when everything gets under load in games. But it does get awfully loud.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 1:31:13 PM

Think of what happens when a ceiling fan is out of balance. At slow speeds it may wobble a bit, but it doesn't really affect its performance. At high speeds, it bounces all over the place and may actually damage something with all of the movement.

Open the case (powered down). Put your finger on the GPU fan to keep it from spinning. Power the system on. Any whine? Then release the fan and allow it to spin. Does the noise start again?

I had a Zalman CPU cooler a couple years ago that had a similar problem.
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January 17, 2013 3:38:10 PM

It defiantly slows and stops when I exit games but it does take a while to do so.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 4:01:20 PM

Do you mean the sound slows and stops (like coinciding with the fan speed)?
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January 17, 2013 4:03:38 PM

Sort of, I've never really noticed it but I've never noticed any performance impacts from a fan slowing?
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 4:06:18 PM

Your GPU fan will spin up/down automatically to adjust for the heat it is producing. Gaming will require greater processing and will generate more heat, thus the fan will spin faster. When you stop gaming, the GPU processing requirements will lower and so will the fan speed. Really not a matter of affecting performance in this regard as long as the GPU stays at a safe temperature.
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January 17, 2013 4:08:37 PM

I hit around 72 c if I sit in games for hours on end... Can go higher but not much, lately it sits around 68c under load
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 4:16:34 PM

Those temps are okay, not to worry, as long as you live with the noise.

You might considering returning the GPU (exchanging it) or you could add an aftermarket cooler to it if the noise is too much.
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January 17, 2013 4:20:05 PM

I think it might be ok, it can get relatively loud even over headphones. But i can live with it, I haven't got any case coolers yet but that's next in for me. I was just a wee bit concerned because it only gets as loud as it does since I put a new CPU in. It did it before but not so much it's like the old CPU bottlenecked the gpu and the new one has released that and now the gpu is doing more without getting so hot. But I'm not too sure, for all I know it maybe the psu but I can't get in the case right now to check.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 4:41:09 PM

Good luck!!!
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January 17, 2013 4:43:20 PM

Thanks mate and cheers for the help
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 17, 2013 4:48:18 PM

[8-)

We are here to help! You are most welcome!!!
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January 18, 2013 9:11:10 PM

After spinning my fan on my gpu up to 90% it doesn't look like its the fan causing the noise, so might be my psu fan.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 1:34:54 AM

i would do this if you have the onboard video ,remove the graphic card and retest with this one only to see if you could hear the sound it could also be from a case fan.
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January 19, 2013 1:44:58 AM

I have no case fans. I think it's the psu personally
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 2:19:49 AM

do you have another one for test ?
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 2:42:19 AM

What make/model of PSU are you using?
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January 19, 2013 2:47:45 AM

Power station 500w tax modular psu. And the only one I have extra cant handle the gpu or anything else.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 2:58:10 AM

Is this the one?

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupp...

Not sure (nor familiar) about the brand, but the specs are underwhelming. I certainly would not try CF or SLI with it, regardless of their claims. For CF/SLI I would definitely rather have a good solid 650w (or better) Seasonic or Corsair PSU.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 2:59:18 AM

your graphic card use 1 or both the pci-e connector ,if it use only one try to switch to the other connector with the other pci-e power cable and see if sound is still on ,then if you still think that is the psu rma since it only got 2 years warranty .
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January 19, 2013 2:59:59 AM

That's the ne, i have no plans to sli or cf for a long while, my mono only supports 1 gpu lol.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 3:03:29 AM

it is not sli your psu have to pci-e power outlet so try the other power outlet with the other pci-e cable so you could find if it is the card or the psu that made the noise and the psu warranty is only 2 years.
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January 19, 2013 3:05:07 AM

I will give it a try in the morning as its 5 am I best head for some sleep.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 19, 2013 3:10:27 AM

be around tomorrow for result .
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January 24, 2013 10:10:28 PM

Right, sorry for late reply and sort of a necro, but i got round to having a test around with things, i was having this noise "posted in top post" again, so i thought id take the side of the case off to see what it was exactly, funny enough it "seems" to be the GPU almost, i could be wrong.

But what was really strange was when i took the side off the case, the noise stopped after maybe 10 seconds. It leads me to think its either a cooling issue, or the case its self.

The temps stayed around the same with the case off as they did with it on. So im a little weirded out.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 25, 2013 12:21:59 AM

do you have a fan on your case panel ?
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January 25, 2013 7:15:07 AM

Nope no case fans at all yet.
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January 25, 2013 2:47:57 PM

The squeal on that I don't have, but the rattle is very very similar.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 25, 2013 2:53:40 PM

do you have onboard video so you could remove the card and see if the sound still on ,but i would also test that graphic card on another system that will help to see if it is from the psu or the graphic or another component .
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January 25, 2013 2:57:31 PM

No other pc to test on, and I might have aloof at the gpu and take it out, I'm almost sure at the second it is the gpu, but not sure why. The fan seems fine I ran it up to 90% under load and the noise stopped.. But if I leave it to sort it's self out when it gets up to heat and load it'll start again.
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January 25, 2013 3:05:11 PM

My temps fine, msi afterburner gives me all that info.
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a c 91 U Graphics card
January 25, 2013 3:09:52 PM

ok for the card check the part you could see with a magnifier to see if you could spot something .
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