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Noisy MSI 7970 Twin Frozr III/OC Boost Edition

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    Hi since getting my new case the phantom 410 I am over the moon with how quiet it is compared to my last one except when I play games and my graphics card kicks in it is very noisy on auto or at 50% it is an MSI 7970 Twin Frozr III/OC Boost Edition, it actually whines, I looket at an artic cooler but they are about £70 and even though they are good all the heat is dumped inside the case. I was looking at the AMD R9 290 cards is there still a problem with them and does anyone know of any quiet ones.
     
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    Gigabyte Windforce versions of the R9 290 are good options for quietness if you are after the R9 290. Maybe you might be getting a weird vibration in the new case causing some kind of whine. You might want to check that out first before spending a heap of money on a new card or cooler.
     
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    Hi THE EGG, I have decided against the cooler and the card was noisy and whining in the last case in fact it has been since I got it early last year.
     
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    The phantom 410 was not designed to be a "quiet" case. I'm glad to hear that you're thrilled with it, but there are much better choices for a quieter case.
    IMHO, you have 3 choices:
    * Get a different GPU. (Make sure to check w1zzard's reviews for fan noise readings)
    * Get a different case. Define R4, Nanoxia Deep Silence 4, as well as a whole host of other cases.
    * Uses Afterburner and down-clock and/or down-volt and/or adjust the fan profiles (while keeping the card's temps in the safe zone)

    Okay, 4th option. Invent an active noise blocker for PC's
     
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    I bought the phantom 410 for cooling and room and with every fan space filled I don't mind the noise but as soon as I play a game the gpu cuts in and is way above the case fan noise, I think it might be a new graphics card as I said I quite fancy the R9 290 it's within budget range but what one
     
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    Is your 7970 TF III overheating? Those coolers are usually pretty quiet on Auto. MSI TF III cards do have a tendency to have the TIM fail*, which will send the fans to max due to high core temps.
    *happened to the TF III cooler on my 6870 Hawk

    If this is the case then a redo of the TIM with MX2/MX4 paste will get the card quiet again
     
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    Theres such a thing in this world as sound dampening foam made for PCs. It can be a little pricey though
     
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    I've always wondered what an application of vehicle undercoating to a case would do? link Neatly done to the inside, not just slobbered on the outside.
     
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    In Call of Duty Ghosts with the fans set at 50% using MSI Afterburner they run at 72-74c
     
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    thats more messy, hence why people dont do it. Ive heard of noise dampening foam inside case but never vehicle undercoating
     
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    Good roundup, I'd go the Gigabyte one as I believe it is quietest ( I value noise level quite highly). But I think the Sapphire one will have the best performance. I'd skip the XFX one though, although it is sexy to look at.
     
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    keep your current card and replace the thermal compound on it, and ensure all screws are screwed down, (Might have to get a plastic washer to ensure your cooler sits properly on the GPU) And Clean Your fans!!!
     
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    Hi fans are kept clean is there anything I can spray the fans with ie WD40 was suggested to me but I don't know whether to believe the person or not, do you have the link for w1zzard's reviews for fan noise readings as I can't find it.
     
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    DO NOT use WD40 on fans, It IS a lubricant but first and foremost it is a liquid displacer. use something like 3in1 oil or at least sowing machine oil
     
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    When ever w1zzard reviews a GPU, fan noise is one of the tests that he does. example: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/R9_290X_PCS_Plus/22.html
     
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    I'd choose the Gigabyte one as I know the cooler that it is fitted with is a BEAST. Super quiet and very cool. But for outright performance the Sapphire would most likely be the better card.
     
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    I really dont think you should upgrade from a 7970 to a 290,especially for 1200p,just set your own fan curve in afterburner.
     
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    Hi does anyone have the saffire I have heard it is pretty quiet as well
     
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    I had a quick look at some reviews and unfortunately I can't find any direct comparisons with the Gigabyte and Sapphire cards but it looks like the Sapphire R9 290 tri-x is about on par noise level as the Asus R9 280X DCII (which I have 2 of and I find them pretty quiet). If left on auto-fan while gaming I can't tell the difference between the Asus and a Gigabyte card with windforce cooler. And it looks like the Sapphire is just as cool as the gigabyte windforce one too. So I think if you choose either of the 2, you will have a beast card. :)

    EDIT: nevermind, I found this; http://www.kitguru.net/components/g...290-windforce-oc-review-1600p-ultra-hd-4k/29/
    shows the sapphire and gigabyte noise levels. Extremely close results so either is a great choice :) If anything the Sapphire is better now I read that review.
     
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    Hope your right as I am seriously thinking on the Saffire, hopefully I will see some improvement on the graphics side.
     
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    i know a few with 290s and the dc 2 seems to be about the best in terms of noise/temps.

    the sapphire, msi and gigabtye ones are either quiet or cool, while it is in the middle with both.
     
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    I heard ga cards sometimes are a headache when it comes to compatibility
     
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    Cookiemonster

    Im in the same situation as you are now, and ive desided for the Sappire R9 290, after reading a ton of reviews both in term of noise and also preformance. I will get mine just here after easter, proberbly on wensday so then its time to see for myself.
     
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