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Strange Noise 4890

May 9, 2006
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Processor Intel 8700k @ 5Ghz
Motherboard Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming
Cooling DeepCool Assassin II
Memory 16GB DDR4 Corsair LPX 3000mhz CL15
Video Card(s) Zotac 1080 Ti AMP EXTREME
Storage Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Display(s) 24" Dell IPS 1920x1200
Case Fractal Design R5
Power Supply Corsair AX760 Watt Fully Modular
When i'm running some 3d java applications my video card makes this strange hissing like sound. I know it's not the fan because i control that manually. It doesn't seem to happen for regular games.

edit: it seems to be influenced by what i'm looking at as well. I can change the tone of the hiss by looking at more or less polygons.

edit2: nevermind, apparently it's called "coil whine" and it's perfectly normal when running simple things at really high fps.
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May 2, 2005
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Processor i7-975
Motherboard evga x58 Classified
Cooling Custom WFC
Memory 3Gb Kingston 2000
Video Card(s) Zotac GTX 285 AMP
Storage X25-M 2x Raid0, Gigabyte i-RAM 4Gb
Display(s) Dell 2709W
Case Cooler Master Stacker
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Corsair HX1000
Software WinXP sp3, Vista Ult-32 sp1
This is normal. When the fps is high, the noise 'tick' faster and when it is low because of heavy details, the 'tick' is slower. The sound is so obvious and annoying.

First I thought that it is the 4870x2 fan so i changed to water cooling, but the noise still exists.
Second I thought that it is because of stupid ATi design so I changed to GTX285, but still the same. So it happens to both Nvidia and ATi.

I have asked the same thing few months back. I forgot what the answer is, like something to do with high amount of power charged into the card, not sure though.

So the final answer is to stay with it; and love it because you can't get rid of it. Ohh wait, you can switch to lower end card, I think the noise is eliminated or lesser.
May 6, 2005
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Tre, Suomi Finland
Processor i7 4770K Haswell, watercooled
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Cooling Fuzion V1, MCW60/R2, DDC1/DDCT-01s top, PA120.3, EK200, 3× D12SL-12, liquid metal TIM
Memory 2× 8GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600
Video Card(s) between GPUs
Storage Samsung 840Pro 256@178GB + 4× WD Red 2TB in RAID10 + LaCie Blade Runner 4TB
Display(s) HP ZR30w 30" 2560×1600 (WQXGA) H2-IPS
Case Lian Li PC-A16B
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Mouse Logitech PM MX / Contour RollerMouse Red+
Keyboard Logitech diNovo Edge / Logitech Elite Keyboard from 2006
Software W10 x64
Benchmark Scores yes
I'd say it's a manufacturing anomaly (tension between inductor legs, eg.) if a video card does not squeak.
Some silly people actually RMA cards that make such sounds...


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Jan 1, 2009
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Republic of Estonia
Processor C2D E8400@3.6 ghz
Motherboard ASUS P5KPL-AM
Cooling Freezer 7 pro
Memory Kingston 4GB 800Mhz cl6
Video Card(s) Sapphire HD4850 700/1000 + Accelero S1 Rev. 2
Storage WD 250 GB AAKS
Display(s) 22" Samsung SyncMaster 226BW
Audio Device(s) int.
Power Supply Forton Blue Storm II 500W
Software Windows 7 64bit Ultimate
you gotta slap that biatch if she whines:laugh:
Mar 9, 2009
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System Name AMD Black Dragon
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Motherboard Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Memory 4GB OCZ PC2-6400 Platinum (2x2GB)
Video Card(s) ATi Radeon HD4870 512MB GDDR5 w AC Twin Turbo
Storage Crucial C300 64GB SSD, 500GB and 2TB Drives
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Case Lancool (Lian-Li on a budget) K7
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek ALC889A, M-Audio Fast Tracks
Power Supply OCZ Mod-X-Stream Pro 600W
Software Windows 7 Home Premium x64, XP Pro
LOL yeah my 9600GT would make that loud noise when playing Crysis!