Possibly, but I don't think so. The frequency issue is clearly a software problem from my point of view. It's possible it was some bug specific to my system configuration. I had the latest AMD drivers which actually made the problem worse, so I rolled back to the previous version. I also looked to see if there where any BIOS updates from XFX, but couldn't find any.
As for the noise, this and every other review has it as one of the louder cards out there. I think this card being classified as loud is a pretty safe bet. I could hear the fans through my headphones when they got going. It's possible I could have spent more time adjusting fan profiles, but for $1200 or whatever I paid for it, I shouldn't have to. I was into that kind of thing when I was younger, but these days my gaming time is too limited and I want something that's basically plug and play.
It was definitely the loudest card I had ever owned. It's possible coming from my previous card (Gigabyte 3080 Eagle) I was going to be extra sensitive to any sort of increase in noise. For what it's worth, I was lucky enough to be able to just walk into a Microcenter and buy an Asus 4090 TUF to replace it and it is barely audible in comparison. It definitely has a low hum when gaming, but I can't hear it unless I take my headphones off.
But if you're happy with it, that's all that really matters. On paper, it's a far better value than the 4090 and especially the 4080 IMO. I also loved the build of the card, and the supporting mounting bracket is a great solution that other manufacturers should copy. For me though, it didn't work out. Just sharing my experience with the card in case it might be relevant to anyone else thinking of buying one.