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My 290x's HOWL

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Yikes!!! :mad: :mad:

So got around to running tests on my system today just running some 3dmarks and general gaming to make sure it is stable and no obvious hardware problems.

All is fine apart from the proverbial cat dying inside the case. Coil whine is... immense.

So, Where do start guys? PSU? RMA the cards? Hot glue gun?

Suggestions please... Fortunately I need to drain the loop to replace one of the pumps anyway, so I can take the cards out at the same time... but god this is annoying.


2x r290 flashed to full r290x
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So, Where do start guys? PSU?

Corsair 1200i PSU
I would start by changing around the PCI-e power cables..
Try swapping them around on the cards sockets and changing the sockets they plug into the PSU..

And see if that makes any difference...

But First thing to do is try one GPU at a time and see if one is whining more then the other..
 
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good tip I was given get an empty toilet roll and use it like an earphone to find out where the sounds is coming from. I thought it was the GPU till I used the above and turned out it was the PSU!
 
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good tip I was given get an empty toilet roll and use it like an earphone to find out where the sounds is coming from. I thought it was the GPU till I used the above and turned out it was the PSU!

This is definately the GPU(s)
 
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The rive has pcie kill switches so you can just shut a lane off to try each card individually. If neither are bad on its own I'd be looking at the PSU & cable/rail arrangement.
 
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So i tested them both individually, and yea they both scream louadly on their own, so as you can imagine, together its untollerable.

Going to pick up one of the 1500i psu's (unless anyone has an alternate suggestion) to test with to see if an alternate PSU fixes the problem.
 
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Superflower leadex 1200w platinum will be more then enough and arguably higher quality then the 1500i
 
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Superflower leadex 1200w platinum will be more then enough and arguably higher quality then the 1500i


I picked up an evga supernova as I should just be able to swap the cables over on the PSU end without having to re-cable everything.
 
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I picked up an evga supernova as I should just be able to swap the cables over on the PSU end without having to re-cable everything.

Hopefully you won't have to use the above PSU under heavy load as it makes a lot more noise than coil wine on a pile of 290Xs.
 
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So have had it sat in a game menu for best part of 35 or so hours, which seems to have mildly helped take it from a squeeling noise to.. slightly less.

Switching over to the evga supernova psu didnt do anything. Still makes a damn lot of noise....

Looks like its RMA time.. sigh :(
 
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