GPU Grinding Noise

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Monitors' started by Nick.D, May 3, 2018.

  1. Nick.D

    Nick.D Member

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    My GPU is the GTX 970.

    It's started making an odd noise when I play games.
    The game in question is very hard on the video card, but it runs it with no performance or temperature issues.
    The average temperature when playing is 55-65 Celsius.

    It only happens while I'm playing a game, so I figured it was coil whine (which I've had problems with before) at first.
    The problem is I only get coil whine at 200+ fps, and I have it capped at 60.
    The noise isn't the same either.
    Instead of a constant screeching it's a lower pitch grinding/ thumping noise.
    It isn't a low pitch noise like a wire hitting a fan, it's still a high pitch, probably around 400-500Hz.

    Not really sure why it would make that noise. I've already checked to make sure it wasn't the fans, I ran them at a high % independently of the game, but it sounded normal then.

    So... does anyone know what this is, and more importantly, if it's a problem?

    Edit: I also just ran a much less intense game to see if it did the same thing, and it didn't.

    Edit 2: It actually seems like it's coming more from the processor, which is even more strange. I don't think processors have any moving parts (though I don't think video cards do either) as to make that noise.

    I just replaced it a few months ago, too.
    Now this is in the completely wrong section...
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2018
  2. Nick.D

    Nick.D Member

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    Figured out the problem.

    Found help from someone who suggested it could be coil whine on VRM heatsinks, so I just ignored it.

    Turns out it was neither CPU or GPU.
    A capacitor blew somewhere (probably the PSU).
    There was a popping noise followed by a burning smell.

    It was ancient anyways though.
     
  3. Deerling7

    Deerling7 Active Member

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    Oh wow.
     
  4. Nick.D

    Nick.D Member

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    Just looked inside my PSU, it wasn't just a capacitor that blew.

    It was 4.
    And a toroid.

    Don't know what the heck happened there, but I think it's safe to say my power supply is pretty much toast.
     
  5. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    Yikes,.. dont be surprised if the board is fried too!
     

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