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Games crash buzzing grinding sound from pc

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Games random crashing. Buzzing sound comes from pc when playing games. Changes when I move mouse.I have tried everyhting from installing fresh windows, reseated all hardware, changes in configuration. Bios updates. Checked for malware and viruses. Trying out XMP  profiles. Etc etc etc. Sometimes the games don't crash. This problem just keeps reocurring. Kernel power 41 63 errors. Devicesetupmanager errors in eventview. Im really just lost and have a feeling it's hardware but don't  know how to figure out which. Have done some stress tests like Aida64 and they all pass. The sound isnt there when stressing components. Only in gaming.Drivers are all up to date. Out of ideas to fix this.


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Hi @Ryakatsuki 

Going to need your system specs.

The crashing could well be due to instability brought on by overclocking. Please clear the CMOS and retest without XMP enabled.

The "buzzing" sounds like it's potentially conductor noise or what's referred to as "coil whine" and is normally audible. If it's only when gaming it will be the GPU emitting this.

How much noise is emitted depends on several factors:

1) PSUs produce their own coil whine. How much depends on the quality, type, specs, and size of the components used.

2) The graphics card also produces some coil whine. Again, how much depends on the quality, type, specs, and size of the components used.

3) Interaction between the PSU and graphics card can result in louder coil whine.

4) Coil whine is related to frequency and current.

5) Rapid changes in current demands (such as rapid load modulation when transitioning from low power state) is a major contributor to piezoelectric noise (some capacitor types are more prone to this).

6) As ripple frequency and other sources of power related noise can impact the level of coil whine, some combinations of psu and graphics cards may exhibit more noise than others. For a vendor, it is very difficult to account for all permutations because cost is a factor if you want to increase resilience to coil whine. There is only so much a vendor will or can do.

7) As current plays a part, the amount of audible whine will vary from system to system.




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  • I havent overclocked anything. Ive done a bios update today and through bios went with the Intel default settings made available to help  the known cpu issues and their default settings. Ive tried disabling XMP as well but no results. Maybe out there but could Malware or undetectable viruses be the cause?

1. Update the BIOS to 1301 using USB Flashback method. Ensure to use a formatted FAT32 pen drive and rename the BIOS file accordingly using the rename tool.

2. Open the UEFI. Performance Preferences > Select Intel Default Settings > Performance Profile

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090

I have done exactly that this morning!

Has the crashing persisted since?

If so, set SVID Behaviour to Intel Fail Safe and see if this helps.

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090

Yes still the same issue. Tried the intel fail safe as well.  I did notice something strange that  got me thinking viruses or malware is causing these issues. Is that possible? 

Yes, malware can cause instability. You can try reinstalling the operating system and report back.

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