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Forgive me but yet another 970 Strix strange sound problem

Tom227
Level 7
First off, hello to everybody,

So for few days I own Asus GTX 970 Strix OC version together with Asus H170 motherboard(i5 6600 cpu) and using BeQuiet L8 500W power supply. I only launched first games today and while fans seem to work really nicely I discovered I also have this strange buzzing, sometimes hissing problem only happening while gaming or stress testing and stopping right away when exiting game or alt tabbing from it. I tried to record it but I couldnt do it properly so here is the video I found on youtube that is best showing how it sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57j7Pr9Ts_Q In my case I can hear it coming from top of my case which has a grill with holes on it so its the biggest place sound can come from. I hear it from around half a meter, from that distance I cant hear it very loud but from around 20-30 cm I can hear it clearly. I also think depending on how demanding game or how high I ramp up settings in game the sound becomes louder, not by much but for example louder on high than on medium.

The reason I am writing is because I really dont want to rma, return the card but ammounts of opinions about that isue is overwhelming and maybe I can get some clarification in here. Is this normal ? Some people using different brands of 970 have it, some dont, some claim getting another card solved it but in most cases rma of card, changing psu didnt help. If my system is completely stable and I can live with that noise am I safe to keep using the card ? And if its normal and possible to happen with those cards why shops and brands like Asus keep replacing cards for people ?

Also I heard rumours that this isue sometimes can dissapear in time, you know after week or two of gaming, or can be resolved by rising voltage or overclocking ?

Sorry for such a long post but I want to explain me dillemas as well as I could. Hope users and maybe some Asus rep can help me.
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Tom227
Level 7
That is exactly my concern. I dont have much experiences with RMA of any kind, until now I was mostly lucky and I wonder how those things are handled by companies like Asus. Bahz recommends replacement but I'm afraid both shop and later Asus will be testing the card, figuring out what is wrong etc. and weeks will pass. The card seems otherwise fine, meaning there are no issues with games, performance etc. just the buzzing noise but honestly Bahz answer kind of confused me, it is still safe to use it right ?

Nate152
Moderator
Yes it's fine to use, you're not the first one to post about coil whine. Bahz is just looking out for you and wants you to have a non buzzing gpu as she does actually care, she can make sure you get what you want is what she's more or less saying.

Here is an article you might find interesting.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/67822-graphics-card-coil-whine-investi...

Tom227
Level 7
Thanks for that link and help overall, I will hopefully test another 970 with my pc in upcoming days and report back results in here. I also want to be completely happy with my card and honestly performance and for example fan loudness are amazing with this card but somehow even if I have my headphones on, playing something and cant hear buzzing I just know its... there and getting rid of it will be final step to fully enjoy this great card

Nate152
Moderator
Yep it's your decision and I understand what you're saying, a gpu that doesn't buzz will give you peace of mind. 🙂

Let us know how your friend's gtx 970 tests in your pc.