The issue is isolated to the card and mainly happens with V-Sync off. Catalyst forced V-sycn is broken (what isn’t broken in catalyst?)
The card is 2 days old, freshly upackaged and has not been toyed with in any shape or form. simply installed onto the pc and ran. No overclocking because my CPU is more likely to bottleneck it than the GPU working slowly.
I have a 750 watt power supply and that should not be the issue. It’s connected to via PCI-E, 6 and 8 pin respectively.
It usually happens in game menus, where the resource demand is low but without v-sync you can reach some crazy fps. (CS:GO produces moderate noise on default. Alt tabbing out of the game eliminates the noise. Rome 2 total war is particularly awful and produces really really loud noises. Troughout this, the fan speed remains the same. regardless of the noise and vsync fixes it somewhat again)
Reading up on the topic i noticed that it could be the capacitators vibrating at a specific frequence and that limiting FPS like i said can be an answer however not all games have this option and some that do, cause generaly cause awful input lag. As a long time gamer i can assure you that in multiplayer games this could be the equivalent of an extra 100 to 200 ms ping. The console type FPS limiting like the one in source engine is a bright exception to the rule and even then in main menu at 60fps i can still hear some audiable noise.
The noise is audiable like a mosquito flying around your head when you’re trying to sleep in a rural area on the games which are louder. Emphasis on rural, IE no sound pollution. I am afraid that such faults from the day 1 could result in a low lifespan and as a user that owned a GPU for 6 years without any issues what so ever i am disheartened. The same GPU still works on moderately demanding games (maxed out DOTA2 or CS:GO) but it’s overheating, probably due to thermal gel and poor contact in worse optimized games such as Rome 2, Chivarly etc.
In many of the games i play, main menu is a place where i spend quite a bit of time, waiting for teammates to join party or simply waiting for the 5 to 10 min solo queues because i’m on the higher end in matchmaking rating.
I’ve also used GPU-Z to monitor the temperature.
I get 3 temperatures on that tool, 1 being the GPU temperature and 2 Voltage regulators. One voltage regulator is overheating unproportionately to the rest of the hardware, exceeding temperatures of the other two by ~10 degrees celsius.(gpu temp: 76, voltage regulator 1: 89, voltage regulator 2: 80 degrees.
I have not overheated the GPU and have strictly stopped at 90 degrees on the voltage regulator when i tested settings and i used the tool the very first minute of using the GPU. Considering that this GPU has an operating temperature of ~75+ with stock cooling this should be well within the safe zone and cannot be responsible for the issues i have.
I’ve been avoiding games i’ve bought this card for and i will continue, waiting for some sort of response.
Currently i am dissatisfied with the product and i would like to inquire what my RMA options are and how does this happen. What are the wait times and who to contact. The retail i purchased the product from or is RMA direct between the customer and you as the product provider.
if there is anything i should know or i can do i would like to hear about it. I really, really don’t want a 2 month RMA.
Water cooling or a power supply upgrade, or even bouth is out of the question. I can get the 970 for the price and enjoy higher end hardware with lower power consumption which results in less heat. I am not interested in it however, because the 280x is strong enough.
A GPU should not overheat out of the box and i have experienced some of it, sadly. Unwilling to test further.
I can give dxdiag, cpu-z reports and gpu-z logs for gpu usage/temperature readings
could the asymmetric heating be due to the proximity to the motherboard? I don’t know what the infrastructure of the GPU looks like and where the temperature readings take place. The motherboard isn’t overheating but it could affect how easily the heat dissapates in a certain region.
What are safe operating temperatures, normal load temperatures. How should i test this futher to see if it’s indeed faulty.
Edit: Screeching noises happen on temperatures as low as 40 degrees, when i first open the game and is not subject to long periods of gaming.
The gpu is R9 280x Royal Queen