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Very Noisy Graphics Card - Help

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Hiya. I am using a Radeon 4550 with passive cooling. In the past month or so, it's gotten very noisy. Playing any game and it emits a lot of whistling. I've taken it out, cleaned it etc, doesn't…
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hiya.

I am using a Radeon 4550 with passive cooling. In the past month or so, it's gotten very noisy. Playing any game and it emits a lot of whistling.

I've taken it out, cleaned it etc, doesn't seem to help. Using ATI's Catalyst Controller, under the load of any game, the temperature is about 65C. Is that too hot?

I've had it about 7 months but the warranty has me sending it back, waiting 10 days, etc, which is a huge nuisance. Is there anything I can do to, basically, shut it up?! Any sort of better cooler?

Thanks,

AV
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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tonyg1962
How can it be making a noise if it is passive and has no moving parts,65 degrees isnt too hot,


No idea. It's a whistling sort of noise. Whistling, hissing, sizzling pick one. Not that of a fan.

I'm 95% sure it's my graphics card. I thought it was my HDD first and have replaced that, to no luck. I listened closely and it sounds like the gfx card. I unplugged that and worked onboard and the sound had gone.
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65 degrees isnt to hot but do you have plenty of a circulating through the case ?.The GPU temp may be ok but the capacitors and memory may be getting too hot,
#3
tonyg1962
65 degrees isnt to hot but do you have plenty of a circulating through the case ?.The GPU temp may be ok but the capacitors and memory may be getting too hot,


I have the PSU fan, CPU fan and a case fan. I think the temperature inside is around 40C or so.
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AV1985
No idea. It's a whistling sort of noise. Whistling, hissing, sizzling pick one. Not that of a fan.

I'm 95% sure it's my graphics card. I thought it was my HDD first and have replaced that, to no luck. I listened closely and it sounds like the gfx card. I unplugged that and worked onboard and the sound had gone.


Capacitors can make a whistling noise ,Whether this is because of heat or simply because your card is dying i couldnt tell you, May be best to return it and make the best of the warranty,Passive cards arent always a good idea as you still need plenty of airflow to make them work,
#5
tonyg1962
Capacitors can make a whistling noise ,Whether this is because of heat or simply because your card is dying i couldnt tell you, May be best to return it and make the best of the warranty,Passive cards arent always a good idea as you still need plenty of airflow to make them work,


Under warranty they are just going to replace like for like. But the bigger problem is that it'll take 2 weeks (it's Scan) and to go that long without a graphics card... ouch.
#6
AV1985
Under warranty they are just going to replace like for like. But the bigger problem is that it'll take 2 weeks (it's Scan) and to go that long without a graphics card... ouch.


Yeah but problem is it will probably die a soon as the warranty runs out anyway and then your stuck.
#7
tonyg1962
Yeah but problem is it will probably die a soon as the warranty runs out anyway and then your stuck.


Definitely think it's a case of dying soon? I was considering selling it on.

No guarantee that a replacement will serve any better though right?
#8
AV1985
Definitely think it's a case of dying soon? I was considering selling it on.

No guarantee that a replacement will serve any better though right?


It may be a good time to upgrade and then sell the replacement card when it arrives,There is a small chance that it is your PSU as these are known to whistle when struggling but i wouldnt have thought that a 4550 would add much strain on your PSU, Unless of course it is a really underpowered PSU,
#9
tonyg1962
It may be a good time to upgrade and then sell the replacement card when it arrives,There is a small chance that it is your PSU as these are known to whistle when struggling but i wouldnt have thought that a 4550 would add much strain on your PSU, Unless of course it is a really underpowered PSU,


It's a modular 650W PSU. Should be ok!

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