Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Coil Whine Issue Raises Customer Concerns

Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Coil Whine Issue Raises Customer Concerns

The GTX 970 is one of the most popular cards from Nvidia at the moment.
The card delivered fantastic performance that was not available to
Nvidia fans prior to its release. Especially not at the price point it
was introduced in. This led to it hitting the sweet-spot for many gamers
and instantly becoming one of the most popular graphics cards on the

Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Coil Whine Spoils The Charm

The GTX 970 is perhaps one of the more successful cards in Nvidia’s
history. Hitting all three crucial metrics by which GPUs are judged.
Performance, price and power efficiency. However it seems that even a
card like the GTX 970 is not without its Flaws. PCPer.com
has just recently drawn attention to an issue that many GTX 970 users
have been reporting.  The issue is excessive coil whine, a loud buzzing
noise which emanates from the graphics card.

According to PCPer.com several users directly contacted them asking
for help reaching out to Nvidia and the AIBs. There are several forum
posts with users complaining about this issue popping up all over the
web. As well as a very large number of youtube videos.
The number of videos is worrying because the card has been in the
market for less than two months. Perhaps the issue is exacerbated even
further by the popularity of the GTX 970. EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI all
have users who have been affected by this issue.


The R22 inductors are suspected to be responsible for the issue, at
least partially. Your power supply also plays a huge role in coil whine.
Simply installing the same card in a different system with a different
power supply can sometimes resolve the issue.

Here’s what Nvidia, EVGA and MSI had to say when PCPer contacted them :

From MSI:
“The coil whine issue is not specific to 900 series, but can happen with
any high end GPU and that MSI is looking in to ways to minimize the
issue. If you still have concern regarding this issue, then please
contact our RMA department.”

From EVGA:
“We have been watching the early feedback on GTX 970 and inductor noise
very closely, and have actively taken steps to improve this. We urge
anyone who has this type of concern to contact our support so we can
address it directly.”

“We’re aware of a small percentage of users reporting excessive “coil whine” noises and are actively looking into the issue.”

If you’re having coil whine issues with your GTX 970 please let us
know. If the noise is excessive you may attempt to RMA your card for a
replacement. A more conservative approach would be trying to limit your
framerates. If you’re using a 60Hz monitor make sure to maintain a 60FPS
frame limit. You can achieve this via software like MSI Afterburner or
if the game natively offers this option.

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