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Whining Components

Post by MikeC » Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:15 am

This is in response to a suggestion by Edwood in another thread.

The idea here is to share information about components that exhibit coil / capacitor whining & sqealing, which is quite difficult to eliminate and best simply avoided if at all possible. It is most common in power supply components, usually inside PSUs and on motherboards. Most PSUs and motherboards can probably be forced to make such noise under duress, but some are more prone to it than others. It is often an interactive problem, with certain combinations of related components and loads cuasing the noise to become audible and annoying while remaining insignificant most of the time with other components and loads.

One other source of whining/squealing can be PWM controllers in combination with certain fans at certain speeds, but this is so specific that it's probably best to keep such discussion in the Fans / Control forum.

The trick is to try and confirm whether the whining & sqealing exhibited by a component is unique to your setup or characteristic of all (or many) samples of that model. This is obviously going to tough to do.

I suggest the following format:

1) provide info about your component, associated gear, noise and conditions when noise occurs
2) ask whether others with the same product (or very similar?) have similar issues.
3) only people who have that same of similar product should respond -- whether yay or nay -- and also provide some detals or use conditions.

If this thread turns out to be popular, it will be divided up into many threads and a new forum created under the heading of Whining Components.

:!: This thread runs the risk of becoming a useless dump for people to vent their frustrations about certain products or for incognito company reps to badmouth competitor products. Moderators will be keeping a close eye to guard against this. The thread will be deleted if it does not pan out right. :!:
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Post by MikeC » Fri Oct 29, 2004 10:19 am

Biostar 200N NF2 socket-A SFF barebones

Terrible coil / cap whine from motherboard cmounted components with several different CPU, RAM and HDD combination. Described in detail here.

Anyone else have this product & can comment?

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Post by killerfish » Sat Oct 30, 2004 10:31 am

Not sure if this has anything to do with it or not, BUT I posted in aanother thread that I was able to undervolt my 2800+ S754 CPU all the way down to 1.075v.

What's wierd is that I too had the whine until I started undervolting. It wasn't loud at all, but definitely noticeable. I think it was around 1.3v where I didn't notice the whine anymore. Perhaps it's worth a try?

Also, in regard to the Biostar 200N's whining. I had it REAL bad as well, but simply muting the all sound input/output channels (ie mic, SP/DIF,etc) besides the ones my speakers where on fixed it for me...


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Post by caber » Sat Oct 30, 2004 11:24 am

Um... please delete/move this post if need be but...

the whining noise from a stock Antec TruePower 430 can be pretty bad. i tried switching different components such as a Geforce 5600 instead of a Radeon 9800 and stuff but the whining noise from the fan is pretty bad. Modded the PSU with a 80mm panaflo and 92mm nexus and it's ok :)

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Post by AZBrandon » Sat Oct 30, 2004 1:25 pm

My Biostar 200V also has the PS whine at higher load. It's pretty quiet, but with the fans at near minimum speed (1600rpm or so for both 60mm fans) you can just hear the PS whine from 3-5 feet or so. Using CPUMSR to change the CPU speed, I can tell very easily that the whine increases at higher speed/load, but as mentioned, it's within tolerable limits on mine. I'm not real sensitive to high frequencies.

For the record, the power supply is an "Enhance ENP-2220E" 200 watt power supply. They seem to be the standard brand for Biostar IDEQ's. The newer IDEQ's use a 250W Enhance, but I'm not sure if it suffers the same problem as the 200W model.

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Post by maxxy » Sun Nov 07, 2004 11:22 am

Enermax PSU Whine - Enermax 350W (regular one), Barton 2600+@stock speeds, ASUS A7N8X-X mobo, Radeon 9800NP Sapphire (OEM version). Real high pitch whine came from the PSU. When Radeon was removed the noise stopped. So I switched to a HEC 300W that I had around. The whine stopped from the PSU, but instead this happened...

ASUS Mobo Whine - after switching to the HEC PSU, I started to hear whines from the coil near the mosfets near the CPU. These whines change if I scroll up/down and so forth. Im pretty sure I tested with/without the Radeon and the whine still occured. Btw the whine only starts when windows loads.

Currently thinking of purchasing Seasonic Silencer 460W.

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nForce2 IGP Motherboards Squeal

Post by nanite » Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:57 am

Both of my nForce2 IGP motherboards, the Shuttle MN31/N and the Biostar iDEQ 200N, squeal worse than anything in the world. This is not a power supply problem, but a coil problem that is on the board I've singled out. Do not buy either of these products if you value your hearing.

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Post by boardsportsrule » Mon Nov 08, 2004 8:08 pm

DFI infinity NF2 whined like a little sister, this was a common issue found by MANY people..... dont get it for silentness!!

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Post by mathias » Fri Nov 12, 2004 6:36 pm

My newer-FSP350-60PN with an 18A +12 line and some kind of 5 blade fan makes a whistling noise which I think is coil whine. Sometimes it's not there, but I wouldn't know how much of the time because it's very directional. maybe it's because of PWM, the fan also clicks at low heat.

Anyone have an updated fortron or fortron based PSU that has or doesn't have this noise or an older fortron (or derivative) that has this?

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Post by Likif » Fri Nov 12, 2004 10:50 pm

Both of my Soltek NV400-64 mainboards, with AMD socket A processors, have a faint whine when the CPU idles. This is not a problem at all, though, because I'm folding all the time anyhow.

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Post by Edwood » Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:42 pm

I'm about to retire it, but my old AOpen AX34 Pro II motherboard was letting out a high pitched "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" sound all the time. Weird part was that it stopped when I moved the mouse around.


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Post by Edwood » Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:02 am

I don't know if this one qualifies for this thread, but it's still technically a computer component.

Zippy EL-610 EL Lighted keyboard.

Great keyboard, but when it's lit up, the electroluminescent power supply's inverter makes a high bitched buzzing noise that is very annoying.

In fact, nearly all EL lit devices have a noisy inverter to some level.


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Post by alglove » Wed Dec 01, 2004 3:11 pm

Likif wrote:Both of my Soltek NV400-64 mainboards, with AMD socket A processors, have a faint whine when the CPU idles. This is not a problem at all, though, because I'm folding all the time anyhow.
Fold for quiet computing!!! :lol:

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Post by Vihta » Wed Dec 01, 2004 10:51 pm

So far I've had whining problems with Nexus 4090 PSU and LG 99G monitor.

The monitor problem isn't that bad because it's not switched on when I sleep, but the Nexus is pretty bad. In fact the noise was so awful that I ended up selling the PSU.

The Nexus whined under all conditions. Idle, load, hot, cool... Nothing made a difference.

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Post by Edwood » Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:27 pm

SMC 8505T EZSwitch Gigabit Switch makes a horrid high pitched coil wine. It is at least twice as loud as CRT TV's, for comparison.

When first plugged in, it makes very little noise. But as network cables are plugged into it, the whining gets louder and louder. Pretty sure it's an inductor coil.

There are apparently two versions out there.
I have the older SMC number 721.7513 which is an older design

SMC number 751.0154 is the new design.

I will be be RMA'ing it in hopes of getting one without the whine.

But according to Ars Technica Forum, I may not have much luck.

I had gotten a replacement from SMC and the new one does not have any whining.

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Post by daba » Fri Jan 21, 2005 2:21 am

Dell 2001FP 20.1'' LCD monitor

The whine is readily apparent when turning on the monitor, then slowly fades away after about 15 minutes of use. Not all 2001FP's suffer from this impairment.

Auravision Eluminx lighted keyboard, PS/2 connector

The high pitched whine is conspicuous from a few feet away. I sent one in for an RMA and received a brand new one back, which also developed the whine after a few hours of use. The whine is audible whenever the keyboard is lighted, that is, when it is in use.

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Post by Edwood » Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:11 am

The LCD in the Wacom Cintiq 15x makes a high pitched noise as well. It is at a pretty low level at least. I'm guessing it's the inverter for the LCD's backlight.


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Post by pdf27 » Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:18 am

Acer AL718 17" TFT.
Faint whine only really audible under quiet ambient conditions. High pitched pure tone, probably in region 18-20kHz (my parents can't hear noises of a similar pitch). Volume varies with the colour the screen is displaying - little/no sound for pure white screen (so SPCR is pretty quiet :D) becoming quite noticeable for black screen.

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Post by burcakb » Sun Jan 23, 2005 2:27 pm

Fortron 300-60ATV PSU + Epox 8KMM3I + pally + 'cuda IV.

Very slight PSU whine. I noticed it only when I swapped the PSU fan to run under 5V. Faint but very annoying late at night. Definitely PSU related, mobo is everything onboard. (PSU is more than 3 years old btw so I really shouldn't be complaining :) )

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Post by HellDiver » Thu Jan 27, 2005 11:51 am

Epox 4PDA2V+ and Gigabyte 8IPE1000 - both Socket 478 i865PE boards, both with easily audible whine under processor load. The Gigabyte also whines when high power AGP cards are used.

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Post by daba » Sat Mar 26, 2005 6:14 am

IBM Thinkpad X40 1.8'' 40GB 4200rpm Hitachi hard drive

This drive emits a high pitched noise which cannot be removed via software. Reports over at http://www.thinkpads.com/ confirm that this is just a trait of the 1.8'' 4200rpmHitachi drive. Drive also makes numerous clicking sounds, but this is due to Windows XP Pro preload and may be changed with software modifications.

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Post by wsc » Sat Mar 26, 2005 3:33 pm

NEC Multisync FE770 CRT - awful coil whine comes and goes as it pleases, varies based on colors being displayed as well.... ugh.

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BioStar M7NCD ?

Post by eventide » Sat Mar 26, 2005 7:48 pm

System is a BioStar M7NCD motherboard (nForce2 chipset) with Athlon 1.3GHZ chip. Video card is a (fanless) Matrox G400. There is a high pitched whine that disappears at full CPU usage. The same noise appears with two different PSU and with the hard drive spun down, so I am blaming the motherboard but am not certain of the cause.

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Post by Elky » Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:20 am

I have a whining Nexus 4090.

It whines if i connect either my Maxtor DM10 or my Seagate 7200.7 to it.
I connected other older drives to it and they dont cause any whining.

Mainbord is a A8V 1.02 with a 3500+, nothing else was connected to the mainbord when i tried this.

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Post by Uberapan » Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:48 pm

SilenX Lururae 460W Fanless PSU:

It squeals horribly as the load increases. Once it gets hot, it squeals whenever there is ANY CPU LOAD AT ALL. It squeals for a second if you open Outlook, Explorer, Notepad, whatever. It becomes unbearable when playing games because it gets really loud and annoying.

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The evil whine!

Post by Fruitbat23 » Fri Apr 08, 2005 1:56 am

I'm so happy I found this thread!
I've been going NUTS trying to track down the source of my high pitched whine!
It's intermittent, and get going when the computer is warm. I was amazed that the sound went away when the CPU was under load.
(I can watch the Windows CPU monitor and the sound is synced to the CPU load. It goes away while rendering fractals..)
I've swapped/unplugged everything except Motherboard (Asus K8N-E Deluxe) and Processor (AMD 64 3400+)

And now I'm pretty convinced it's a "toroid coil"

I'll report back if it's confirmed..

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Post by wwenze » Mon May 23, 2005 12:20 am

Have an Abit VA-20 mainboard with toroid coils that emits high-pitch "eeeeee" sound when they get too hot and CPU is not under load.

Goes off when CPU is under load e.g. prime95 and gaming, or pressing the scroll button in Internet Explorer.

Confirm is the coils as the sound gets softer when i press them.
And 'too hot' is only warm; I can leave my finger on it until i get tired.

Confirm is heat related as this only happens with my casing closed. If I put a fan on it (with casing closed) it happens after a longer time.

Confirm not PSU as I've tried 3.

BUT I found a partial solution:
Upon uninstalling AMNRefrigerator (HLT command software), the whine stopped for most of the time, only coming on intermittently during maximising/minimizing windows (probably periods of low CPU usage).

I was so overjoyed. :P

Update: Great solution found, here.

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Post by `clipse » Fri Jun 10, 2005 4:11 am

First I'd like to say this thread is a good idea. The first time I heard my mobo squealing and whining I was quite alarmed. I thought my processor was making a sound. I was like... WTF? Processors don't make sounds. Later I found out it was the ring with the copper coils around it. Fortunately this sound does not occur unless I am putting some serious volts into the processor during overclocking.

I understand this is sort of a "whining database" thread, but shouldn't there be a link to how to fix this problem in this thread? (It is fairly simple and there are plenty of tutorials I have read before about it, you just put some sort of glue or maybe it was epoxy on the coil and then its silent.)

Product: DFI NF3 250GB Lan Party
Noise Occurs: at vcore > 1.525v

EDIT: I just read the post above me and someone said using the scroll button in IE can produce a sound. Well.. ITS TRUE! WHY DOES THE MOTHERBOARD MAKE A SOUND WHILE SCROLLING? strange stuff indeed

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Post by brigitte » Sat Jun 11, 2005 9:45 am

My MSI K7N2 Delta2 Platinum is emitting a high pitched squealing sound and I'm pretty sure it's one of the coils. The sounds begins when Windows is starting and gets worse under load.

I managed to keep it in check by using the "nForce2 C0/C1/C2 Cooling Patch". Although disabling StopGrant disconnect commands eliminates the noise altogether (this can be accomplished by Speedfan), doing so also results in higher CPU temps (by at least 10 degrees).

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Post by Edwood » Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:40 am

The inverter for the backlight for my Dell 1900FP 19" LCD monitor is making a high pitched whine as well. :(


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