GPU Making Worrisome Clicking noise

August 19, 2015 at 11:04:15
Specs: Windows 10
I recently bought a GIgabyte r9 390 and i noticed today as i was playing a game that there was a clicking noice, like the sound when something rubs against the fans, but when i checked there was nothing in the way. I read that maybe because it was lose. I also remembered that i installed a cpu fan the day before this all started happening. Is there anyway to fix this noise without returning it and even if im not able to is this harmful. I forgot to mention that the clicking noise only happens under load while in a game or im testing the GPU. It doesnt happen even if i turn up the fan speeds in MSI afterburner or when it is on idle.

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August 19, 2015 at 13:57:12
Are you absolutely certain it's coming from a fan? It "might" be coming from the hard drive... Clicking sounds from a drive mean it's on its way out... Likely to go any time...

Until you actually discover the cause, I'd be inclined to safeguard - as in duplicate/copy - "all" your personal files etc. to external media. Typically DVD but another (external) hard drive too is nice(r).

Doing that means that "if" the drive is going down, then when it finally does... your files at least are safe elsewhere.

You might even make a complete backup of the drive (operating system and apps - and anything else there) again to DVD. Doing this means that you will be able to re-install the image to a new drive in due course. But likely you will need to re-activate the OS.

Not being at familiar with win-10 (and I have no intention in that area until it's been somewhat debugged...), I don't know what backup utilities are included in win-10. There are third-party imaging apps that likely will do it too; Acronis and Easus being two that come to mind?

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August 19, 2015 at 14:00:33
I am almost a hundred percent sure that its coming from the GPU. I tested my GPU with furmark and it made the clicking noise and when i exited the furmark ended it stopped and i did this a couple of times and i got the same results

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August 19, 2015 at 14:26:27
mmm - testing as you have done - that would seem pretty conclusive...

Regardless I would encourage you to regularly safeguard "all" your files as above. Sadly so many don't; and when things "do" go awry... all those files suddenly are at risk and their value realised...

The test procedure - while it's running - can you observe the fan on the GPU? Is it possible to to check if the fan itself is loose within its housing; or even if it's actually loose in its bearing assembly - and thus inclined to "wobble"etc. when powered? I would make this latter check of course with the system fully powered down and the mains/power cord removed.

Also can you check/view it to see if if the area under the fan is also clear; nothing - no matter how small - actually in a position to catch the fan blades?

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August 19, 2015 at 14:35:27
I suggest fashioning some sort of stethoscope out of hose, tubing, or even a couple of straws taped together. Take the side panel off your tower, fire up furmark, & when the clicking starts, use your makeshift scope to pinpoint the source of the noise.

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August 19, 2015 at 14:44:32
Good suggestion from riider... Shades of the olde trick used on car engines in days of yore when listening for the source of an engine "knock" - even rattle (but not shake or roll...). The usual was piece of rubber tubing or a long thin screwdriver (more commonly the rubber tubing).

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August 19, 2015 at 14:57:50
"Shades of the olde trick used on car engines in days of yore"

My dad showed me that trick over 40 years ago & I still resort to it occasionally. I was recently trying to determine what was making a noise near the front of the engine in my truck. I grabbed an old broom handle, put one end to my ear & started touching the other end at the possible culprits (alternator, AC, power steering, etc). It turned out to be the belt tensioner pulley/bearing.

I passed the trick on to my kid too. :-)

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August 19, 2015 at 20:48:07
Or when it's clicking just use your finger to gently stop the fan in question. If the clicking stops then that's the one.

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