Question Annoying coil whine from GPU or PSU. Need a fix.

philipsan

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Hey guys

I just bought an RTX 3080 GPU, coming from a GTX 1080. What an upgrade, so impressed with FPS in games!

But just with my old GPU, I also experience this completely annoying coil whine while gaming.
The coil whine comes when not in game lobbies or menus, but when the actual game starts, where you can actually play.

I game with stereo speakers, so I hear the high-pitched coil whine pretty clearly.
It's hard to tell, where the coil whine is coming from exactly. But it seems to be in the region of the GPU and the PSU.
I really want the coil whine to go away or at least be fairly noticeable to my ear. I am aware that coil whine is more or less normal and not harmful, but I also feel that it can be corrected somehow.

Since the coil whine is present, even with the new GPU, could it then be the PSU? I'm not just going to replace the PSU or any other PC component for testing purposes. I would rather have the coil whine pinpointed, so I can make a correct fix.
I am willing though to replace any PC component regardless of cost (more or less) if it means a reduced/vanished coil whine.

Concretely I was thinking of upgrading the PSU to a platinum PSU with 850w or 1000w, with better internal components, than my current PSU. but would it actually reduce the coil whine?

It's my hope that some of you guys are hardcore experienced in this matter and could potentially lead me in the right direction of a fix, based on my PC specs, listed below.
I have not overclocked anything. I have very good airflow in the Fractal cabinet, with 4 Bequiet wings.

Thank you, guys!

  • Ryzen 5 3600
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX Black DDR4 3200MHz 2x8GB RAM
  • MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX mainboard
  • Gigabyte RTX 3080 Gaming OC rev.1.0
  • Windows 11 (10.0) Professional 64-bit (Build 22621)
  • Corsair RM750 PSU (old version, NOT the 2021 version)
  • ASUS ROG PG278Q monitor
  • iFi Zen DAC v1 with Audioengine A2 speakers
  • USB hub with diverse USB peripherals connected
Every power connector is attached to a large Power strip, with a single connection to the wall outlet.
Let me know if you guys need more info. I will go far to finally get to the bottom of this issue. It has been around for years now, and only now do I feel the urge to do something.
 

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