Coil whine heard through headphones after installing Windows 10. Coincidence ?

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  1. apsol

    apsol New Member

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    Gigabyte GTX 970 G1
    Hi, I'm having a hard time dealing with this buzzing in my ears, this never happened before I dont know if it's just a coincidence but it started happening after installing windows 10 which was a huge pita to install, I installed bf4, went to play and in the loadout screen I was hearing a quiet buzz noise, alt tabbed and the buzz noise was more audible, closed the game and the noise stopped.

    Then I remembered that I didn't yet limited the framerate to 60fps hence the audible noise, but no it didn't solved the problem the noise was still there but quieter. Then I tried updating audio drivers, reinstalling, nothing.

    I have a Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z97 that I bought mainly because of the audio characteristics (Onboard Creative Sound Core3Dâ„¢ quad-core audio processor, AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP, Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting, High end Nichicon audio capacitors)
    PSU is Seasonic S12II-620 and the GPU is Gigabyte GTX 970 G1.

    So the strange thing is after I installed windows 10 and this whole problem started I can hear the buzz noise more easily through my headphones than from the pc case which is weird I guess.

    There's two switches on the motherboard that you use to gain boost to power high impedance headphones like the ones I have, I tried switching them to the high setting which I never use but to see if something changed and now even when moving the mouse it makes a interference noise.

    What can be the problem here ? I restarted the pc and reinstalled so many times windows 10 because it didn't want to recognize my HDD only the SSD, I had to unplug the HDD, install windows 10 again then plug the HDD to get it recognized. Could that damage something in the computer that now is making this buzz noise ?

    Sorry for the long text.
  2. InfinityX

    InfinityX Member

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    2x GTX 970 SLI
    It might not be coil whine, but your soundcard picking up or being more sensitive to electronic interference from your Motherboard and GPU.

    Try enabling Spread Spectrum in the CPU options in the UEFI to see if that helps.

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