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It performs great when it wants to work


To start off I'm not happy right now. My last video card took a dump and i had this overnighted to me. And it has a whine, or it emits white noise, which is louder then my rad fans when on high. I was using the card at 100% load at decent temps (42c max) for about 1.5 hours when the noise suddenly stopped. I was so happy until I noticed that the screen had begun to artifact. Switched programs and the artifact remained. Traded one problem for another. Re-booted and the noise is back, but the artifacts are gone. Im pretty sure the one i got is defective. Getting this RMA'ed. Also if you search for 7970 white noise or whine you will find others with same issue. I'd prefer to stay with ATI, so i hope the next one i get works correctly.

Manufacturer Response:

I apologize for the issues you have encountered with our card. As you already have an RMA open, you may contact me at if you have any further questions.

Regarding the whine that you have mentioned though, this is something that happens from time to time across all manufacturers of both parties. The electrical noise, or whine as it's commonly referred to, is nothing to be concerned about as it will cause no damage to any of your components.

Thank you,


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