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  • Is my PSU bad?

    My XFX 650W XXX PSU was bought a few months ago, and I never really noticed any unusual sounds, however whilst rejiggering a few things inside my case I noticed the noise coming from it wasn't "Clean" so to speak.

    http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=k2y9...8#.VCLWEvldVHX

    I've had someone tell me it's a bad fan bearing, which could go some way to explain why the PSU fan ramps up like crazy under load when things are getting hot.

    Thoughts?
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  • #2
    I've had that PSU for a few years now and its been great for me, dead silent so I presume yours simply has a bad fan bearing. Sounds like it.

    I'd look into getting it replaced. If that's not possible, it's fairly easy to replace a PSU fan. Will invalidate the warranty though.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Lorem-Ipsum View Post
      I've had that PSU for a few years now and its been great for me, dead silent so I presume yours simply has a bad fan bearing. Sounds like it.

      I'd look into getting it replaced. If that's not possible, it's fairly easy to replace a PSU fan. Will invalidate the warranty though.
      Yeah I don't think I noticed it when I first installed it, due to the fact I put the fan facing into the case, meaning I couldn't hear it during usage.

      Bought from here so will have to give Aria's support a go!
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      • #4
        Agreed, it sounds like a fan bearing.

        Aria are generally very good with their RMA service, for what it's worth.
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        • #5
          Yeah, just hope they dont pass it on to XFX
          Originally posted by jointhedotz
          I admit it, it's so damn good! following Alan on the downs, just getting a feel

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chaz View Post
            Yeah, just hope they dont pass it on to XFX
            Gaben be with me!
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            • #7
              subbed to watch later with sound
              Originally posted by Aaron
              I want those sweet cherries

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              • #8
                yup, sounds like a bearing, only other thing i've heard sound like that has been a sticker on a fan lifting and catching the air, before then catcing on the grill causing that noise, how does it sound/behave when it powers down ?

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                • #9
                  More importantly, does the noise stop when you manually stop the fan? I forgot to post that. If you jam the fan so it doesn't spin at all for a few seconds, what happens? Note: Do NOT push something far into it, just enough to stop the fan from spinning, ideally at start up when the fan isn't moving to begin with.
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                  • #10
                    I think i know where he's going with this, but i'm not sure of the methodology in the testing

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                    • #11
                      It's merely to determine whether it's the fan or another part of the PSU making that noise.

                      I'm 99% confident that it is the fan, though.
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                      • #12
                        i'm 99% certain pain involving a finger is likely to be the result of this test

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                        • #13
                          Don't be silly, something like a pen would be my first choice. Something that will not conduct electricity!
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                          • #14
                            can't imagine which other part of the PSU might make that noise, sure as hell isn't like any coil whine i've heard, and too high a frequency to be transformer related, and too uniform to be capacitor related, similar thoughts to coil whine, weakest part of some seasonic units is the fan, they'd be better off using bequiet silent wings

                            LOL yes, a pen would be my choice too, but you just never know with people these days !!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TheMadDutchDude View Post
                              More importantly, does the noise stop when you manually stop the fan? I forgot to post that. If you jam the fan so it doesn't spin at all for a few seconds, what happens? Note: Do NOT push something far into it, just enough to stop the fan from spinning, ideally at start up when the fan isn't moving to begin with.

                              THIS!

                              Insert pen, turn on PC, is noise gone?
                              Originally posted by Aaron
                              I want those sweet cherries

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