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Old 10-10-10, 08:04 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Weird PSU buzzing


Hey all. I've become more recently aware of an irritating buzz coming from the back of my PSU. My sig shows all my specs, and I know my PSU isn't nearly loaded, so I'm wondering what is causing this. I haven't had any signs of stability issues, so I think(?) its not dying. The noise is slightly less when I turn the computer off, and is gone when I flip the power switch to off on the back of the PSU. Anyone have any insight?

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Old 10-10-10, 08:36 PM   #2
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Corsair says that high efficiency PSUs seem to develop this buzzing noise? I have no idea if there is any truth to their statement.

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Old 10-10-10, 08:52 PM Thread Starter   #3
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Interesting. I tried lowering my CPU voltage, and that seems to lower the buzzing, so I'll just keep it a bit lower for now.

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Old 10-31-10, 10:16 PM   #4
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All the wonderful input i can give is that, its most likely the electricity your hearing, think of a transformer or and old appliance, they buzz because they are not insulated well (at least i think so).
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Old 11-01-10, 06:14 AM   #5
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because that is how they work. the AC is always humming, and "Switching" conversions and regulations Buzz & hiss. the more power you use the more you will hear it. assuming you can hear anything over the roar of fans. Meaning they are always Doing switching.

if parts are not properly clamped down or comming lose this noise could get louder
if things are dying inside internally they could get louder then give out
if the thing is being pushed to the limit all the time, it is more likely to fail over time.
if certain parts are failing , other parts can be worked more, like if a cap is failing a torrid choke it was cleaning up after will make more noise, stuff like that.

Many GPU conversion and regulation curcuits Hiss from the digitial switching power regulations too, usually it is when it is loaded, and you have to be able to hear it over thier obnoxious fans.
on one GPU board i got the fans quiet by adapting in mondo fans, then i get to hear the hissing power curcuits instead.
Non-digital switching ones didnt have the noise, and some digital switching ones they cleaned up the noise using various tricks, like sealing coils, or using different/more parts.

I would worry about it WHEN:
it gets louder than it originally did when using the SAME ammount of power that you had before.
If i suddenly heard it and it never made that sound before , and i had checked
If a Capacitor is bulging or the top is splitting or in any way looking defective
If when you check the Power comming out it is wrong, or dirty
If many other users report that it Fails, but do Not report that it makes noise
if this is the first time you used that much power, it might be normal but you might be pushing it too.
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Old 11-05-10, 04:55 AM   #6
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same here,
buzzing when idle and load..what happen? is capacitor almost damage?
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Old 11-06-10, 07:41 PM   #7
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How loud is the PSU? I just replaced my Corsair unit due to it getting to just over 3 years f age. Power supplies do degrade over time. I just prefer not to risk my other components so I replaced it.

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Old 11-08-10, 08:30 PM Thread Starter   #8
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The PSU is fairly quiet. It hasn't done it for a few days. Its just intermittently goes on and off, with no rhyme or reason. Its not very frequent though, and a shutdown will sometimes fix it.

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