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H60 2013 Edition causing loud high pitched buzzing


striker33

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Hello,

 

I have taken delivery of a Corsair H60 cooler purchased here in the UK today. Unfortunately after installation I have noticed a loud, medium/high pitched buzzing sound emitting from the cooler area. After further investigation, I have concluded that the buzzing is coming from either the mounting bracket, screw caps, backplate, or a combination of them all.

 

Thus far I have only managed to reduce the buzzing, by loosening the screw caps, but this has also caused an increase in temperatures and the buzzing still exists. I can reduce the buzzing to a low humming noise by pressing all four caps down into the motherboard with a lot of pressure, which could indicate that the backplate is vibrating against the motherboard itself, but I am still unsure.

 

Is this a common issue? Or is there an easy fix available? My first instinct was to RMA back to the supplier, but the fix may be as simple as adding thin strips of double sided foam to the backplate in order to try and suppress the vibrations.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Thanks for the help guys ;):

 

Somewhat fixed the issue as shown in the image. But now I have a noise that is even worse, which resonates through everything.

 

Ive come to the conclusion that unless your rig is noisy, or made out of foam, the H60 pump just sucks. Unless I've got a dud.

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What kind of noise are you getting? rattling noise? high pitch noise? the way you put those papers (tissue?) look like your getting the noise behind the board.. is that right? Try connecting the fans directly to the MB fan header and see if that changes anything. If its a pump noise, then it could be air trapped in the unit, which is not uncommon in new coolers - you just have to run it for couple of days to bleed it out.
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  • 3 weeks later...

I have the same problem, a high pitched noise that seems akin to a squeaky faucet running in another room. It is not too loud, and only occurs when the CPU is under load, but my case is quite quiet and I sit close to it which makes it noticeable.

 

As I write this I feel a headache coming on, it's that kind of screeching sound, the kind that slowly pinches at your ears. Anyway, it's late and I apologize for the rambling, I came here to say that I have the same problem as you yet I have an AMD CPU which is not mounted with a backplate, so I thought I'd throw in that information. We may be having similar problems that are unrelated, but it seemed so similar that I felt it worthy of creating an account to add that.

 

Did you find any solutions that worked? I read elsewhere that it could possible be air stuck in the tubing and that it just needs to run a few days. I've had this for about two weeks now, so I don't think that's it but perhaps it takes more time.

 

Edit: Oh, I reread my post and feel I came off a little unappreciative (and crazy, I didn't read that elsewhere I read it in the post above mine, what am I thinking?). This cooler is brilliant, it keeps my CPU idle at 7 C, and never tops 40 under full load (usually 32 when gaming). If I up my case fans up to a higher speed then they almost act as a mute or damper but the screeching is still there. I may be able to record this sound if that would be of any help.

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Those are very good temps. Have you tried laying down the case on its side and see if the noise goes away? One thing that I would check is the pump's rpm and see where it is ranging at. Go to your BIOS and check the pump's rpm and let me know what it is.
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Ha, forgot I posted this when the sound stopped. It's been running quietly for the last couple days, temperatures staying very cool. It must have been simply air trapped in the tubing as I did not lay the machine on it's side and just kept using it normally and it eventually went away.

 

Thanks

 

edit: actually my CPU apparently hasn't reached full load the last couple weeks. I ran F@H for a few minutes and the sound came back, it's fainter now but still there. I will try laying the case on it's side and report back.

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Well this is embarrassing...it wasn't the H60 at all. Turns out it was my graphics card. The only reason I thought it was the CPU cooler was because I only noticed it when I ran Folding@Home which stressed both my CPU and GPU. I was so used to not having a graphics card that it didn't even occur to me and it wasn't until I laid the computer flat and recorded the sound that I realized it was from the CPU at all. Turned off the GPU core in F@H and the sound went away almost instantly, turned it back on and the sound returned in less than a minute.

 

I don't know if this was the problem that striker33 experienced as well, though.

 

 

Edit: Looked into this further and the sound I was hearing was indeed from my GPU. It is called coil noise or colloquially as coil whine, quite frustrating and now I know to look for a card with a non-reference board with good dampers for the future. Anyway, I don't hear the sound during gaming only when running benchmarks or Folding@Home.

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