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XG Station Pro extreme coil whine with Nvidia GPUs
 

XG Station Pro extreme coil whine with Nvidia GPUs  

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Just received my XG station pro today. So far, I've tried three cards in it: A FE 1080ti, a MSI 2070 Gaming Z, and a RX 580 Pulse. Both Nvidia cards have no coil whine when tested in my desktop PC. However, they both emit a very loud very high-pitched noise at idle when in the XG Station. The 580 has no such noise when in the XG Station. This happens with and without any external monitors attached, and happens under load as well. I've tried plugging the XG Station directly into the wall, into a surge suppressor, and into a UPS, all with no change. Has anyone else experienced coil whine with the XG station pro? What are my options short RMA/of trying a different enclosure?

Thinkpad P51, Asus XG Station Pro, RTX 2070 Gaming Z


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OliverB
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This is unheard of. Why would a GPU have different coil whine depending on the enclosure? You are sure it's coil whine?
@itsage did you every encountered this phenomena?

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(@connor_b_)
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Posted by: OliverB

This is unheard of. Why would a GPU have different coil whine depending on the enclosure? You are sure it's coil whine?
@itsage did you every encountered this phenomena?

I can't quite tell if the coil whine is from the GPU or from the enclosure itself, but it sounds like it's from the GPU. The PSU is external for the XG station, and there's no noise from the PSU. If it's not coil whine, something else is making a very similar noise

Thinkpad P51, Asus XG Station Pro, RTX 2070 Gaming Z


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itsage
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I have tried plenty of GPUs inside the ASUS XG Station Pro. Don’t recall I ever heard a noise that could be described as coil whine.

@connor_b_ Are the Nvidia driver versions the same both on your Desktop and laptop that connects to the XG Station Pro?

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(@connor_b_)
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@itsage yes, they should all be the latest versions of the Nvidia drivers. The 1080ti mainly lives in my server, and I've never noticed coil whine there either. I just tried recording it, but it seems the noise is too high-pitched for my phone to pick it up.

Thinkpad P51, Asus XG Station Pro, RTX 2070 Gaming Z


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itsage
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It’s possible this is related to the 12V draw of the Nvidia GPUs. The power adapter for the XG Station Pro supplies 19.5V to main board. A buck converter steps it down to 12V. Below is a closeup of the main board. See if you can identify where the noise comes from.

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(@connor_b_)
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It seems like there are two sources of the noise, a slightly louder one at the back around the power stage mosfet and one at the front around the inductor/filtering caps. I could very well be wrong about the one from the front, and it could just be a weird echo of the one from the back though.

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itsage
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If you can determine the noise comes from the XG Station Pro‘s main board, it’s best to exchange it for a new unit.

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