What's that sound - it's not a drive?

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    What's that sound - it's not a drive?


    Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10, I hear a high pitched squeal coming from my PC. I only have 2 SSDs - no mechanical drives. The sound only occurs when I am using the machine. It is especially noticeable when I'm doing a backup (like 2 hours).

    The sound varies when using the internet with Chrome. When I go to a site, the squeal continues for a while after loading a page (maybe writing cookies). It will stop immediately if I close Chrome.

    This may seem petty, but it gets annoying after a while. Can you identify this sound? And can you help me eliminate it?

    Thanks.
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    Forgive the obvious question- what happens when you kill sound from your PC - using the volume icon in your tray? Do you still hear it?

    If you look at your task manager, process view, is there anything you see that correlates with the noise?
    And if you look at the performance tab, does it correlate with activity on any particular disk? (Assuming your backup is to an external HDD)

    In particular, does resource usage change when using Chrome?

    Please post any screenshots of interest, using the Insert Image icon above your post. Thanks.

    Have you considered it might be a fan? You may be able to see what various fans are doing. Perhaps correlate with temperature sensors using e.g. HWInfo (free)
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    1. what happens when you kill sound from your PC - using the volume icon in your tray? Do you still hear it?
    The sound does not change with the volume - sound is not from the speaker

    2. does resource usage change when using Chrome?
    Yes. New tab increases disk usage - as expected. Sometimes I hear the noise increase as I scroll thru pages.

    3. Have you considered it might be a fan?
    Yes. But, there is no sign to indicate that it is. With an ear to the case, I can't isolate the sound. Attached is screen dump of temperature and fan speed.

    Maybe someone will see a connection.

    thanks.
    What's that sound - it's not a drive? Attached Files
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    You'll have a better chance of locating it if you take the case off. You may also then be able to disconnect fans in turn. There may be others than the main fans in your case.

    You might be able to use Speedfan to identify which, if any, it is. It's supposed to allow to some measure of control of fan speeds.
    SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer
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    I have one Desktop computer with an add-in PCIe X16 video card with a fan on it, it sets up a 'squeal' when the heatsink fins become plugged up, more frequent cleaning is necessary than for other computers I use. There's no performance problems with it so for that reason alone it's a backup computer or for guests.
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    Are you using a discrete GPU or are you using onboard graphics? If you run a benchmark (e.g. Home ) to fully load the CPU or GPU do you hear the sound change?
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    I got a high pitched sound from the EVGA GeForce GTX 750 I purchased. Returned it for another which had a similar but not as loud, sound. After awhile it went away or I got used to it. Caused by some kind of resonance from the wire wrapped coils on the card.
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    I am using only onboard graphics. Intel i5-8400
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    Open the case. Stop each fan momentarily (finger or pencil will work) to see if the noise goes away.
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  10. Berton's Avatar
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    PolarNettles said: View Post
    Are you using a discrete GPU or are you using onboard graphics? If you run a benchmark (e.g. Home ) to fully load the CPU or GPU do you hear the sound change?
    Must be discrete, it's an add-in PCIe X16 video card.
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