Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5970
Catalyst Version: 13.4
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Power Supply: 800watt
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 3200mhz 6 Core
For about a year, I've been occasionally having a grinding noise from my graphics card when the card became particularly hot (which I'd assumed was the fan), and went away for several cooler months of the year. Hotter temperatures caused it to return, but keeping the house cool often kept the issue away for not more than several minutes. The noise will go away several seconds after minimizing a game window no matter how persistent and loud it had been.
Very recently, the noise has gotten worse and much more common. I removed the card previously to check for any kind of apparent damage or loose parts and did so again to see if the fan was exceptionally dusty. I also used my finger to stop the fan several minutes ago during a loud patch and noticed NO change in the noise, prompting me to consider asking more about it since my assumption seems to have been wrong.
This last week, I've been experiercing major framerate drops in World of Warcraft (normally I'd run 50-60fps manually capped at 60 fps, but now it's ~15-20fps), though performance in Final Fantasy 14 and Civilization 5 seems about normal. This morning, it's just going crazy with the noise during FF14, no performance issues of note, but the noise is fairly constant.
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