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#1 McKay

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:37

I have Windows installed on a Samsung 840 Evo SSD, and randomly when it comes under load it will let out a split second whining sound, audible when through the case. Things like emptying the recycle bin can trigger it, also opening tabs on Chrome occasionally do it. 

 

I thought there are no components in an SSD capable of making sound? Is this normal?




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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:58

Pretty sure it's not the SSD. Like you said, nothing in it can produce sound. By any chance do you have watercooling? I know my H100i can make that sort of sound if it's dead silent in the room every so often.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:01

Pretty sure it's not the SSD. Like you said, nothing in it can produce sound. By any chance do you have watercooling? I know my H100i can make that sort of sound if it's dead silent in the room every so often.

 

No watercooling no, just a split second high pitched whine from the front of the tower where the drives are located, when something accesses the drive after it's been inactive for a while.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:08

its not possible for it to be the SSD

 

another other drives at all in there?



#5 Brian M.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:15

It's probably a capacitor or something within the SSD.

One of my 840's had a whiney capacitor, the noise stopped after a month or so for some reason.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:20

... just a split second high pitched whine from the front of the tower where the drives are located

 

 

Is there an extra cooling fan located there ?

 

It could be dirty/bad.

 

Some info here:

 

http://forums.anandt...d.php?t=2362022

 

yeah if I leave it idle there is a constant noise but when it works I can hear variations.
Also when I'm changing settings in samsung magician (like disabling RAPID) the noise stops.

 

UPDATE: RMAed it and got a new one, I still hear whistling. It must be the PSU that doesn't like two hard drives.

It's the motherboard that's doing the noise.
p7p55d

 



#7 articuno1au

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:21

Was going to say, it could be the SSD; it's highly unlikely though.

 

I'd be more inclined to suggest it was capacitor whine from CPU/GPU/Motherboard.

 

Not sure how you could narrow it down though.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:25

It is perfectly possible for it to be the SSD, not sure why people are saying otherwise.

 

If you can reproduce it I would recommended getting a replacement for the drive just to be on the safe side. It may be nothing but I can imagine it is annoying more than anything else.

 

I have a laptop which made an annoying high pitch noise when the battery was changing, turned out to be a small fault in the connector. Got it replaced and the noise went away. More than likely the same kind of thing here. Sometimes a capacitor can make annoying sounds such as this.



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 10:29

My old Intel 520 SSD made the same noise under load. I thought it was my power supply or video card. Intel replaced the drive after I swapped both the GPU and PSU and the problem still persisted. Once I installed the new drive, whine was gone.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:55

In order to have sound, something has to be moving & SSD have no moving parts...

So, can it be a bad electrical component ? 



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 20:13

^ Quartz and other crystals can generate noises.

 

just saying



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 20:22

It's probably a capacitor or something within the SSD.

One of my 840's had a whiney capacitor, the noise stopped after a month or so for some reason.

You probably have one less capacitor in there.  :laugh:



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 20:28

The noise is almost certainly a capacitor.  This sort of thing is more common in PSUs and GPUs, but I guess it's a possibility in a SSD.

 

It probably won't be something to be super concerned about (more annoying than anything), but it's probably something that you could file an RMA for.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 20:39

Yes ssds can make a high pitched noise

 

My old 120gb Samsung evo did before I replaced it with a 512gb one

 

I think it's one of the chips inside doing it



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 20:51

it is actually possible for it to be the SSD, if there is a failing part it can make a very high pitched squeal... I've heard it a lot in electronics with high frequency data transfer when something isn't right... usually it's caused on a power supply with a bad ground, but that is just one case

 

it's creating a pizo electic type effect and vibrating really fast to make that squeal