High pitch sound inside pc when playing gpu intensive games

Hi all. I would like if anyone can help me figure out a concern I have. When I play a game that can be considered gpu intensive the computer starts making a beep sound. It comes from inside the desktop and I suspect it may be the graphic card but I am not sure. I have a AMD RYZEN 7 3700X cpu and a Radeon XFX Rx 5700 XT gpu. I found that if a run the game with MANGOHUD activated in steam the sound does not happens. But with downloaded or run in Lutris games mangohud manages to make it intermittent.


Kernel: 5.9.11-3-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM
Distro: Manjaro Linux
Type: Desktop Mobo: ASRock model: X570 Steel Legend serial:
UEFI: American Megatrends v: P2.20 date: 11/26/2019
Info: 8-Core model: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Zen 2
L2 cache: 4096 KiB
flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
bogomips: 115247
Speed: 2200 MHz min/max: 2200/3600 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2199
2: 2197 3: 2196 4: 2200 5: 2201 6: 2198 7: 2193 8: 2200 9: 2200 10: 2200 11: 2198
12: 2202 13: 2198 14: 2200 15: 2200 16: 2200
Device-1: AMD Navi 10 [Radeon RX 5600 OEM/5600 XT / 5700/5700 XT] vendor: XFX Pine
driver: amdgpu v: kernel bus ID: 10:00.0 chip ID: 1002:731f
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: amdgpu,ati
unloaded: modesetting,radeon alternate: fbdev,vesa resolution: 2560x1440~144Hz
s-dpi: 96
renderer: AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (NAVI10 DRM 3.39.0 5.9.11-3-MANJARO LLVM 11.0.0)
v: 4.6 Mesa 20.2.3 direct render: Yes
Device-1: AMD Navi 10 HDMI Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 10:00.1
chip ID: 1002:ab38
Device-2: AMD Starship/Matisse HD Audio vendor: ASRock driver: snd_hda_intel
v: kernel bus ID: 12:00.4 chip ID: 1022:1487
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.9.11-3-MANJARO
Device-1: Intel I211 Gigabit Network vendor: ASRock driver: igb v: kernel
port: f000 bus ID: 08:00.0 chip ID: 8086:1539
IF: enp8s0 state: down mac:
Device-2: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: f000
bus ID: 0a:00.0 chip ID: 8086:2526
IF: wlp10s0 state: up mac:
Device-3: Intel Wireless-AC 9260 Bluetooth Adapter type: USB driver: btusb
bus ID: 1-3:4 chip ID: 8087:0025
IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: down mac:
IF-ID-2: virbr0-nic state: down mac:
Local Storage: total: 2.29 TiB used: 899.28 GiB (38.4%)
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Intel model: SSDPEKNW512G8 size: 476.94 GiB
speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: rev: 002C scheme: GPT
ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WD20EZAZ-00GGJB0 size: 1.82 TiB
speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 5400 rpm serial: rev: 0A80 scheme: GPT
ID-1: / size: 459.50 GiB used: 254.38 GiB (55.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.80 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2
dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3
System Temperatures: cpu: 58.1 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 53.0 C mem: 56.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: amdgpu fan: 716
Processes: 399 Uptime: 2h 13m Memory: 15.56 GiB used: 3.28 GiB (21.1%)
Init: systemd v: 246 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: 1749 pacman: 1724 flatpak: 15
snap: 10 Shell: Bash v: 5.0.18 running in: konsole inxi: 3.1.08

Some links I found while researching that may help but I am not sure:

reddit discussion

on nvidia discussion

discussion at steamcommunity

Mangohub website

That’s usually a sign temps are too high. The first thing I’d do would be to go to the BIOS and check the temp thresholds. Maybe they are too low.

Another hypothesis is the motherboard getting too hot due to the GPU. This happened to me when I bought a 2nd handed RX 470 and inserted it in my old ASUS P5G41T-M LE with a Q9650 CPU. I had to cut the case so the GPU would fit. When I started to push it, I noticed CPU temps were fine, GPU temps were fine, but the motherboard was getting way too hot. I had to insert two extra fans (one inflow + one outflow), connect them together to a controller with thermostat inserted between the GPU cooler and it’s processor. Never had problems again.

That kind of beeps are generated by your bios, you should carefully listen to the amount and repetition of those beeps.
Your BIOS documentation should give you information about what a certain combination of beeps means.
These beeps are meant to alert you of serious hardware problems that need immediate attention, so don’t keep playing when that happens and find the reason (meaning) of the beeps and fix it before going on…

So is the motherboard making the sound and not the gpu card? I could not find anything about warning sounds within the motherboards manual.
For clarification, yes I do stop the game as soon as the sound starts happening. In other words there are some games I have not been able to play because of it. I only play them if the mangohud trick works.

What would be a good way (app) to monitor or record the temps so I can confirm this?

I dunno which biosm but perhaps this is helpfull

Beep codes

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Its a Continuous beep sound no repetition. according to that website it may mean

No power, loose card, or short.
But I am not so sure.

I couldn’t find any reference to “short” on that page you linked, but it gave me an idea:

  • Maybe you are alerted of the fact that your graphics card is consuming more power as your power supply is able to provide?
    Did you check the power requirements of the combined devices in your machine with what your power suply is able to provide as total?

I don’t know. Have you run sudo sensors-detect?

Can you record the sound and post it here?

Maybe you are hearing coil whine…

Sorry for the delay. I uploaded the sound recording of 5 seconds in lbry.

When I built the pc the total power was estimated at around 400w and the PSU is 650w.

Unable to open that link, because of advertising or trackers, no sound and just a animated image of sound…

Dropbox - sound pc hardware gaming.m4a - Simplify your life

try that link

Yep that sounds pretty much like your PowerSupply IMHO…

It’s definitely different as what we thought originally coming from the build-in “beeper” because of the title…

My bad English is not my first language. What would be more accurate instead of beep?
Also, what tool is there to monitor the PSU stats and/or idea how to address the issue?

No problem it isn’t my primary language either :wink:
I adjusted the title to better reflect it.
You might, if you have the possibility, try another PSU preferably one with more power.

I had a similar issue with the 2nd handed RX470 I bought. When I inserted the thermostat of the fan controller under the GPU cooler it made a high pitch sound just like that when I pushed it with heavy games or opencl code. The solution was to hang it with plastic tiebacks. The temps of the GPU dropped substantially and I never heard the pitch again.

It seems a mess, but it works perfectly. The plastic tiebacks are not under tension at all, they are quite loose. They are there just to correct the card’s alignment.

@mbb Thats one epic setup! :smiley:

I once had the issue that my power supply (PSU) wasn’t enough for my GPU. So I added another one to test things (bc my screen would just turn black) and then as a temporary measure, until I got a new more powerful one.

If you have second PSU, you could try this as well to see if it fixes things. However I still think it is coil whine. Check this video:

With this method you can try to locate it.

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