Hey Logan, Wendell, Qain, Pistol, and the rest of the Tek Syndicate community :)
I have a Sapphire HD7870 GHz Edition that's about 4 months old and it recently started making some weird noises. In games when the fan starts spinning fast, there is a weird vibrating noise that comes from the video card (I can't really describe it, so if need-be I'll take a video of it).
Anyway, it seems the problem only occurs when the GPU is within a certain load and fan speed range. In Furmark, the noise will be present for about 10 seconds, but once the load reaches 100% and the fans reach higher speeds, the noise disappears. Also note that I can't recreate the sound just by raising the fan speed in MSI Afterburner.
Last night I opened my case while gaming to try and find a solution. Pressing on the plastic housing around the fan stopped the noise. Then the second I removed pressure, the sound started again.
Is this a problem I should be concerned about? Like the fan hitting something? Or is the noise just plastic vibrating?