Even if gamers represent the bulk of buyers, based on the feedback on the buzzy units here, they'd have to be deaf not to hear it, right?
I'm not sure that's entirely fair
. I for one (and I've seen others too) have stated repeatedly that I am sensitive to high pitch and to noise in general and noise that people can cope with or can't really hear or aren't bothered by, to me may be unacceptable, it may annoy the hell out of me to extents that I can't work at the PC. I'm a freak. I'm not the only one but the/our problem is that we are still a minority for a retailer or manufacturer.
Also, a lot of these units are sold in the US. I twice mentioned a possible different behaviour of the HX520 when on UK 220V or US 110V and gave a possible explanation - any feedback on that from Corsair? Just out of curiosity, Stormy
, are you on 110V?
Also, and please forgive me if the following sounds inappropriate, it is understandable to defend your own reviews and recommendations. However it seems a bit odd that a few posts back you seem to recognize there is/could be a problem with the HXs and would try and speak with your contacts and now, after apparently speaking with them, your opinions seem to have changed: you recommend buying it without worrying about possible whine/buzz because chances of that are really very low and the people reporting buzz/whine in this thread are just a handful and have just been unlucky (bluntly put), and have managed to get a thread to ~150 replies long which can be misleading as there are actually few complaints. It may be true, it could be that all of us (and the ones at the Corsair forums) have just been unlucky and that there is absolutely no problem out of the ordinary. It just seems like you are trying to make whatever problem there is/could be go away by saying there is really no problem. It could also just be because I had a really bad day
I just might get a 3rd HX520. Two in a row bought from eBuyer in the UK had the exact same tick at very low loads (<60W) and the exact same high pitch whine (a bit chirping) omnipresent, independed of load. tested in 3 different households in different locations. I just can't call that bad luck just yet (the S12 doesn't have any of that but has other buzzing). In fact, if the Nexus NX-8050 that should arrive next week has noise or fan ramping issues, I will order a 3rd HX520.
Well I tried the theory on mine, unplugged the all the P180 fans and put my fingers on the HIS X1900XT IceQ3 ...
Incidently, mine also doesnt "tick" at low load. I tested the PSU out of the case before I took it all to bits
Do you mean you have short-circuit the two pins on the atx connector to start it with no load on the PSU (i.e. nothing connected to it)? I would be surprised if it didn't tick. Otherwise, that X1900XT can never get you to the "low-load" level the ticking appears. I heard that tick when the load on the PSU is below 50-60W (DC). With the 1900XT, you may approach 100W, depending on your CPU (and other stuff it powers). Above 80-90W it doesn't tick. At least the two I tested didn't.