fantoc1HI guys, 2 days ago I have received the RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra Hybrid card and was shocked at the noise the pump was making from day one. I googled around and found this forum with countless people complaining about the same issue. I only wish I had thought about googling some "possible issues" before buying the card... That noise is unbearable when IDLE (somehow masked when under load) and I won't live with it. I can still return the card and get a refund, but wanted to ask this here before I do as I really like the performance so here it goes (my first post). Before I ask for a refund what are the Options to remedy the situation:I have found the Magnet trick - won't be doing thatI have found that a custom cable that connects it to MOBO, can reduce the pump down and eliminate the noise? Is this proven? If so what cable is it? Is there some details on this?I looked up possible other AOI replacementsIs the EVGA Hybrid Kit that sells separately essentially the same kit that comes with the card? Does it use the same noisy pump or a different pump / revision?Does the Kraken G12 fits this card? If it does how to find out what AIO fits the board?Is there other AIO solutions out there?Is this version of card the same as a Reference card in terms of PCB layout?Then there's a custom water loop, which I don't think I'll be doing?Can anyone shed some light on the above? I am inclined to go with the Kraken G12 if someone can confirm it will fit on this version of card? Possibly with Kraken X42? Is there anything else I can try / have missed? Any and all thoughts are very much appreciated.
DeadlyMercuryI am in same situation, but I was aware about that before I bought and still think that it is a good card.I had asus strix before, but something happened with that. So the easiest solution is to connect pump to motherboard. You need cable that can connect to GPU fan (4pin) and to the fan header on the motherboard. I tried to find some locally - but no luck, so ordered one at amazon and waiting it right now. You can try search local shops or something else. Like that one: I don't know how exactly it works (because still waiting my cable), but understand that pump can be controlled via PWM if it has 4 wires or via voltage if it has 2 or 3 wires. There is video about this fix in this thread:forums.evga.com/Installing-4Pin-PWM-Connector-to-4Pin-Mini-GPU-Fan-Connector-to-reduce-coil-whine-m2992489.aspx Btw check that your pump sounds like in video: sound could be different if you have air in pump, and to run it from pump you need to place radiator above card and also pointed upward like in manual. I tried to play with that and if you place radiator upside down or if you place is under card - air will get in pump really fast and the sound is really horrible :)Also you can contact support and ask them to control pump. They are saying "no you can do that", we all did it :) But maybe, just maybe, someday they will say "ok, we now know that this feature is asked many times, lets do this in new vbios" :)) PCB design is not same, so if you want to watercool it - you need to search waterblock for ftw3, not for reference card. Also I have a question about your card: how radiator fan work on your card? Mine is getting near 100% RPM at 50-52C and I think it is too loud.
fantoc1Thanks guys for your replies.I am going to give the CABLE a try to see how it goes.So for clarification purposesIs this the correct cable that I need - This plugs (small mini gpu side into the GPU header and the larger one into MOBO)? Is this the only modification needed to eliminate the noise?What do you do with the cable that you unplug from the GPU in order to plug the new one in? Never had a GPU open so simply don't know.How do I control the fan that's cooling the VRM's on the card? If possible?Can I control the rad fan at all somehow? Should I be sorted just by getting that one cable? @DeadlyMercury - I had not yet pushed the card hard enough to get the temps more than 48C. Need to run some benchmarks and will let you know what the story with the fan is.
DeadlyMercuryYes, you can control pump with this mod, this is its purpose. I just don't know how to control in in auto based on gpu temp.Noise is much better. Here:www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PvPTQe0cbM I can hear pump under my normal profile and it is loud (if window is closed) under silent profile. Mic is placed inside case near GPU, so you can clearly hear how sound changes and at 50% you can hear both pump and fans (400 rpm). As for me - 60% is silent and 80% is good enough.
Cool GTX@ DeadlyMercury ---> Sorry for the Confusion ... that Post/ Questions was for the OP ---> fantoc1
fantoc1 I can hear it there on that video when the refrigerator type of sound changes, which is what I want as I can't stand it?Are you running it at 60% or 80%?What are the load temps at on these %'s like?
Doctorock@ikeike What store did you buy the card from, and what was the return process like/ what did you tell them? I picked up this card from Newegg and am honestly terrified now that ive found out they do not do refunds/exchanges on opened GPUs, and going by people's descriptions I'm afraid the noise is going to be completely unbearable .
DoctorockOn neweggs site the card is listed as "exchange for identical item only, no refunds" did they say the same thing to you at any point? Also; international shipping? Are you in the EU where there's actual consumer protection laws regarding this stuff?