Just because they don't advertise it that doesn't mean it's not defective.
It is defective if it falls below the standard that a normal person would expect.
That's what I managed with this undervolting , K-boost desktop
0.9V +174MHz offset, 61C at 30% fan speed, 20% TDP
1.161V, 74C at 30% fan speed, 30% TDP
non-k boost + rattle 7%TDP, voltage 0.875V, temp 40C at 30% but it sometimes goes to P2 or P5 state where its TDP raised 2x.
Ideally I would like to lock the card at P2 or p5 performance level but I haven't found a tool that can do that.
They can send me back the same card, they didn't specify idle noise, the card works. They can turn that RMA down, lots of Titans have coil noises, a lot of people have similar problems with rattling Titans. And it's not like it's a very loud rattle, I heard way worse coil noises, my previous 7970s both had an absurd coil noise that made my ears hurt, that rattle is very mild in comparison. But 7970s coil noise was at load and this card rattles at idle, and I can manage that with K-Boost. With this strange undervolting trick I don't loose that much. I have a very bad luck with silicon lottery. As of late every computer product I buy turns out to be a dud. The last non-duds products I had was my Core 2 Duo E6400@3.6GHz and 5870s@1GHz, email@example.comGHz was also par for the course. My current CPU is defective, it acts just like IB or HW. The temp ramps up very quickly and I'm thermaly limited with Noctua NH-D14. BTW it provided no improvement over my zalman CNPS10X. Maybe I should lap it or sell it and buy 2600/2700K or 3770K depending on price. I'll probably do the latter, but I don't know if I can sell it with warranty intact because I used IC DIAMOND and that paste leave scratch marks
I haven't inspected how badly it scratched my CPU yet.Frankly I'm more pissed that my card can only be stable at +50MHz offset in all games and benchmarks I throw at it then the rattle since I don't lose that much, 50W idle(radeon 4870 days
) instead of 20W idle. Good that it happens at idle and not at load since that would pretty much render the card useless.
What's interesting is that all of the games and benchmarks I tested are stable at +130MHz offset except for metro last light.