AMD just can't seem to catch a break. First, its 300 series cards were discovered to be mostly made up of re-branded 200 series GPUs (many of which were re-branded 7000 series chips from 2011). Then the performance of the Fury X fell short of Nvidia's GTX 980 Ti. And now that seem liquid-cooled card is suffering from annoying, persistent pump whine issues.
Cards from AMD have been know to run hotter than Nvidia's alternative in recent years, and as such they often have louder coolers. However, many people hoped that the new generation of HBM sporting cards would be more efficient, and thanks to the use of in-built water cooling, quieter too. It turns out that that's not been the case.
These concerned appeared in some reviews, as some outlets noticed high levels of noise from the Fury X's pump. AMD quelled these concerns by saying the problem was merely an early batch of samples sent out to reviewers. It assured everyone else that whine was unlikely to be heard in retail cards. However, further tests from the likes of PC Perspective suggest that retail versions of the cards may have been affected, too.
AMD has since updated its response to state that some retail cards were also affected by this first batch which had the slightly noisy pump, but that in the future that should not be the case. While this does sound like back-peddling, it isn't exactly clear which cards were tested in the follow up trials, so it may be that the problematic batch ended up supplying both of the tested cards.
Have any of you ordered one of the new cards from AMD? If you're on the fence about it, do the new claims over pump whine make you want to change your mind?