Update: Nevermind, the problem seems worse than before. My very first test on the system was silent. But then when I tried today, the annoying clicking sound returned. This is still an issue (details below). Maybe I have a voltage problem in my system. My PSU is 660W platinum Seagate (wattage calculators show I’ve got a little headroom).
Just in case this affects anyone here.
In most use cases my ASUS TUF Nvidia 3080 (non OC version) worked flawlessly. I started hearing some annoying, intermittent clicking sounds while running Folding@Home workloads (but only certain models). Then, the same noise occurred whenever I would try to run Gaia HQ models.
Everything you’ll find on-line about clicking noises and these and similar cards all suggest this is due to improper fan curves (where they keep clicking off and then on). I quickly ruled that out by manually overriding to 100% fan speed. (The clicking was some kind of electrical relay or capacitor or something) I went back and forth with ASUS service; they weren’t always helpful but they always kept the thread going over a couple months. I eventually just told them that if they can’t “replicate the problem” then there may be something wrong with this specific card. (The faulty card was a Rev A, and I’m unsure about the hardware rev of the replacement)
I RMA’d and they replaced with a different 3080 card that does not have this problem.
If anybody has any questions about the process just ping me.