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    Maximus VIII Audio popping Onboard and Soundblaster Z

    Alright so I've read that the Maximus HERO VIII has static issues so I started using my soundblaster Z and it seems to still be happening somehow.. I use the Hyper X cloud cores could this have anything to do with it? It only happens with certain sounds like before i play a song on spotify and discord.. and even with certain sounds in games.

    I've read up on forums and I've tried all the work around to no avail. I've also used LatencyMon and didnt see much of a spike in the latency..

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    I'm using a Soundblaster z on my Maximus VIII Hero and I've not noticed any popping noises.

    The soundblaster z has a dedicated headphone port to drive headphones - may be worth connecting the headset to that port alone to see if the popping still occurs.

    I've placed my soundcard in the bottom PCI express slot to keep it as far away from 'noisy' hardware as possible. The soundblaster z usually has a metallic shield around it which is supposed to help reduce background electronic noise from being amplified.

    May be worth you swapping the card to a different slot.

    Are you running the latest BIOS for the board? if not, you could trying updating.

    The final thing I can think of is if the popping noise was happening with on board sound and again with the dedicated sound card, it could be an issue with the headset. May be worth trying a different set of headphones to see if you can still hear the popping noise.

    Hope this helps.

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    tried multiple headsets including hyper x cloud core, hyper x cloud alpha, and sennheiser game zeros. Card is on the bottom PCIe slot and my Graphics card is in the top PCIe slot

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    and i also have updated BIOS, the sound isnt extremely bothersome.. but its there and its annoying. especially since i spent so much on my pc lately.

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    it mostly only happens when a sound suddenly cuts out or starts to play if that makes sense.

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    MotherboardAsus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
    ProcessorIntel Skylake 6700k 4.0GHz
    Memory (part number)G.Skill 2x 8GB DDR4
    Graphics Card #1Asus STRIX 1080 Ti
    MonitorBenQ XL2411
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Pro, 840 Pro, M.2 840 Evo
    Storage #22x 1TB WD Black
    CPU CoolerCorsair H60
    CaseCorsair Carbide 300R
    Power SupplyEVGA 850 Modular
    Mouse Swiftpoint The Z
    Headset Logitech G240
    Mouse Pad Swiftpoint The Z Mouse Pad
    Headset/Speakers 5.1 Logitech Surround Z506
    OS Windows 10 Pro, version 1703
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    All drivers up to date? I had the popping issue when sound started or ended. There was a issue with a version of the intel ethernet LAN drivers. Make sure all is up to date, which I would think you've verified it already.

    This board has given me nothing but audio issues since day 1 and I've tried it all. It seems like it's fine now.

    Reinstall all realtek/audio software. Use revouninstaller and delete EVERYTHING pertaining to it, and reinstall the audio driver from the support page. Also doesn't hurt to grab a audio driver off of the Microsoft Update Catalog. I'm using one off there that doesn't give me audio issues like the motherboard drivers from Asus do.

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    well thats the thing im using a dedicated sound card and still have the same issue, so it shouldnt have anything to do with realtek unless its program interference?

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    and also i updated the LAN driver we'll see what happens, thanks for the tip!

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Vinny1001 PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
    ProcessorIntel Skylake 6700k 4.0GHz
    Memory (part number)G.Skill 2x 8GB DDR4
    Graphics Card #1Asus STRIX 1080 Ti
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    CPU CoolerCorsair H60
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    Mouse Swiftpoint The Z
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    There still could be an issue that another driver is causing, whether it's related to another driver, software, or simply causing DPC latency (Which I know you checked).

    Be sure you have the latest from Intel. Just verify the correct version for your OS: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/pro...nection-I218-V

    Back when I first got my Z170 board, there was a time where someone said how the Intel LAN driver was causing the issue and was a known issue. As soon as I updated it, the pops went away. To quickly check this, replicate your issue, then disable any Wifi or LAN drivers, and then try to replicate again. Or just update the driver.

    Also check MEI drivers. Check all drivers!!! Sometimes people mention some CPU settings in BIOS cause issues. May be worth checking online more. Eist or speedstep I've read.

    Check if you have anti virus on/off, sometimes those can get in the way.

    Question... how long did you let LatencyMon run for? Let it run for 30 minutes, then play on your computer, try to reproduce the audio issues while it's running, and check for any indications of audio issues. It should find something.

    Otherwise I'd say backup every critical file/game saves etc, and reinstall Win10 carefully and install one driver at a time, check for audio issues for half a day or a full day, try to reproduce it, then install the next driver, rinse and repeat.

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