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    ROG Member Array Pkalle PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooq! View Post
    To be honest, I have given up any hope for a solution for this issue from Asus, advertising this as premium sound-quality seems to be a big joke and the guys at Asus are having a good laugh about us "believers" on every cigarette break.
    I have settled for the Microsoft drivers and have to use a different soundcard to use my headset for gaming with this "gaming-mobo"...
    I can only agree on that. I have the Viii Hero board also and the microphone input has a LOT static which cannot be removed, neither with windows standard driver nor their own driver from realtek/asus.

    My output is spotless though. But i choose this board ONLY for the "highly recommended" sound and was greatly dissapointed since i use VoIP every day.

    And like a lot of others, i cannot install the asus/realtek sound driver on the new windows update.

    I have had Asus boards with problems before, but after a couple of Gigabytes i thought to myself to go back to Asus, only to be very dissapointed yet again...

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    ROG Enthusiast Array Celador PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooq! View Post
    The most annoying is the pop-sound whenever an audio-channel gets opened plus the truncation of the start of the sounds, the stuttering just happened with normal media, not in-game, but very rarely.
    I've posted this before but unfortunately the threads get buried here since no one is interested in pinning up common issues and solutions. I've managed to fix (i think it can be considered a fix) this issue by uninstalling asus audio drivers, running windows update and letting it install it's own realtek drivers. Right now it's v7836 which was released in May. While it doesn't have Sonic Studio included it does have custom Realtek audio configuration (Realtek HD) and it doesn't have sound channel issue.
    I can also confirm that it worked both pre and post anniversary update.

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    ROG Member Array mooq! PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celador View Post
    I've posted this before but unfortunately the threads get buried here since no one is interested in pinning up common issues and solutions. I've managed to fix (i think it can be considered a fix) this issue by uninstalling asus audio drivers, running windows update and letting it install it's own realtek drivers. Right now it's v7836 which was released in May. While it doesn't have Sonic Studio included it does have custom Realtek audio configuration (Realtek HD) and it doesn't have sound channel issue.
    I can also confirm that it worked both pre and post anniversary update.
    Yes, I can confirm that, too.
    I was a bit scared when Win Update suggested a new audio-driver but I tried it and all is well, no more pops... Win10 Pro 64 Anniversary here, too.

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    ROG Member Array Zforgetaboutit PC Specs
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    Memory (part number)Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x8 GB, 2800 MHz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pkalle View Post
    ... the microphone input has a LOT static which cannot be removed...
    I wonder why more people don't RMA these mobos for replacement in order to get a certified fixed board. If no such thing, then get a refund. I don't use microphones, and am disappointed with the buggy audio output, but tolerate the need for periodic reboots to have temporary OK audio output.

    In the past I've thought about what I'm saying next but never did it. Here goes...

    For the websites which published technical reviews of this mobo, ask

    • If they didn't do it (and say so) in their review, why didn't they test every input/output?
      • If they offer an excuse then let them know about the current PITA audio problems we're discussing here and how skipping due testing is professionally sub-par.

    • Did the ASUS reviewer guide for this mobo even mention microphone testing? Was it expressly forbidden?
    • Can they publish ASUS (et al) reviewer guides?
      • No? Why not? Why the secrecy by ASUS? It's reasonable if ASUS marketing wants to present the mobo in the best light, but if they already knew a significant percentage of mobos had a permanent audio problem and tried to hide it, that's not fair to the Consumer.

    • What was the serial number of the mobo tested?
      • This way we may know which sites are testing the SAME reviewer sample. Knowing the statistical size of the reviewed samples may be useful in making a buying decision.

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    ROG Member Array Zforgetaboutit PC Specs
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    SOLVED: Finally I read this suggestion somewhere: in the BIOS disable all CPU power saving settings. I did that and haven't had a single pop or other audio problem in the last couple of months. I must retract all the other blame I was regrettably assigning. If it isn't already by now, I also wish this solution for my posted audio problem could be in more FAQs in more places.

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    What Ethernet driver version do you have installed?

    Have you checked your latency to see if there is an issue? Use Latency Mon since you have Win10
    http://www.resplendence.com/latencymon
    [Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII] [Samsung 950 Pro 512GB] [G.Skill 2 x 4GB = 8GB] [Asus PG278Q Monitor] [Asus Stryx 980Ti] [Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit]

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    ROG Member Array Zforgetaboutit PC Specs
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    Intel NIC driver.

    LatencyMon is green - PASS.

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    ex-ASUS Employee Array Eleiyas PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zforgetaboutit View Post
    SOLVED: Finally I read this suggestion somewhere: in the BIOS disable all CPU power saving settings. I did that and haven't had a single pop or other audio problem in the last couple of months. I must retract all the other blame I was regrettably assigning. If it isn't already by now, I also wish this solution for my posted audio problem could be in more FAQs in more places.

    Has anyone else tried this?

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    ROG Member Array Zforgetaboutit PC Specs
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    If you're asking me then besides some other forum where I read about this months ago, unfortunately I have no idea.

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    ROG Member Array Zforgetaboutit PC Specs
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    FYI,

    I'm reporting that for a very long time (months, years?) the stuttering problem no longer exists. I can't remember the last time I noticed it. I haven't changed the BIOS firmware in my previous post. I have no hardware changes.

    I kept current with Windows 10, nVidia, and other sundry updates.

    I'm not sure when the current era of long term stability first began, and I can't remember the last time I rebooted to temporarily fix the stuttering.

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