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    Maximus VIII Hero noisy board clicks/pops

    Let me start right away by saying that I am 100% sure the clicking/popping noises I am hearing are not coming from fans, hard drives or my power supply. I have tested the whole system outside the case with no spinning drives connected, no case fans connected to the board, using onboard video just to eliminate the video card fan and with a close ear to the very slow spinning cpu fan. Apparently this board has something called a de-pop relay for the onboard sound and may also have some sort of relay for the surge protection the board has built into it. When I turn the system on or off, when I reboot and sometimes when a load is on the system like running Valley benchmark for example, the board will make a somewhat load click/pop sound. It is not a continuous clicking or a sustained duration sound, just 1 single click at a time and a very short sound like a tenth of a second maybe. Perhaps it is nothing to worry about, but I'm very concerned because I googled everything I could think of and find no information about this anywhere online. Does anyone have any idea what is going on here?

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    Mine does the same. The sound card has a relay for switching outputs which makes the pop (it's the white block part that is in bottom left corner of the board) . A Xonar DX soundcard I used to have a few years back used to make the same pop as well when turning the PC on/off.
    Last edited by w4tch0; 10-02-2016 at 07:18 AM.

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    That makes sense, but besides powering on/off/rebooting, it occasionally does it at other times. When I've run some graphics benchmarks like Time Spy for example, it has done it once in awhile.

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    The same here.Sometimes its a popping sound or clicking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FonzieBulldog View Post
    The same here.Sometimes its a popping sound or clicking.
    Started when the board was new or later? For me, it's been this way since it was new.

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    I've only had it click when turning on, off, or switching between speaker outputs in the back and headphone output on my case. These are all normal relay switch clicks.
    If it's clicking at other times, it COULD be a protective switch kicking in to manage voltage/current spikes. If it's not that frequent and there's no issue with sound output I wouldn't worry too much, but if it clicks all the time and your sound is cutting out then something might be wrong with the onboard sound card.

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    I honestly don't like this relay being present on the board and can't recall being unhappy with previous boards that didn't have it. If these noises are simply a symptom of product defect and if a properly functioning relay isn't this noisy, then normally I would just rma, but thankfully, the issue for me is pretty minor honestly.

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    ever resolve your issue? having same problem

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    there are either two relays
    01 onboard audio
    02 surge protection
    you have to disable both in bios and click noise disappear.

    or they both use the same relay.

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