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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) - Realtek ALC889 Static and Noise Issue

    i still have an old asus mb based pentium 4,and its 100% silent and static free,but it does only have one core and runs at just 2.93mhz, i think the more high frequency components you have installed the more noise you gonna get,as for where you plug in the hd/front panel plug on the mb,they could have picked a worse place,why didnt they put it at the edge towards the front of the case? save having to stretch it across the full length of the mb

    ive seen some sticky back emi shielding tape on ebay i wonder how good it is?
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) - Realtek ALC889 Static and Noise Issue

    Do you have a PCI or older/smaller PCIE card you could test with to rule out the GFX card side of things?

    Also, could you test on a clean install with no drivers/programs loaded, or have you? Does it happen then still as well?

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) - Realtek ALC889 Static and Noise Issue [SOLVED]

    Summary of Attempted Solutions:
    (1) Updated BIOS - FC1
    (2) Fresh Install of Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    (2) Updated Realtek ALC889 Driver - High Definition Audio Codec R2.53
    (3) Installed Third Party Codec (Cole2k or K-Lite)
    (4) Uninstalled All Audio Drivers/Codecs and Reinstalled (Tried w/ and w/out Third Party Codecs)
    (5) Ran DPC Latency Diagnostic Program and Shows No Significant Spikes (DPC Latency Checker)
    (6) Disable C1E, Select Balanced Profile (Windows Power Options), Disabled EIST
    (7) Disconnected, Redirect or Examine Shielding of Front Panel Audio Cable
    (8) Disable Dynamic Energy Software (EasyTune, RivaTurner, etc.)
    (9) Update INF Chipset and LAN Driver
    (10) Swapped USB Peripherals with PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse
    (11) Toggled Off WMP Enhancements and On-Board Audio Enhancements
    (12) Tried Various Audio Settings, Sound Quality 16 bit to 24 bit, Various Frequencies, and Enabling/Disabling/Muting Devices
    (13) Installed Discrete Sound Card (Creative Lab Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium)
    (14) Disabled On-Board Audio, Updated Discrete Sound Card Driver

    RESOLVED 10/16/2010:
    (15) Disabled SLI

    Source for idea:

    Creative Worldwide Support
    Some causes of crackling and popping during sound playback are particular PC settings or a particular way a PC is setup. Please try the following suggestions as they apply to the PC, the audio card is installed in.

    A game's audio samples may have levels, or DC biases, that are unusually high. These samples can overload the X-Fi audio enhancement algorithms which result in output streams that clip, or exceed, the allowable output signal swing.

    Try reducing the game's audio level. Where this is not possible, try reducing the master volume level in Windows.
    Very lengthy handling of Interrupt Service Routines (ISR) and Deferred Procedure Calls (DPC) by the graphics driver on nForce motherboards (Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte are some motherboard vendors that use this chipset), particularly when nVidia SLI graphics are used. One game where this problem has been observed is the game Far Cry, though other games may be affected as well. These times have been observed to be as long as 100 milliseconds and causes the audio data buffers handed to the sound card driver by the application to become stale.

    A third party tool called nHancer (available at nHancer - Advanced Control Panel for nVidia Cards) has been found to make it possible to mitigate this problem by retuning the graphics driver. We recommend setting the AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) mode in nHancer to reduce the maximum interrupt deferral times (called DPC) to the 10-25 millisecond range. This problem is not unique to the X-Fi; it causes crackling/distortion with a number of other audio products tested.

    Note: nHancer is a 3rd party application. As such, Creative Labs cannot support, warranty or guarantee the functionality, usability or accuracy of nHancer. Please direct any and all questions or concerns to the makers of nHancer.



    X-Fi requests for PCI bus service are being "retried", or deferred, an extraordinary number of times, presumably while the graphics system is using system memory when playing Battlefield 2 during complex graphic scenes. It may also occur in other games, and is associated most often with nVidia nForce chipsets with SLI graphics. The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card can withstand up to about 450 bus retries on occasion, but in some cases there are over 8,000 bus retries for a single request, for a total deferral time of up to 2 milliseconds (240 nanoseconds per retry). These deferrals can cause audio defects in non-Creative PCI sound cards as well.

    Please try the following to lower the number of bus retries per request:
    Invoke dual-channel memory mode on the motherboard. Systems that are not configured in dual-channel mode can experience crackling during games. For more information about invoking dual-channel mode, please refer to your motherboard manufacturer.
    Flashing the BIOS or changing the CMOS can cause the memory and PCI performance to improve. Occasionally, this can cause performance to degrade. For more information about specific versions or for information about updates, please contact your motherboard manufacturer.
    Ensure that the SATA hard drive is not conflicting with PCI memory resources. Changing to a different controller may help.
    Sometimes removing one SLI graphics card, rebooting with the X-Fi, then shutting down and reinstalling the second graphics card fixes the problem.


    In a small number of cases, the game crackling issues were found to be caused by the X-Fi driver related implementation.

    Download and install the latest drivers from the Creative website which can resolve crackling in some PCs.

    Note: In some cases, the latest drivers are Beta drivers which may help correct this issue. Please be aware that Technical Support cannot assist with troubleshooting Beta drivers. Install any Beta drivers or software at your own risk. For instructions to uninstall Beta drivers, please click here.



    Overclocking of nVidia based graphics cards can cause crackling issues in Battlefield 2 and other gaming titles. It has been found that the card's Memory Clock Speed most directly affects the intensity and frequency of the crackling in Battlefield 2.

    Try installing the nTune application from nVidia's website to give individual controls for memory clock speed and GPU clock speed.

    Note: nTune is a 3rd party application. As such, Creative Labs cannot support, warranty or guarantee the functionality, usability or accuracy of nTune. Please direct any and all questions or concerns to nVidia.


    The slower the Memory Clock Speed, the fewer and more subtle the crackles. When turning the Memory Clock Speed down as far as the application permits, crackling can disappear entirely. It is recommended that any overclocking be reduced and, if necessary, underclock the graphics card no more than necessary to resolve any audio crackling issues.
    Modifying the clock settings on an nVidia GeForce SLI graphics card (for other brands of graphics cards, please consult the documentation for that card or contact the manufacturer):
    Right click the Desktop.
    From the context menu, choose Properties. The Display Properties window appears.
    Click the Settings tab.
    Click the Advanced button.
    In the new window, click the nVidia tab (the one with the nVidia logo).
    In the list that appears, click Clock Frequency Settings.
    Select the Manual radio button.
    In the Settings drop-down menu, choose "Performance (3D)".
    Adjust the Memory Clock Speed to your specifications.
    Click Test Changes.
    Click Apply.
    Note: Changing the default clock speed on a graphics card can have unexpected results. Please consult your graphics card documentation for further details.

    Feedback on User Escalations

    Further to the reported cases of crackling issues reported by owners of Sound Blaster X-Fi cards, we have extensively tested both Creative and non-Creative audio cards on motherboards where the issues were reported in an effort to isolate the root cause.
    The findings indicate that circumstances causing these audio glitches only arise on nVidia's nForce 4 range of motherboards.

    The Sound Blaster X-Fi card was designed to meet PCI bus standards and tolerances and this is the only range of motherboards that operate in this manner.
    A full technical description is detailed below, but in brief, the PCI bus data requests are not being serviced leading to "gaps" in the audio, resulting in sudden dropouts to no audio and back again which gives rise to what is perceived as crackling.

    As we have identified the resolution of this issue to be beyond our control, we would advise customers experiencing this issue to escalate their concerns to nVidia in an effor to seek a possible solution.

    Technical Details

    We have observed through direct observation of the PCI bus on the nVidia nForce 4 motherboards that when the crackle symptoms are occuring, the Sound Blaster X-Fi card PCI bus master memory requests for audio data are being held off (not serviced) for very long intervals.

    We have observed peak holdoffs of up to 2 milliseconds in some cases. This is unusual chipset behavior that is beyond the ability of a hardware audio accelerator to compensate for in its internal buffering. The Sound Blaster X-Fi tolerance for these PCI holdoffs is approximately 120 microseconds peak holdoff, with a 1 microsecond average holdoff.

    These design tolerances are based on observation of real PCI bus behavior on leading motherboards over a period of many motheboard hardware generations.

    The nForce 4 motherboard is the first motherboard on which these extremely long PCI service holdoffs have been observed by Creative, where another PCI device in the system was not causing the holdoff.
    After spending many hours starting with a fresh install of Windows, installing drivers, codecs, rolling them back, trying alternative permutations, checking for grounding, checking latency, front audio shielding, purchasing a discrete sound card, I have finally found the issue, the SLI. Simply disabling it, will resolve the intermittment static and cracking while playing audio in Windows, unbelievable. As a temporary fix, I'll be sure to disable SLI when working with my productivity software, until some new driver is released. Lastly, thanks for all the help, input, and suggestions. Hopefully having gone through this, maybe this thread will help other people in the future as well.
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    Very nice find, and glad to see you were finally able to resolve this!!!

    I wonder if that also would help at all anytime for crossfire as well? I'll have to keep it in mind, thanks!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) - Realtek ALC889 Static and Noise Issue

    How do I disable SLI/Xfire in the BIOS?? I only have one video card though..?

    I know this an old thread but i had the exact problems with my Logitech Z5500- popping and static

    Just updated to this driver and its SLIGHTLY better but cracking/popping/static is not as bad as before - http://download.gigabyte.asia/FileLi...tek_azalia.exe

    Will report back in few days if the problem re-occurs.

    The popping was so annoying I stopped playing music on my PC for a while. Grrr!!

    Should I get a decent sound card like Xonar or Asus Essence ?

    EDIT - Disabled EIST and it sort of improvied

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    Could be your psu aswell,I've used other psu's where the noise doesn't happen,xonar is a good card but your forever tweaking settings to get best sound when switching from music/games/films ect,onboard sound is just as good and you don't have to keep messing,it should auto detect your gpu,just set first initial display as pci-e slot that your gpu is plugged into
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    Do your speakers pop when you flick the light switch? Mine do,or you speaking about mb interference noise? Disabling c1e fixes it for me and using balanced power profile in Windows

    I still had the noise using the xonar soundcard too,so an add in card didn't stop the noise
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    How do I disable SLI/Xfire in the BIOS?? I only have one video card though..

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    It should auto detect sli/xfire or single card,set pci-e to the slot your gpu is plugged into
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