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It can be having it enabled helped on my older board. Using the rear jacks and muting Line-in also helped. Another thing I saw suggested is make sure all the mobo standoffs are being used especially the ones around the power supply. Lastly you could try running the power supply out of the case to see if it's causing the static.
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Originally posted by agentbad agentbad wrote:

It can be having it enabled helped on my older board. Using the rear jacks and muting Line-in also helped. Another thing I saw suggested is make sure all the mobo standoffs are being used especially the ones around the power supply. Lastly you could try running the power supply out of the case to see if it's causing the static.
the oddness is I have had it happen in two different PC cases one even had a top mount PSU . And I have used two psu's and both cases had all the stand offs installed.i will probably end up just buying a decent budget USB dac.
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Also Chiming in. Ive got a similar problem.

Buzzing is very very quite. Impossible to hear when i'm playing audio, but sounds like a mosquito when i'm just browsing websites in silence.

If it helps, Ive noticed the sounds gets louder whenever my computer is working hard.
Turning my pc from power saver through balanced, and into high performance mode makes the buzzing more prominent. It being the most prominent in high performance.

I'm using the Z378 board with a GTX 1080, i7 8700k.
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I have the same issue except it's becomes loud when playing games or when my GPU is under load. It's a loud buzzing sound that is usually muffled out by game sounds but if I minimize a game and it is extremely annoying. I'm going to move my GPU to a different slot and see if that helps any.
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GOOD NEWS - I've fixed the issue! If your video card is in the middle slot on the Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6, move to the top most slot (closest to CPU).

I noticed that reducing/limiting the 'Power Target' from 100% to the minimum of 44% in EVGA Precision X (I have a GTX 1080Ti FTW3) the buzzing sound was drastically reduced. This told me it was definitely interference with the video card as it was drawing more power as I suspected. When I removed my video card I realized the card sits right on top of the SoundBlaster gold capacitors, doh! Put the card in the upper most slot and voila, no more buzzing in games or when there's a GPU power draw!


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Same problem with buzzing while moving mouse pointer here: Asrock Z370 Pro 4 + Fractal R5 + Seasonic Focus Gold. I do believe it's somehow connected to GPU as while moving mouse over explorer windows or desktop does not generate noise, but while moving mouse over browser it does generate interference. Any one with Asrock Z370 Pro 4 experiencing same problem ?
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Same issue here on my Z370 K6... and as it seems nobody from Asrock cares..

Seems I bought the wrong board... :(

Board is mounted on all 9 standoffs. Power Supply is far far away and one of the best you can buy (Seasonic Platinum Series). Tried the cleaning driver method... Nothing works.

Horrible buzzing and cracking while surfing in windows.

Only solution: Using again my old Asus Xonar DX Soundcard - SILENCE! But one of the reasons for the K6 was the sound because the Xonar DX doesnt get drivers anymore and I experienced some Win10 Bugs before... :( :(

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Got the same issue on my Z370 Extreme4. It only appears when my gpu is under load. On desktop/browser its completely silent. The moment i kick of any newer game it starts buzzing. I heard disabling c-states helps but it didnt for me...
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Same problem here Pinch
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I've posted the same issues in the z370 Extreme4 forum and no resolution.

From reading many hours on other manufacturer forums for similar z370 intel boards with ALC1220, it seems this intermittent 'popping' and 'crackling' sound interference is indeed widespread.
Of course the blame game begins, and it's never got anything to do with the mobo manufacturer - it's like they all think they are these completely innocent bystanders, yet they manufactured the boards and should have a responsibility to their customers to ensure these issues don't happen.

There's so many potential variable and I've lost days trying to resolve this.
Microsoft generic HD Audio drivers seem to be the most reliable, but still exhibit the same issues here and there. The Microsoft drivers at least allow the front audio panel (headphones for most users) to work without screeching distortion.
And one big difference - the Microsoft driver actually show two separate entries in Windows for headphones connected to the front audio panel and desktop speakers connected to the rear motherboard 'green' connection. Not sure why Realtek took this very basic feature away, so if you have both speakers and headphones connected they just show as one entry "speakers" and you have to physically remove the headphone jack from your front panel if you want to use your desktop speakers when you should be able to simply disable them when not in use from Windows sound settings.

Similarly, much older Realtek drivers seems to be quite close to the Microsoft drivers in terms of severity and frequency of these sound issues.

I honestly believe the best solution is to buy a cheaper PCIe sound card (Xonar DGX) and just be done with it and get back to gaming and the things you enjoy.
Is this a great solution? No, because we purchased these boards because of all the promises about great sound and EMI shielding and Japanese capacitors etc.
But AsRock literally refuses to acknowledge this is an issue, at least the guys in the Asus forums have admitted something is wrong.

But they can't fix it either, and it's tough to find a compatible board that doesn't have Realtek.
 
I am currently using Realtek v8210 that I found on softpedia or something like that. It has been mostly ok, but still the occasional pop and click in music playback. Don't notice it much in games likely because there's so many other loud noises in the games I play.

Good luck.


Edited by Globespy - 09 Nov 2018 at 1:53am
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