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As the title says, I've got the dreaded crackling and popping when using sli. It is only certain games, BF3 and Fallout NV being the most noticeable. After searching I have found no working solution.

I have used three different x-fi based cards and all of them do the exact same thing. It gets even worse when using nv surround. So other than getting a c-media based card, is there a viable solution? If not, I have an auzentech forte and titanium hd that I want to trade for a xonar.
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Happening to the Titanium HD too? Why do all the X-Fis seem to do this?
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Originally Posted by Inverse;15502301 
Happening to the Titanium HD too? Why do all the X-Fis seem to do this?

It seems to be some problem with creative and nvidia. From what I understand it was misdiagnosed as being the 680i chipset causing the problems. And yes, the titanium hd does this as well. My auzen forte and even my usb x-fi card crackles.
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Try lowering the Default Format to 44Khz
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Heres a question for you: do you restart your computer regularly? How about cleaning it out?

I've used two X-Fi cards (Extreme Music and Forte), and both have had cracking and popping and such, BUT, it has ALWAYS been due to static buildup. If the rig has been running for a while, and the x-fi getting slightly dusty, it'll happen. A power cycle usually fixes it and when it doesn't, cleaning always does.

You mention that you are using SLI... Not your sigrig then? At any rate, im assuming you've got your sound card cramed in right next to one or both of those gpus. Thats static hell for a sensitive sound card.
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post #6 of 37
this is usually caused by EMI , sine the card is installed between 2 GPUs , but the Titanium HD has an EMI shield:confused:

cheek the sound card an maybe try to clean it and check the cables (what sort of cables you are using Optical /RCA / Coaxial)
    
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Also try cleaning the dust on the card if any.
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back when the 8800 series came out people had this problem due to lack of bandwith in PCI lanes because of data transfer from 8800's in SLI
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post #9 of 37
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackandDecker;15518135 
Try lowering the Default Format to 44Khz
Doesn't help.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zero4549;15518171 
Heres a question for you: do you restart your computer regularly? How about cleaning it out?

I've used two X-Fi cards (Extreme Music and Forte), and both have had cracking and popping and such, BUT, it has ALWAYS been due to static buildup. If the rig has been running for a while, and the x-fi getting slightly dusty, it'll happen. A power cycle usually fixes it and when it doesn't, cleaning always does.

You mention that you are using SLI... Not your sigrig then? At any rate, im assuming you've got your sound card cramed in right next to one or both of those gpus. Thats static hell for a sensitive sound card.
It is my sig rig. I have two 470s. My computer has been completely cleaned out as have all of my cards. I get this with an external usb x-fi card as well. I have had both my auzen forte x-fi and titanium hd x-fi in different slots and same problem. The cards aren't in between my gpus.

Looks like these will be the last x-fi cards I will ever buy.
post #10 of 37
Is your case properly grounded? And by that, I mean properly grounded.

The PSU ground circuit functioning, connected to a grounded socket, and the case electrically connected to the ground.


My X-Fi and Xonar DX cards were doing this until I properly grounded the case.
   
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