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High AudioDG.exe CPU usage: Bit depth?

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Hello;

I have a Creative X-Fi card, updated to (today's released) latest Creative drivers, but this behavior happened in the older ones as well.

When I raise the bit depth or sample rate of my audio in Speaker settings, CPU usage spikes dramatically; 32 bit 96khz in the speakers put it at around 5%, and in the microphone, jumps to 20%. The process is Audiodg.exe

I understand that more bit depth and sample rate means more work... but shouldn't the X-Fi card be doing that job, instead of the CPU? Or am I understanding it wrong?
post #2 of 29
Windows audio API still has to deal with the audio. Go into device properties in the sound management control and click the "disable all enhancements" box and see if that works. Are you sure you have 32 bit audio selected? That's not something I've ever heard of on a consumer sound card, mostly higher end DACs. Try going down to 24/96 or 24/48, or down to 16/44.

What's your CPU?
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Windows audio API still has to deal with the audio. Go into device properties in the sound management control and click the "disable all enhancements" box and see if that works. Are you sure you have 32 bit audio selected? That's not something I've ever heard of on a consumer sound card, mostly higher end DACs. Try going down to 24/96 or 24/48, or down to 16/44.

What's your CPU?

Yes, 32-bit and 96kHz. Setting them both to 48kHz and 16-bit I get a respectable 5% CPU usage... if that's fine. The lower I go, the lower the CPU usage gets. Microphone drives it crazy when raising the quality (15% + speakers).

Disabling all enhancements does not work, nor on mic, nor on speakers, nor manually disabling everything in Creative panel (Still, I'd like to use some of Creative processing stuff, like CMSS 3D. I will lose it if I check the disable all enhancements, even if it's checked in Creative panel, right?)

I have a 4,6GHz 3570K.
post #4 of 29
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Actually, reset everything to default and CPU usage came down to (at 24 bit, 48kHz) to 3% in speakers only, and 14% in mic+speakers. That sounds more reasonable? Still seems a bit high to me...
post #5 of 29
No that's not reasonable at all. Try nuking all your creative drivers and doing a fresh install. Also try the card in a different slot if possible.

Is it an older card?
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No that's not reasonable at all. Try nuking all your creative drivers and doing a fresh install. Also try the card in a different slot if possible.

Is it an older card?

It's a first-hand, 1 year old X-Fi Titanium.

A member of the forum handed me a hotfix by PM for high CPU Audiodg.exe, but it's only for Win 7 and Server 2008. I shouldn't install it on my 8.1, as I understand.

Gonna try to nuke creative drivers, then.
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You might also try letting windows auto-install a driver before reinstalling the creative drivers.
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post #8 of 29
The X-Fi Titanium is a 24-bit resolution card. Any higher than that, and you're going to be doing software interpolation, and at 96 KHz or 192 KHz, I'd expect it to drive your CPU through the roof. Setting it to 32-bit is going to produce ZERO audio quality gain, since the mixer, A/D and D/A on the X-Fi won't do higher than 24-bit, you're up-converting and down-converting both directions just so it can play it back. Bad idea.

Set it to 24/96 and leave it there. If you're playing 16-bit MP3s or something, you don't even need it that high. The only thing most people play back at 24-bit resolution on a regular basis is DVD and Blu-Ray uncompressed audio.

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I agree there is no need for 32-bit on that part.

Anyway, even 5% utilization is absurdly high for audiodg.exe unless this is an old single core processor we are talking about. Certainly would seem to be a driver issue.
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post #10 of 29
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Ok, nuked everything labeled "Creative" on the PC, Driver sweeper, etc etc.

Then, reinstalled the last Creative drivers ONLY (no Alchemy, no DTS pack, etc). As well, I uninstalled Nvidia audio driver, in case it had any issues with my actual sound card.

Set to 24 bit, 96kHz, when I'm playing a videogame for example, it flickers from 1 to 3%, sometimes falling to absolute 0. The amount of in-game effects doesn't appear to change anything. The game itself is Guild Wars 2, so it's not EAX, as far as i know. Does that CPU usage seem reasonable now?


The problem is the microphone. As soon as I simply *open* the recording devices options in Windows sound panel, Audiodg usage spikes up to 10% or so, at 24 bit, 96khz in the MICROPHONE config. Putting it on the rear port instead of front changes nothing, nor does labeling it as a Line-In. On the recording config, "disable all enhacements" is checked.
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