I've had some weird problems with HWiNFO64.
I had sound skipping (best I can describe) issues. This problem only occurs when I have HWiNFO64 monitoring app (Vcore, cpu, gpu temps 12v rails etc) running in the background. This sound skipping problem is very very noticeable when I listen to mp3 while HWiNFO64 running in the background. It seems like there's some conflict between temp/voltage monitoring sensor on the board and Realtek 898 chip.
I've tried several different versions of HWiNFO64 since May until now.
I've tried difference BIOS for Fatal1ty Z77 Professional board (v1.00, 1.10, 1.20 and 1.30 BIOS)
My other PC with P67 Gigabyte board doesn't exhibit this problem.
I've found out recently that the cause of this sound skipping problem is S.M.A.R.T. reading in HWiNFO64 (AIDA64 reads and causes no problem)
HWiNFO64 -> Configure -> Settings -> under Safety tab
There are 3 options for IDE Drive Scan
- Safe Mode (default)
- Low-level IO Access
- Disable Drive Scan
That option is responsible for SSD/HDD temp monitoring (S.M.A.R.T.)
Once I selected "Disable Drive Scan", the sound skipping problem was completely gone. (Since I disabled it, I no longer get temp monitoring value for my SSD/HDD). Not a big deal. But this is a work around rather than a solution.
So... it seems like there was a conflict there.
My storage configuration is..
Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD (Windows 7 boot)
2 x Seagate 1TB Barracuda ST1000DM003 in RAID-0
1 x Seagate 1TB Barracuda ST1000DM003 (for data)
They're all connected to Intel SATA ports. (ASMedia SATA ports are disabled in BIOS)
(I don't have any ODD).