Just installed a new SSD (120GB OCZ) on my new build, which initially had a HDD and now I'm getting audio crackling during music playback (through hdmi or headphones). I unplugged the SSD and booted up using my HDD and the audio playback is crystal clear. I checked the drivers and they are exactly the same on both devices. So I'm thinking the problem is coming from the SSD.
I saw some similar threads to this where some suggested it might be a grounding problem. I have the SSD mounted using a cheap plastic bracket, might this be the issue? I took the bracket off and it seems to reduce the crackling, but not eliminate it. I guess my question is, is this a bad SSD that I need to get replaced by manufacturer or should I order a metal bracket for it or maybe some other problem is occuring? Sorry for the long description, maybe this should be posted in the SSD section.
It looks like I spoke too soon about the new SSD solving the problem. The audio problem started occuring again on all audio tracks. Obviously this was really annoying so I did a lot more research and found someone posting about issues with SSD and bios settings.
Anyway, it appears the ultimate problem was the AMD K8 Cool&Quiet control on my Gigabyte mobo. I disabled this and no longer have any problems. I guess it has something to do with the power changes from that setting and the SSD.
I just wanted to make sure I posted this for others with a similar system.