I just built a machine around an AMD FX 8120 eight core CPU, and have chronic audio distortion.
The specs are:
AMD FX 8120, Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3, (2) SATA (1) IDE drives, Nvidia Geforce 650Ti + Geforce 7600GS, 16gigs RAM.
I don't think it's the audio engines because I've used three, and all of them have static in their output to some degree.
1. The motherboard - internal
2. MAudio's ProjectMix i/o - firewire
3. Presonus Audio Box 22VSL - USB 2.0
To fix this, I've tried:
1. Disabling power saving on the CPU
2. Reducing # of cores in use on the CPU (a threading issue?)
3. RAM memory test (clean)
4. Updating any and all drivers throughout the system.
It's a fast machine, and shouldn't be having this problem! Any suggestions?
All three audio generators had intermittent static: in the internal motherboard source, the Maudio Project Mix IO on Firewire, and the PreSonus USB interface. My guess was the motherboard.
I tried to replace the Gigabyte MOBO with an equal ASUS version, but it wouldn't take. BSOD all over.
I reinstalled the Gigabyte MOBO because I needed a (semi) working computer, and Ding! No static in the audio.
With the reinstalled Gigabyte MOBO, I also replaced my 2nd video card (an old Geforce 7600GT) with a newer GeForce 610. My primary video card is a Geforce 650ti. Perhaps that the solution was there? The old 7600GT was technically compatible with Windows 7, but no longer supported by EVGA, and not Direct X 11 compliant. Geez, I don't know...