Question Audio popping and crackling when using multiple applications.

Oct 16, 2020
I've got the new RTX 3080 FE. I have been experiencing audio crackling when playing games and starting up applications. No audio crackling when using only one though. At a certain point audio and video loading will just freeze in the background until I either restart my amp+dac, or switch audio to my speakers, this is then proceed to load video/audio. I should also mention I use the Element 2 JDS AMP+DAC. I don't know why this is happening. I've updated my BIOS, reinstalled chipset drivers, Nvidia drivers. I don't know where to go from here. Please help me

Your system seems to be having difficulty handling real-time audio and other tasks. You may experience drop outs, clicks or pops due to buffer underruns. One or more DPC routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. One problem may be related to power management, disable CPU throttling settings in Control Panel and BIOS setup. Check for BIOS updates.
LatencyMon has been analyzing your system for 1:06:32 (h🇲🇲ss) on all processors.

Computer name: DESKTOP-M3T7L64
OS version: Windows 10, 10.0, version 2004, build: 19041 (x64)
Hardware: System Product Name, System manufacturer
CPU: AuthenticAMD AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor
Logical processors: 16
Processor groups: 1
RAM: 16295 MB total

Reported CPU speed: 3593 MHz

Note: reported execution times may be calculated based on a fixed reported CPU speed. Disable variable speed settings like Intel Speed Step and AMD Cool N Quiet in the BIOS setup for more accurate results.

The interrupt to process latency reflects the measured interval that a usermode process needed to respond to a hardware request from the moment the interrupt service routine started execution. This includes the scheduling and execution of a DPC routine, the signaling of an event and the waking up of a usermode thread from an idle wait state in response to that event.

Highest measured interrupt to process latency (µs): 443.30
Average measured interrupt to process latency (µs): 6.766825

Highest measured interrupt to DPC latency (µs): 437.0
Average measured interrupt to DPC latency (µs): 3.079291

Interrupt service routines are routines installed by the OS and device drivers that execute in response to a hardware interrupt signal.

Highest ISR routine execution time (µs): 101.888116
Driver with highest ISR routine execution time: Wdf01000.sys - Kernel Mode Driver Framework Runtime, Microsoft Corporation

Highest reported total ISR routine time (%): 0.005426
Driver with highest ISR total time: Wdf01000.sys - Kernel Mode Driver Framework Runtime, Microsoft Corporation

Total time spent in ISRs (%) 0.008197

ISR count (execution time <250 µs): 4224227
ISR count (execution time 250-500 µs): 0
ISR count (execution time 500-1000 µs): 0
ISR count (execution time 1000-2000 µs): 0
ISR count (execution time 2000-4000 µs): 0
ISR count (execution time >=4000 µs): 0

DPC routines are part of the interrupt servicing dispatch mechanism and disable the possibility for a process to utilize the CPU while it is interrupted until the DPC has finished execution.

Highest DPC routine execution time (µs): 1250.271083
Driver with highest DPC routine execution time: nvlddmkm.sys - NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 456.71 , NVIDIA Corporation

Highest reported total DPC routine time (%): 0.082654
Driver with highest DPC total execution time: dxgkrnl.sys - DirectX Graphics Kernel, Microsoft Corporation

Total time spent in DPCs (%) 0.287645

DPC count (execution time <250 µs): 18514540
DPC count (execution time 250-500 µs): 0
DPC count (execution time 500-10000 µs): 307
DPC count (execution time 1000-2000 µs): 10
DPC count (execution time 2000-4000 µs): 0
DPC count (execution time >=4000 µs): 0

Hard pagefaults are events that get triggered by making use of virtual memory that is not resident in RAM but backed by a memory mapped file on disk. The process of resolving the hard pagefault requires reading in the memory from disk while the process is interrupted and blocked from execution.

NOTE: some processes were hit by hard pagefaults. If these were programs producing audio, they are likely to interrupt the audio stream resulting in dropouts, clicks and pops. Check the Processes tab to see which programs were hit.

Process with highest pagefault count: msmpeng.exe

Total number of hard pagefaults 133627
Hard pagefault count of hardest hit process: 28641
Number of processes hit: 174

CPU 0 Interrupt cycle time (s): 343.751690
CPU 0 ISR highest execution time (µs): 101.888116
CPU 0 ISR total execution time (s): 0.484203
CPU 0 ISR count: 367121
CPU 0 DPC highest execution time (µs): 1250.271083
CPU 0 DPC total execution time (s): 108.646856
CPU 0 DPC count: 9415889
CPU 1 Interrupt cycle time (s): 120.905802
CPU 1 ISR highest execution time (µs): 22.984692
CPU 1 ISR total execution time (s): 1.255868
CPU 1 ISR count: 1162051
CPU 1 DPC highest execution time (µs): 306.365711
CPU 1 DPC total execution time (s): 41.777683
CPU 1 DPC count: 1535410
CPU 2 Interrupt cycle time (s): 41.194105
CPU 2 ISR highest execution time (µs): 51.590315
CPU 2 ISR total execution time (s): 1.976537
CPU 2 ISR count: 573365
CPU 2 DPC highest execution time (µs): 285.935987
CPU 2 DPC total execution time (s): 6.072167
CPU 2 DPC count: 1193859
CPU 3 Interrupt cycle time (s): 21.761573
CPU 3 ISR highest execution time (µs): 18.726412
CPU 3 ISR total execution time (s): 0.006147
CPU 3 ISR count: 3030
CPU 3 DPC highest execution time (µs): 262.290008
CPU 3 DPC total execution time (s): 0.755127
CPU 3 DPC count: 205107
CPU 4 Interrupt cycle time (s): 31.413394
CPU 4 ISR highest execution time (µs): 9.488450
CPU 4 ISR total execution time (s): 0.001114
CPU 4 ISR count: 858
CPU 4 DPC highest execution time (µs): 261.658781
CPU 4 DPC total execution time (s): 1.355229
CPU 4 DPC count: 415139
CPU 5 Interrupt cycle time (s): 22.097459
CPU 5 ISR highest execution time (µs): 2.615085
CPU 5 ISR total execution time (s): 0.000116
CPU 5 ISR count: 105
CPU 5 DPC highest execution time (µs): 260.987476
CPU 5 DPC total execution time (s): 0.662580
CPU 5 DPC count: 185352
CPU 6 Interrupt cycle time (s): 37.935384
CPU 6 ISR highest execution time (µs): 1.522961
CPU 6 ISR total execution time (s): 0.000015
CPU 6 ISR count: 14
CPU 6 DPC highest execution time (µs): 284.413025
CPU 6 DPC total execution time (s): 2.981983
CPU 6 DPC count: 827524
CPU 7 Interrupt cycle time (s): 34.997734
CPU 7 ISR highest execution time (µs): 1.182299
CPU 7 ISR total execution time (s): 0.000014
CPU 7 ISR count: 14
CPU 7 DPC highest execution time (µs): 258.893404
CPU 7 DPC total execution time (s): 2.541972
CPU 7 DPC count: 706912
CPU 8 Interrupt cycle time (s): 25.975494
CPU 8 ISR highest execution time (µs): 0.0
CPU 8 ISR total execution time (s): 0.0
CPU 8 ISR count: 0
CPU 8 DPC highest execution time (µs): 270.536042
CPU 8 DPC total execution time (s): 2.042879
CPU 8 DPC count: 485190
CPU 9 Interrupt cycle time (s): 25.171224
CPU 9 ISR highest execution time (µs): 0.0
CPU 9 ISR total execution time (s): 0.0
CPU 9 ISR count: 0
CPU 9 DPC highest execution time (µs): 259.735040
CPU 9 DPC total execution time (s): 0.818779
CPU 9 DPC count: 156387
CPU 10 Interrupt cycle time (s): 26.381387
CPU 10 ISR highest execution time (µs): 0.0
CPU 10 ISR total execution time (s): 0.0
CPU 10 ISR count: 0
CPU 10 DPC highest execution time (µs): 282.779850
CPU 10 DPC total execution time (s): 1.489650
CPU 10 DPC count: 278052
CPU 11 Interrupt cycle time (s): 23.735150
CPU 11 ISR highest execution time (µs): 0.0
CPU 11 ISR total execution time (s): 0.0
CPU 11 ISR count: 0
CPU 11 DPC highest execution time (µs): 282.148622
CPU 11 DPC total execution time (s): 0.742395
CPU 11 DPC count: 136767
CPU 12 Interrupt cycle time (s): 77.680969
CPU 12 ISR highest execution time (µs): 27.10270
CPU 12 ISR total execution time (s): 0.964657
CPU 12 ISR count: 1441102
CPU 12 DPC highest execution time (µs): 284.964097
CPU 12 DPC total execution time (s): 7.731980
CPU 12 DPC count: 2251613
CPU 13 Interrupt cycle time (s): 21.391817
CPU 13 ISR highest execution time (µs): 6.432508
CPU 13 ISR total execution time (s): 0.078598
CPU 13 ISR count: 98301
CPU 13 DPC highest execution time (µs): 268.371834
CPU 13 DPC total execution time (s): 1.251487
CPU 13 DPC count: 210564
CPU 14 Interrupt cycle time (s): 22.998266
CPU 14 ISR highest execution time (µs): 13.105483
CPU 14 ISR total execution time (s): 0.158484
CPU 14 ISR count: 188482
CPU 14 DPC highest execution time (µs): 256.478709
CPU 14 DPC total execution time (s): 1.930134
CPU 14 DPC count: 235851
CPU 15 Interrupt cycle time (s): 25.342957
CPU 15 ISR highest execution time (µs): 20.109101
CPU 15 ISR total execution time (s): 0.310222
CPU 15 ISR count: 389784
CPU 15 DPC highest execution time (µs): 255.917618
CPU 15 DPC total execution time (s): 2.938328
CPU 15 DPC count: 275241

Oct 26, 2020
I have also same problem, hope someone can help us :( If you can figure out why it happens please let me know brother
Oct 16, 2020
I have also same problem, hope someone can help us :( If you can figure out why it happens please let me know brother
Okay so it took me from after a week after I posted this message to see if I could solve it, but I was able to figure it out. I didn't post the solution in this board b/c no one responded. But I shall for you!
There were 3 things that worked to help minizine the amount of audio popping and crackling and one that solved it for me.
Thing 1: Change GPU power mode to performance in NVidia control panel>3D settings > power management mode > Performance
Thing 2: Turn off hardware acc on chrome or your browser. Not the best option but it did help minimize the amount of popping
Thing 3: Go back onto an older GPU/GPU driver to find out if your audio problem is related to the GPU (Or more specially the NVidia high def audio driver.)
The thrid option helped me figure out it really was a software problem rather than hardware(I hope).

Okay now for the big one: Solution
I used the Display Driver Uninstaller from Guru3D to completely uninstall my drivers. Then manually downloaded the drivers from the NVidia website, rather than G-Force experience. This solved my latency problem as I do not get audio crackling anymore.

Side Note: One symptom of this being a software problem is when I was trying to load a video in the background while gaming and then having it stop loading completely, then having the video ask to restart my computer. this was due to some type of bug within the NVidia drivers.