Question XMP profile causes audio static/crackling


Nov 23, 2014
As title suggests, I have been running my "new" 3000mhz ram I bought almost a year ago at sub-optimal speeds (2400 mhz) because when ever I enable the XMP profile for the sticks and reboot, my audio commits suicide. I suspect there is some form of 'interference' that occurs when I do this and I am leaning more towards that being the issue than any other.

Some additional context for this issue is the headphones I am using are plugged into the rear audio jacks. I would use the front panel AC97 but those connectors straight up do not work. Therefore, I am stuck using the rear panel to get working audio on this old case. I'll post my specs below to further provide context as well as looking for ways to create a visual to show exactly what I am experiencing, but that is dependent on if the recording would even pick up the crackling audio.

Processor: i7-6700k @ 4.00Ghz

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8)

Mobo: Asus Z170-A

Storage: 3 Samsung SSDs

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

PSU: Cooler Master RMx 850 W 80+ Gold