Asus Maximus VIII is a very good motherboard, but terrible for audio. Asus forums are really full of complaints about it because it emits pops and clicks now and then, so consider yourself a lucky boy if yours does not exhibit this issue, ZedZedski I think MSI is the safest solution for Z170, at the moment: that's at least what I'm suggesting to friends of mine, lastly. It's a pity, because on the paper Gigabyte's motherboards are superior both to Asus and MSI. If it weren't for this terrible audio implementation...(Oh, incidentally, it's true that the mouse in BIOS, on Gaming 7, is laggy, but only if you don't update the BIOS to latest release).That said, I'm on my 18th day without no more a single problem with the audio on the Gaming 7 (*crossing fingers*). What did I change, you ask? Simple: I disabled ALL the Windows enhancements AND ALL the audio enhancements in Creative panel too, both for playing and recording (including Crystal Voice, alas). Sure, audio quality is worse than with the enhancements on, but still good for my 2.1 speakers and my HyperCloudX headphones.If it'll continue working fine in the future days, it means that the audio problem resides certainly in drivers (poorly coded by Gigabyte crew) and is not hardware-related.
You know that it is only windows 10 that is having the problem. Is there any body running windows 7 or 8 that is having a problem. If it was hardware problem it would be across the board with all OS.
That said, ZedZedski, I still consider you've been lucky with your Maximus, because a lot of samples of that board have really a lot of audio issues: look, for example, this, this, this, this, this and this. I could go on with literally dozens of links about pops, crackling, hisses on Maximus VIII while playing sound.
At least ASUS is taking care of it and found a fix.
Just wanted to say I've been following this sine I encountered this problem as well. Uninstalling W10 drivers and installing W8.1 has so far worked for me. I am a windows 10 user. Try it out. Good luck
Hi,I haven't noticed problem you described but I don't use headphones mode regularly.I can provide you a link for older version of Creative Audio Drivers, it was RC1.11 if I remember correctly: http://1drv.ms/1ZDp6pzYou can test with those.I have another problem.I have 5.1 speakers connected and the same set in SB Pro Studio. Immediately after windows start, there's no sound from left and right front speakers (tested on Speakers/Headphones tab), I have to switch between headphones and back to speakers, then there's full sound from all the speakers. Could you check if you have similar?I hoped that RC2 version will fix it but it haven't.
You have to plug in the front speakers jack into the plug near the mic plug. The one near the rear and center/sub plug is for headphones.I did so and after Windows start everything is ok ! The 5.1 works correctly.
Quote from: ZedZedski on April 08, 2016, 06:15:57 pmAt least ASUS is taking care of it and found a fix.Dunno about a definitive fix but yes, there's no doubt Asus put its hand on consciousness and is trying to give support to solve the issue, while Gigabyte didn't spend even a word and is not updating its audio drivers (the last ones are Windows 7/8 drivers, rebranded to work under 10, but they weren't built from scratch for the new OS).