After spending a ton of money upgrading to x99, you can imagine my near apoplectic rage when I discovered I had this problem, especially after nearly 4 years of flawless performance on the x79 platform.
However, I seem to have fixed my issue (will report back if I happen to be proven wrong any time soon), so for the sake of helping of even one person, I’ll first post my system components, then detail my fix.
i7 5820k OC’d to 4.3ghz on an MSI Gaming7 X99a motherboard
MSI GTX 970 ME
32 gigs of G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series DDR4 RAM
Netgear A2600 wireless adapter
Windows 10 Enterprise edition
I haven’t even installed my DAW or plugins yet, and I was getting dropout in playback from Foobar, as well as whatever the crap that new Windows music app is.
Two things appear to have worked for me, though I suspect the latter is probably the true fix.
Run this utility
and unpark your cores.
Also, go to Power & Sleep>Additional Power Settings>(select)High Performance, and then Change Plan Settings>Change Advanced Power Settings>Processor power management, and set minimum and maximum processor states to 100%
Now, it’s highly likely all I just did was provide you with a guide to unparking your cores and giving your system as much CPU horsepower as Windows will allow, but what I suspect mostly did the trick for me is, drum roll…
Switching to a USB 2.0 port. Specifically one of the ones on my case front connected via the jumper section on the motherboard (not the mobo’s hardwired 2.0 ports, which are occupied by my mouse and keyboard for the sake of cord length).
Will see what happens after I install audio software and put this puppy through it’s paces, but for now my problems appear to be solved.
At some point, I plan to try a PCIE USB 2.0 adapter card so I can free up the occupied 2.0 port on my case front, so I will report back with that finding as well, though it make take a while due to my current financial quagmire.
Hope this helps,
While this fix worked for several hours for me, eventually the problem returned.
I’m going to to test the system with a Focusrite 18i20 over the next few days, will report back findings.