harry1511Thank you for the reply, but I actually use onboard audio via optical output in the back T_T. Besides that, I don't have any other audio device hooked in when not being used. I do, however, have BreakAway Audio Enhancer. Funny thing is LatencyMon or Window Performance Analyzer never flags it, so I never disable it, and when pops happen, turning it off doesn't work either. I will spend my day today to troubleshoot more. If anyone has any other tips, I appreciate it.
timmyboy04You mentioned the newest Nvidia driver causes a crash so you had to roll back. Have you tried using DDU in safe mode to completely remove the current driver and start fresh? Corruption is a possibility and that's the only way to be sure it's cleaned out aside from a fresh Windows install. Steps:Uninstall Precision X/MSI Afterburner if installed, make sure to select "no" to saving profiles if asked. Reboot the PC now if you had to uninstall PX or Afterburner.Use DDU (Display driver uninstaller) in safe mode to clean out all your NVIDIA drivers. Use the clean and restart (highly recommended) option.Download & save the most recent graphics driver to your desktop. You can find the most recent graphics driver here.Run the graphics installer located on your desktop once the download is complete.Select NVIDIA graphics driver, select custom advanced install, under custom installation options uncheck all options except graphics driver & physx system software, if you have a 3D capable monitor and would like to use 3D at some point please select both 3D options, check mark perform clean install, then click next to install the driver, reboot when asked.-Credit Sajin
Sixtus23If it is software related "LatencyMon" will find the lagging/popping Background process.