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The Crystal Sound Problem on my x99 Deluxe

with BIOS 1601 the problem somehow disappeared for now. however i wasn’t happy with the digital to analog converter since it requires additional power supply and using usb power insead of power supply was a bad choice since the emitted frequencies i had earlier were injected in that converter too  through USB. What i then did was buying a Mass-Loop Devider (i dont know the correct english term for this). And even without this tiny piece the “noise” is almost gone.. In case it was a mass loop i can not tell where “problem” relied. It is not clear if the BIOS update was part of the solution or not. Could also have been any electrical device of my neighbours.



As i mentioned in a previous post, i had (but still have) a problem with my circuits that disturb audio. However, after trying to isolate and eliminate it i ended up surrendering. “Meanwhile i do not know who to blame but due to the problems that came up with Asus Motherboard i kept throwing la culpa at Asus”


Replacing some of the components

I did buy an additional Sound Card from Asus (Asus Xonar D2X) and an additional Power Supply (Corsair AX1200i) but with no effect. I tried a lot and buying these components was my last attempt. I could go further and buy a new Graphics Card or RMA the Mainboard and Graphics Card. If i did so, i almost could assemble a second RIG. At first i was thinking its only the Graphics Card that is emiting bad signals to the lines, but no matter if the i7-5930K CPU or the EVGA GTX 770 were rendering, i always ended up with bad signals on audio ouput.

Asus Xonar D2X Corsair Ax1200i Power Supply

  • I did test different Driver Versions
  • Made changes in the BIOS
  • Did run the system with basic settings
  • Did move the PSU out of range of the Mainboard
  • Did use different PCIe slots
  • Did use different cables
  • Did use all components on the same power line
  • Did try several power strips
  • Did reinstall the whole system
  • Did disconnect some devices
  • Did try different Monitor Setups
  • and in the end did buy new components, at least 3


AX1200i RM1000

Asus Xonar D2X


Not solved, but clean sound using converter instead

This small piece of hardware does morph digital input signals into analog signals. This way, using digital SPDIF, you can always evade interfering signals on your RIGs circuits.You simply need a soundcard with digital ouput.


Digital Analog Wandler


This has to be your last option to pick i would say, its the cheapest but the problem still persists, you just can’t hear it anymore on your HiFi when using it.  Up to you.

GTX 770 and World of Tanks performance issues gone in 9.3?

In a previous post i was talking a bit of my problem with my EVGA GTX 770 and World of Tanks.

Today, after a couple of weeks of abstinence, when playing World of Tanks, which is now at version 9.3,  i do notice an enhancement with GTX 770 and World of Tanks but i can’t really tell why. Few days ago, NVIDIA released a new Driver Package especially for the new GTX 9 series. In World of Tanks 9.2 i could not notice any enhancements with this new driver. Today with World of Tanks 9.3 i noticed a great frame per second increase. Now you could say, the improvements have been made in  World of Tanks 9.3.


Hardware – no improvement after upgrading

I bought the EVGA GTX 770 like 2 or 3 months ago. These days i still had my i7-920 running at 2.66 GHz and some of the old DDR3 RAM at unreasonable frequency. Unfortunately i could not overclock these parts because of the OEM motherboard and BIOS they were mounted on. The idea of upgrading or purchasing a better board for this old components (sad but true, after 6 years these are OLD) was discarded. So i even took the hardware into account when dealing with the “World of Tanks” problem. On september 2nd i did a hardware overall refresh and could then tell: “Nope, its not a hardware problem”. The new i7-5930K and an Asus 2011-v3 board now rock the house. Just search for the CPU and you’ll find some more posts of it, even the overclocking journey.


Load – GTX 770 was not running at its full potential

Unlike in previous versions and drivers, my GPU now does hit the 100% load mark, which was not the case in the past and which was the actual problem. The GPU couldn’t perform to its limits, leaving the game running at 30-50 frame per second (FPS). EVGA has its own overclocking and monitoring tools like Precision X and OC Scanner, google for it or visit their website. To let you guys know what i mean here a screenshot: In the top left corner you can now see almost 80 (78) FPS at high resolution 1920 x 1080 and highest settings and 100% render level, which was between 30 and 50 before 9.3.


GTX 770 and World of Tanks 9.3 current framerate
GTX 770 and World of Tanks 9.3 current framerate 80 FPS (+- 10)


Framerate increased, what an improvement! But?

However i still do notice that the graphics cards load is bouncing sometimes. You could say this hapens because the area where the camera is pointing to requires less performance to get rendered. That would be true if the FPS is stable and take a guess – it’s not.


Who needs more than 30 or even 60 FPS at all?

80 FPS is a good rate i can live with for now. The main purpose of these is to make video capturing more comfortable and less eye bleeding when you watch the results. Recording today easily results in a 20-30 FPS drop, if you have no extra performance. If you run 2 graphics cards and limits the FPS to 60 you would’ve had an incredible amount of performance left for recording and other stuff. Now when i limit the FPS to 60, i have only the performance left that encloses or fills the gap between 60 FPS and 80 FPS.


GTX 770 and World of Tanks, save to get a 770 now?

Well, after spending thousands of €uros for new hardware and doing upgrades and updates i’m looking forward for future updates. Thank you Wargaming, it was about time.

The GTX 770 is not the best card on the market but its still a good one. With a bit of tweaking you can get her close to a GTX 780 or even a GTX 770 TI at their base settings and clocks.

If you plan to buy a GTX 770, i would say that its save now, when it comes to World of Tanks performance, but i can’t recommend it. The new line of NVIDIAs GTX 9 series made a big step forward in terms of power consumption AND performance. The GTX 770 will perform fine and sexy but you should be aware of that she delivers a higher electricity bill.


Two videos with pre World of Tanks 9.3 and pre NVIDIA 344 performance:


Problem with GTX 770 and World of Tanks (WOT)

Update: [Problem solved in World of Tanks 9.3]

I decided to get a new graphics card view weeks ago and in the end i came up with a GTX 770 4 GB dual Bios.

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual w/ ACX Cooler
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual w/ ACX Cooler

However, currently i’m playing WOT and was happy that i can now play at max settings without being killed by graphics cards fan noise.  The FPS range now from 30 to 50. The first days i was happy with it. But there was something. I expected the result to be alot better than my old GTX 285 – a framerate of 40-50 is not quite good enough. It was just a feeling that something isn’t well configured.

Today, like 8 weeks later when i bought that card, i did run a small test. I downloaded EVGAs “OC SCANNER” software and watched the GPU load temperature and CPU load in Task Manager.

The result was: my graphics card didn’t perform to its full potential. The load didn’t exceed  50%. The load of my CPU isnt exploding either. Here i got it on paper, black on white. I had a problem with my GTX 770 and World of Tanks.

My desktop is powered by an old Intel i7 920 with 2.66 GHZ and few GB of RAM. Its an OEM Bios and has zero flexibility. Some people say that WOT is very CPU intensive. The cores of that Intel i7 920 didnt peak over 30%. There is plenty of room.

These days the CPU had a clockspeed of 800/1066 for DDR-RAM with 25.6 GB/s bandwidth. Exactly the same bandwidth the new i7-4770  have. Comparison

Well, the differences are clear. CPU Clockspeed and higher RAM speed. Some other threads really confirm that this could be a root cause.

Time to get a new RIG? I hope not.



But it just happend on 2. September 2014

But the new RIG didn’t solve the problem. WOT is still running between 30 and 50 FPS and my graphic card is still not being used at its full capacity. Sad-face. I had no time yet to really get into this. The problem remains undissolved for quite more time.