CerebralFreeze said:
You really are a great guy to help us like this. I mean it. Thank you.

I will contact Gigabyte support and see what's going on. People have been saying that the sound sounds so good so I'm dying to find out.

How do you know how to do all of this stuff? I guess you work with this type of stuff for work I guess?
No at all, it's just my passion, my field of work is telecoms.

CerebralFreeze said:

I know you're busy so sorry to bother you but I had a quick question. I think after using the MSI Mode Utility the first time around, it made my internet speed really bust with speed. I have a fast internet connection already but I noticed the speed when I tried to connect to my network drive. Usually, there is a long pause when I try to connect to it. There still is a slight pause but it's MUCH faster than it was before.

What is the MSI Mode Utility and why did it make it do that? Why doesn't everyone adjust their settings so things will go faster like that? Just fascinated, that's all.
Here is a detailed analysis by Intel : https://www.intel.com/content/dam/ww...upts-paper.pdf

MSI provides a significant reduction in interrupt latency over the previous two generations of Intel interrupt architecture. The benefits extend beyond a reduction in interrupt latency to a reduction in CPU utilization by eliminating the time spent by the CPU determining what interrupt needs servicing (by polling devices and masking interrupt controllers). Embedded developers considering Intel® architecture for a solution or currently developing one should fully adopt the MSI model for interrupt delivery and servicing to ensure not only the best IO performance for their solution, but also the most CPU headroom for user-applications and other interrupts. In summary, MSI provides the following key benefits to the embedded developer over previous interrupt architectures:
• Increased number of interrupts to support more devices and peripherals.
• Dramatic reduction in the delay from when a device needs servicing to when the CPU begins servicing the device.
• Simplified board design: no need for an interrupt controller (IOAPIC/PIC).
• Flexible interrupt priority assignment scheme.
• Interrupt load balancing across CPUs. Devices can direct interrupts to specific cores to leverage common caches and to ensure equal workloads on all CPUs.

Enable MSI mode can also help to fix (when only disabling Fast Startup/Hibernation did not fix it) the crackling, popping, audio stutter issues.