However, correctly assuming I would use my own interface the onboard SoundBlaster was disabled (possibly as part of the audio tweaks I was told had been performed ? I wonder what the rest are ?). To check out the speakers I re-enabled it and noticed when playing back FLACs at about 70% volume there was distortion. Hmm.
Then while checking out the Windows Music forum here I ran across Richard saying :
Yeah, the Killer NICs are notorious for it and some of our range arrive with them from factory, so I end up switching them out for more suitable solutions too.
The Killer is a faster card when it comes to server response latency which is important if you're playing FPS games online. It does this by getting very aggressive with it's server communication, which in turn eats up extra CPU cycles and is given priority over just about everything so audio applications then get left behind.
Still, it's a gaming card and the XPS is a gaming range at heart, so James raises a fair point in that other none XPS models may have more sanity sparing solutions.
I have a Killer nic onboard. Should this be on a music production machine, and how will it effect me ?
I'm NOT having a go at Scan, as pretty much all my machines, as well as audio stuff have been purchased from them over the years :thumbup: and they did get back to me telling me to go ahead installing my DAW (Cubase 10) as it would be OK, but how does it square with the above advice ?