Topic: UFX+ Thunderbolt Windows 10 PC - What works?
Edit: I have narrowed the problem to software: the playback program I have been using is Squeezebox server (formerly Logitech Music Server) + Squeezelite-X. When I switch to J.River Media Center player, there are no glitches. So, it is not an RME problem. Good News!
Problem: playback glitches. See my system details below.
What I am asking is whether someone has a Thunderbolt-UFX+ setup they are happy with, and if so, what are the barebones of the hardware and configuration
Possible sources of the problem considered: 1. Hardware, 2. Windows setup, 3. BIOS setup, 4. Audio software for playback - I am using "simple" consumer audio playback software; I do not use Digital Audio Workstation recording software
I am asking about #1-3.
I am not looking for a cookbook on how to achieve glitch free audio. There are many of these on the forum.
Why do I use Thunderbolt and not USB? In my case, trying to allow a longer digital connection between the pc and UFX+ with a single cable and keeping it a simple as possible. My use is very simple: digital room correction measurement, processing and audio listening.
What have I tried? BIOS and windows settings as recommended on this forum and elswhere to optimize low latency. Use of Latencymon from Resplendence as detailed by MC a few years ago
Possible next steps - return to USB connection for the UFX+ is the most likely. However, I may try a different motherboard and Thunderbolt connection if someone answers that they have a working system.
Thanks for taking time to read and respond!
Win 10x64 (20H2) v.19042 (clean install)
Asus Z390A prime motherboard
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz, 3696 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)
RAM 32 GB
RME Thunderbolt driver 06/27/2019 v.1.16
UFX ASIO sound driver
Clock source Internal
UFX+ SW version 44; Fireface UFX+: Thunderbolt 105, USB 51, DSP 44
Gigabyte Titan Ridge Thunderbolt v 2.0 Latest firmware (2021-03-03) and Driver
Intel thunderbolt controller 2020-12-02 driver ver 1.41.1054
Thunderbolt 3 to 2 converter Startech
Thunderbolt cable 2 m Startech