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PSU is EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W G5 and GPU is EVGA RTX 2080Ti FTW 3 Ultra Gaming.
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12-29-2022 04:14 PM
I've always hated on-board audio. Every time I gave it a chance, it disappointed me. This build was a record 6.5 years since my previous build, so I thought maybe the audio components had made some advances that warranted another try. Nope. I had this slow boot problem, too, with identical equipment (except the GPU is a 3070ti). Today a Creative Sound Blaster card arrives in the mail, and I can say goodbye to slow boot and crappy onboard audio. It's not JUST the hardware. The software sound tool that comes with the mobo is low-effort and feature-poor. Creative's stuff is far more customizable and feature-rich.
See ya, Realtek. Audiophiles like me still like the dedicated audio. Check you again in 6-7 years...
12-29-2022 04:13 PM
I fixed it! It was the Realtek USB Audio driver that caused the issue for me. Ever since I uninstalled it, windows starts up normally. Hopefully this will help people in the future.