I appreciate the answer, thanks for the help! Changing my dropout protection to anything above minimum helps significantly with the clicks and pops. That being said, even with the dropout protection set to Maximum, I still have the same CPU issue, the performance meter in S1 is slammed at 100% when playing now, but the clockspeed on the CPU is still low, changing power settings like before to high performance fixes it like before. Even with dropout protection at maximum, I still get the occasional click or pop noise, sometimes even several seconds of garbage disposal like garbled noise if it decides it's really unhappy with what it's asked to play. Happy to upload more screenshots if necessary, please advise. Thanks!