System latency

adrian dix
adrian dix Member Posts: 12 Newcomer


I'm just setting up a new build with used stuff.

I have a Gigabyte Z390 gaming X board and Intel i7 9700 with 32 gB ram.

I have a Komplete Audio 6 Mk1 interface.

When i do the test, the Komplete Audio 6 is saying the system performance latency is 120micro seconds. Is this an OK value or should it be lower.

Is there anything in the BIOS that can improve the latency perfromance ?

I've done all the usual settings in Windows 10 and Cubase 12


  • DodMod
    DodMod Member Posts: 30 Member

    Just a quick question, do you mean milli/seconds or micro/seconds. If it is micro/ seconds you will have no problems with that latency.

    For reference I run a ASUS Z690 with an i9-12900K and 64GB of DDR5 RAM. Interface is a Steinberg UR44C and at a buffer size of 128 samples I am getting an input latency of 3.447 msec and an output latency of 5.42 msec.

    If you latency is 120msec (milli), then you could start by looking at the interface buffer size.

  • adrian dix
    adrian dix Member Posts: 12 Newcomer

    I think your telling us the latency as reported from Cubase.

    I'm talking about the KA 6 control panel which is the system latency.

    My In and Out latency is reported by Cubase as 6 in and 8 out

  • JesterMgee
    JesterMgee Member Posts: 2,132 Expert

    Screenshot would help to see your settings. As mentioned, Buffer and sampletare can be checked but also, are you using the ASIO driver or WASAPI/Shared audio driver because that will make a huge difference in latency.

    I would assume your value is 120ms (milliseconds) as I have never seen any audio buffer report in micro seconds and 120 is rather high, the question tho is that "round trip" time or just output and have you tried to simply test if it is acceptable to you because some people can easily compensate for a delay while others notice even the slightest delays.

  • adrian dix
    adrian dix Member Posts: 12 Newcomer

    This is a syatem test using the KA 6 panel

    There's a tab called diagnostics which you run and that is one figure (in my case)

    This is with out having any application running

  • adrian dix
    adrian dix Member Posts: 12 Newcomer
    edited August 7

    Here's the screen prints. Are these readings OK


  • JesterMgee
    JesterMgee Member Posts: 2,132 Expert

    Cant ssee anything in those screenshots, you need to crop the important stuff but need to see what it sys in your DAW

  • adrian dix
    adrian dix Member Posts: 12 Newcomer

    Thanks for you help JesterMgee

    I'm sure i've had lower system latency in older machines. As i don't have one to try I thought i'd ask someone who may know.

  • JesterMgee
    JesterMgee Member Posts: 2,132 Expert

    Well no idea as I do not use that audio card, but you are mainly concerned with the audio latency which is 7.3ms which is fine.

    It's always best to simply test things in use and not worry about what these numbers say UNLESS you feel you have some kind of issue that needs resolving.

  • Kubrak
    Kubrak Member Posts: 2,472 Expert

    I do not know, if it is much or not for KA6 .... But 100 us is 0.1 ms, so it does not add much to overall latency... 0.1 ms is roughly what it takes sound to travel 3 cm (1.2").

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