that doesnt mean much. your CPU could be stable for 99.99% of processes - if that 0.001% is a game, the game crashes. if its a critical OS task, you get a BSOD - if its not critical, you get weird glitches and bugs (see all the youtube videos of bethesda games like fallout new vegas where physics goes spastic) This IMO is the big reason why there are so many help threads with mixed responses. half the people say it worked, half the people say it rowked for a while, the other half say it never worked at all. then you realise theres way too many halves, and that someones simply gotta be wrong. people want an easy, one step solution - and those are RARE. if audio settings caused game problems, it wouldnt start - like CoD2 and CoD4:MW without a mic on a modern sound card.