Audio "pop" with any audio source or application

Just installed 17.1.11 KDE flavour
I hear random "pops" in audio playback in VLC, Chrome, Firefox.
I suspect that this is related to the audio driver installed automatically on the system.
The specs for this MB say "Realtek ALC887 codec"
Below are the system specs:

  Host: Manjaro-Office Kernel: 4.16.15-rt7-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 
  compiler: gcc v: 8.1.1 Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.13.2 tk: Qt 5.11.1 
  Distro: Manjaro Linux 17.1.11 Hakoila 
  Type: Desktop System: Gigabyte product: AB350M-Gaming 3 v: N/A 
  serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Gigabyte model: AB350M-Gaming 3-CF v: x.x serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: F23d date: 04/17/2018 
  Topology: 6-Core model: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Zen rev: 1 L2 cache: 3072 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm 
  bogomips: 76672 
  Speed: 2802 MHz min/max: 1550/3200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2848 
  2: 2819 3: 3213 4: 3164 5: 2715 6: 2722 7: 3124 8: 2726 9: 2715 
  10: 3354 11: 2830 12: 2642 
  Card-1: NVIDIA GM204 [GeForce GTX 970] driver: nvidia v: 396.24 
  bus ID: 07:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: nvidia 
  resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 970/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 396.24 
  direct render: Yes 
  Card-1: NVIDIA GM204 High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel 
  v: kernel bus ID: 07:00.1 
  Card-2: AMD Family 17h HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
  bus ID: 09:00.3 
  Card-3: Microsoft LifeCam Cinema type: USB 
  driver: uvcvideo,snd-usb-audio bus ID: 1:2 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.16.15-rt7-MANJARO 
  Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  driver: r8168 v: 8.045.08-NAPI port: f000 bus ID: 04:00.0 
  IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  HDD Total Size: 6.56 TiB used: 9.75 GiB (0.1%) 
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 960 EVO 250GB 
  size: 232.89 GiB 
  ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: SanDisk model: SDSSDHII960G size: 894.25 GiB 
  ID-3: /dev/sdb vendor: Seagate model: ST6000DX000-1H217Z size: 5.46 TiB 
  ID-1: / size: 210.96 GiB used: 9.75 GiB (4.6%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 
  ID-2: swap-1 size: 17.25 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) fs: swap 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 41.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 63 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 6% 
  Processes: 350 Uptime: 26m Memory: 15.68 GiB used: 3.17 GiB (20.2%) 
  Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 8.1.1 Shell: bash v: 4.4.23 inxi: 3.0.12 

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Checked the audio power save, the file modprobe.conf was not there - /etc/modprobe.d/
I started playing around with the kernel governors
I changed (echo performance | sudo tee /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor ) them to performance, but cpupower frequency-info still shows that the CPU frequency jumps around, which is probably what is causing the skips, or pop in the audio played.
I will keep messing with this to see if I can get it right.

Thanks again for the help lojze

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