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For some reason the computer in my signature keeps freezing at stock... Basically the computer will be working fine, I'll go to open something and nothing will happen. Everything but the mouse movment becomes frozen. Task manager doesn't work and everything is "not responding". I'm then forced to do a hard reset to get it working again. Today it happened again and I got an "Overclocking Failed" message when turning my computer back on. Everything is set very close to sthe optmised defaults. The only thing I did was set the BIOS to the memory's xmp profile. Something strange to note is that the BIOS detects the memory as 1333 speed instead of 1600 as well. I've tried some old DDR3 RAM I had and it detected the speed wrong on that as well - and I still had problems with crashes with that RAM. This would suggest that the physical memory isn't faulty.
I'm hoping to try a reformat to see if that fixes anything but the computer crashes too quickly to do a back up :S. Also the fact that I received an "Overclocking Failed" message would point to a BIOS/hardware problem.
It could be a faulty hard drive as well because the hard drive is benching much slower than any online benchmarks I found. The sequential read speed was the only thing that was as expected. I have a screenshot of a couple of CristalDisk benchmarks I did but I can't get to them due to the computer always crashing frown.gif.
I'm using the 1101 BIOS revision and just noticed there is a new 1202 BIOS out so maybe that will fix things.
Are there any other things I could try?
Thanks,
Ben.
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The BIOS update would be a good idea for starters. Most sandy bridge boards will detect RAM at 1333, you just have to set it to 1600. I would not use the XMP unless you have XMP certified RAM. In your BIOS press the F9 key and restore ALL defaults. Don't worry about memory being at 1333. If this doesn't help any, then I would try running a chkdsk or memtest86+
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See if Prime Blend instantly fails. If so, it's probably RAM fail.

I had to play with my RAM a little bit, it wasn't stable at rated XMP settings, and I've seen alot of reports of others with the same problem with certain RAM and SB-E/X79. I had to bump from 8-9-9-24 to 9-9-9-24. Others have had to do the same with SB-E. You can also mess with VCCSA and/or QPI/VTT to stabilize high-frequency RAM. Check out this guide:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1189242/sandy-bridge-e-overclocking-guide-walk-through-explanations-and-support-for-all-x79-overclockers

Corsair seems to be the RAM that's solid at rated settings with SB-E.
Edited by 2thAche - 3/29/12 at 3:20pm
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post #4 of 4
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Thanks for the replies.
Updated the BIOS but it made no difference with everything 100% at default, RAM at 1333. It did pass memtest though.
I ran chkdsk /f and it didn't find any errors.
As I've tried different kits of RAM and with and without XMP I don't think it's the memory.
Sadly the computer still crashes too quickly for me to back up my files. Going to have to plug the hard drive into another computer to make a backup, then I'll reformat. Not very hopeful though...
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