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Z87 and Haswell - trouble with stability when overclocking AND not overclocking

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Hi everyone,

I'm new here and wanted to share an issue I'm running into. I'm having problems getting my system stable with both overclocking and not overclocking. Here are my specs:

ASUS Z87-PRO
4770K
2x8GB G.SKILL Sniper Series (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231627)
2x256GB Corsair Neutron in RAID 0 (https://secure.newegg.com/NewMyAccount/ProductReviews.aspx)
Corsair H100i (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032)
3x3TB Barracuda in RAID 5 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844)
Corsair HX850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011)

So at first I thought the issue was that I just haven't found a stable overclock yet. I followed many overclocking guides as well as JJ's YouTube videos. The issue is that I am unable to get my system stable after running AIDA64 or Handbrake for many hours at a time...BOTH when overclocking and when not overclocking. It worries me that my system is unstable when it's not overclocked. I am running into 0x0124 and WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR errors. There was one time where I ran into a watchdog error but that was when I think I was pushing my system too much.

I have the latest BIOS (1205). Why is it that my system isn't stable? Any ideas? What's weird is sometimes (when I'm overclocked) I'll get a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR BSOD not too long after running AIDA64 or handbrake but last night I ran AIDA64 starting at 6 PM and let it go until about 4 PM today. My system finally crashed around 4. When my system isn't overclocked it could be around 8 hours before Handbrake or AIDA64 brings it down with the same WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.

When I am overclocking I set the multipliers to 45, sync all cores, and a manual voltage. I've tried voltages between 1.2 all the way up to 1.31 with multipliers between 44 and 46. Still...I guess this doesn't matter since I'm still getting BSODs without overclocking...

Any help, suggestions, or advice would greatly be appreciated! This is worrying me.

EDIT: I should say that I am able to get my computer to post, boot, and run a stress test for hours with a 46x multiplier and 1.2 volts so I would assume my chip isn't too bad based on what I've been hearing about the variance you can get with these.
Edited by blackangus87 - 8/21/13 at 3:31pm
post #2 of 4
If your CPU isn't stable at stock you should RMA it. Happens sometimes, maybe your chip default voltage is too low. What is it btw?
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G.SKILL F3-2133C9D-16GXH SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB [CPU] Noctua NH-D14 w/ stock fans 
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[GPU] 2x AMD FX-Series Liquid Cooling w/ GT AP-30 Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Dell UltraSharp U2713H EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 
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post #3 of 4
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Good idea. If it keeps up I will do that. I'm going to up the voltage a bit and see if I can at least get it stable while at stock settings. I think at stock settings my voltage is around 1.018 or so under load.
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Well, what do you know. Even though I had run memtest a few times before and it all checked out okay, I decided to steal some RAM from my previous build and swap it with the RAM I currently have. Just hit 48 hours of AIDA64 stress test with no crashes or BSODs. Figures...should have tried swapping the RAM a long time ago.

Anyway, all is well now! I am extremely glad I will not be ripping apart my new build and sending core parts back. biggrin.gif
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