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This is about the Hackintosh rig in my sig. As the title says, my i3 6100 just stopped booting Windows with the overclock enabled. I had it overclocked to 4.5Ghz (122Mhz baseclock) with the ram around 2600Mhz. It was rock solid stable in windows for over a month now. Tested in AIDA64 for 24hrs. Good temps. Then, today, all of a sudden it wouldn't boot Windows 10. If I disable the overclock, it boots just fine. I tried lowering the ram to 2200, no boot. If I even try 101 baseclock, no boot. What could the problem be? It's BIOS version F6c. Should I try reflashing the BIOS? I've seen threads like this with the same problem, but they didn't say it was working before, then stopped, and also the OP never seemed to find a solution.


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RAM probably unstable.
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That happened to me last night. It was something with the RAM setting in bios.
     
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any recent windows updates?


Some windows updates came with microcode that talks to processor and basically says F your overclock.

tek syndicate did a video on this a while back.


I have no idea if this is a reoccurring thing.


leave ram timings at what they would run with your overclock, bump voltage for ram up a hair, adn turn down the speed strap.

Shoot for the 105MHz bus, and if she boots, its a hardware issue.

if she does not boot, its definitely an anti-OC microcode update.


Intel sometimes acts like Apple in regards to running hardware outside of wanted spec. This is why some of the big brands for motherboards have their own BIOS versions that allow overclocking, yet the main BIOS releases still block it on most motherboards
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Well, in reguards to the RAM. It was stable for over a month and nothing changed. Why would the RAM suddenly be unstable? I tried 101 base clock and that was still not able to boot. I've tried 1.24 and even 1.26V on the RAM and It still wouldn't boot. The RAM was always at stock timings but obviously the speed changes with the base clock. The first overclock I had the RAM was 2200 something. Almost 2300. Then I bumped it up to around 2600 and the voltage to 1.24 I think. It booted windows fine and ran AIDA64 for 24hrs with no problems.

As far as the updates go, I did think of that. The last update was from Sept 19. Yesterday, I tried uninstalling that update and the overclock still wouldn't boot. Then I installed the Anniversary update for the first time. No change. Let me try taking the RAM even lower and I'll update.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I just don't think its a RAM issue that would just appear out of nowhere.
 
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Well, in reguards to the RAM. It was stable for over a month and nothing changed. Why would the RAM suddenly be unstable?.

IMC in the CPU maybe degrading, can no longer support the overclocked ram frequencies. Your cpu's IMC probably supports 1600Mhz or 1866Mhz, with anything faster being considered as an overclock of the IMC. Maybe drop your RAM back to 1600 and see if you still see the issue. Else maybe bump up the VCCSA voltage and keep the frequency
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Ok well this is a little unexpected. I spent the last 20 or so minutes playing with the bclk, memory clock, and voltages, trying to get windows to boot. Nothing I did would work. Then, just for the heck of it, I set everything back to default. I left the bclk at 100. Basically everything on default, but I upped the RAM clock to 2666, left the voltage on auto. Booted right up.

Idk where to go from here???


 
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IDK why circled the NB. This is what I meant to highlight
 
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IMC in the CPU maybe degrading, can no longer support the overclocked ram frequencies. Your cpu's IMC probably supports 1600Mhz or 1866Mhz, with anything faster being considered as an overclock of the IMC. Maybe drop your RAM back to 1600 and see if you still see the issue. Else maybe bump up the VCCSA voltage and keep the frequency

The CPU is like 2 months old and this computer is hardly ever used.

According to Intel: -Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB
Memory Types DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Max # of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported ‡ Yes

And with the most recent development, I would have to disagree with the IMC theory.
 
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UPDATE:
It randomly restarted while browsing the market place. I had a few tabs open, HWMonitor, and CPU-Z. No blue screen. My monitors just went black, then It rebooted like normal. This is with the same 100Mhz bclk and 2666 ram as before.

Maybe I should have mentioned this before, but it didn't seem relevant. I did recently change out the PSU. The 750w Rosewill HIVE that's in this machine now was in my main rig (the dusty mess of wires in my sig). And this machine had the Corsair TX850 that is now in my main rig. Both machines worked flawlessly overclocked @ 4.5Ghz for both. I swapped the PSUs because, although both PSUs are overkill for either machine, the Hackintosh uses less power, so I put the smaller PSU in it. Also there was some coil whine from the TX850 due to the low load of the Hackintosh. It went away when I put it in the other computer. And I planned to get another 970 for the main rig. The Hackintosh did boot Windows, with the HIVE, while overclocked, several times. It worked at least a week like that.
Could it be PSU related? I think the HIVE is still under warranty
 
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R7 1700X ASUS Crosshair VI Hero EVGA GTX 970 SC 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
1TB Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Blue WD10EZEX 3TB Seagate 250GB Samsung 850 EVO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
2TB Seagate Barracuda ASUS Burner NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller Corsair H100i V2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Samsung 40" 1080p Nixeus Moda v2 Brown Switches Rosewill HIVE 750 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair 550D Razer Mamba TE Corsair MM200 Extended Edition Asus Xonar DG 
Audio
Logitech Z-5300 5.1 Speakers 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3 6100 Gigabyte Z170M-D3H EVGA GTX 660 SC Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO Samsung 840 EVO Lightscribe! Corsair H55 
CoolingOSOSKeyboard
NZXT Sentry Mix 2 OS X El Capitain Windows 10 Pro 64bit Apple Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair CX550M NZXT Tempest 410 Apple Mouse 
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