Originally Posted by Nick2253
I have an interesting issue, and I was wondering if anyone else here has experienced anything like it.
I was playing Arkham City on Saturday during the day (it was a little hotter outside than normal), and I noticed that my CPU temps were a bit hotter than normal. My load temp was somewhere in the 55-60C range (normally in the 45-50C range). I figured that it was probably due to the hotter weather outside, so I payed it no mind. About an hour later (continuously playing that whole time), I got a 124 BSOD. I figured, whatevs, some random error, rebooted and went back to playing. About 15 more minutes of playing, and WHAM, another 124 BSOD. In the interest of sanity, I opened my window to get some more air in and stopped playing for about an hour. I came back, started playing again, and even though load temps weren't any better, I have had no more problems.
When I first set up the OC, I tested the computer for 14 hours stable, so I'm pretty sure I'm solid. Did I just beat the odds and get two random BSOD in a row (I know munaim has said that the occasional BSOD doesn't indicate instability, but two in a row?), or could my OC be either unstable or degrading (I'm at 1.488V, if it matters)?
Does anyone have any experience and/or advice with this sort of thing?
It's entirely possible that Batman: Arkham City loads your system memory and GPU in such a way that introduces instability into your system that wasn't there in P95 stress testing.
It's also possible that your stability is not necessarily CPU temperature related, but controller temperature related. In other words, your OC was stable in lower ambient temperature situations but at higher ambient temperatures your memory controller gets too hot and causes the BSOD.
If you have this happen often when placing Batman: A.C. then I'd suggest that you use the game as your stress test and tweak your OC to be Batman: A.C. stable as well as Prime95 stable.