Is it possible I "won" the lottery by need to RMA my Ryzen 3600?
I've been building PCs for over 20 years and this is the first time I've had something this crazy happen that makes me think I might need to RMA my CPU knowing how rare that is.
I initially got the Aorus Elite x570 a few weeks ago along with the Ryzen 3600. My other parts Ram (G.Skill TridentZ 3200), 1080ti, PSU and case all came from my other computer that I cannibalized to build this one
Right out of the gate I had issues which I attributed to my Ram, anytime I set it to XMP the computer would crash when gaming after about 30 minutes. I would get WHEA errors constantly in event viewer regardless whether it was crashing or not.
I down clocked the ram to 3000mhz from 3200 and my problems seemed to go away, I was gaming fine without issues.
About a week later my computer was crashing over and over in Windows, 3-5 minutes. If I went into the bios it would lockup after about 30 seconds. So thinking it was the ram I bought some Ballistix Sport LT and lo and behold the same thing is happening.
I changed the bios versions many times through qflash plus but they all exhibited the same behavior.
Things that I remember I have tried:
-Swapping ram slots around, using one stick. Did this with the new and old ram.
-Downclocking memory to 2133.
-Setting PCIE to level 3 from auto.
-clearing CMOS, pulling battery
-Updating all the drivers
-Tested GPU in another computer my older intel build.
-Tested the new RAM and the old ram in current build, going through every stick one by one and booting with them. Every single boot still locked the bios.
-Tested the ram in my Intel build, all 4 sticks worked perfectly.
-Tried another PSU from working computer.
Basically as it sits now I can't even change any BIOS settings because the computer locks up and the fans spool up when this happens. I can sometimes get into Windows for 5 minutes if I'm lucky.
So here is the crazy part, I bought the ASUS x570 gaming plus Motherboard and spent time to move everything there and I get the exact same behavior like the Gigabyte...
What are the chances that a completely different Motherboard exhibits exactly the same issue? the only constant that remains is the CPU. Everything else has been tested but the CPU.