Cache was at 4gHz on adaptive with a max of 1.15v. As mentioned before all the problems started when I reset to defaults, and now those problems have persisted on the new board. I disabled XMP on the Strix via the physical switch, which allowed it to POST, but it crashes immediately upon entering the desktop. It doesn't seem to want to load correct defaults for the chip. For whatever reason anytime I reset to default with the Strix it tries to set a 125 mHz BCLK. That is the case with or without XMP. So I'm leaning toward the CPU. I feel RAM has been sufficiently tested, and the same circumstances persist whether the m2 is installed or not, won't load an OS with a thumb drive either.