Xeon W3690 on GA-EX58-UD3R 1.0 (bios F11)
I'm hoping to get some insight into possible reasons why installing this Xeon into my 11 year old (and very reliable normally) UD3R X58 Mobo, seemed to go terribly wrong?
All i did was update my boards BIOS to F11, as this is listed as the minimum bios version that will run the W3690, and installed the CPU.
After playing with some BIOS settings (i'm not great with bios setting it has to be said) i got up and running, with the Xeon at stock speeds (3.47Ghz) with all seemingly being well.
Temps were fine in the 50's, and my old system was blazing through the windows (10) and games i threw at it...i was pleasantly surprised it worked so well for me...then i started to get strange crashes, and random restarts...before long, the system was so unstable, i was booting into windows 10, only to suffer the random restart after a few minutes.
Pretty soon, i was getting restarted while looking at my BIOS settings!
Accompanying these baffling restarts, i noticed a fairly loud and disturbing clicking / ticking sound just before the the restart happened.
I assumed this was one of my HDDs, and unplugged all of them , including the DVD drive, except for my boot drive (obviously)...the clicking continued, and didn't seem to be coming from my boot drive (SSD)...but rather my GPU card (750Ti OC)...even more alarming, i could smell a metallic / plastic burning aroma filling the room!
This was last night. Naturally, i turned off all power to the system, and left it alone until this morning.
I took out all components and inspected everything for signs of damage / burning. Cleaned out my PSU (bit dusty, but no burnt areas or smell of burning) and inspected the motherboard and all over HDDs and my graphics card...nothing was burnt.
I took out the Xeon W3690, and reinstalled my old faithful first gen i7 920, which is running fine now as i type...no burning smell, no weird clicking or ticking coming from my graphics card and all seems as it was.
Anyone know what i could have done wrong, assuming the Xeon W3690 isn't faulty (bought on eBay a couple of days ago)?
Was i supposed to update my X58 chipset drivers?
Special settings in BIOS (or BIOS version perhaps..) that i may have missed?
I'm running 12G of G. Skill Ripjaw memory? which defaulted to it's 1333 Mhz, @ 9,9,9 24 with the W3690, but runs at 1066Mhz, @7,7,7, 18 with the i7 920.
I'm thinking my X58 and other components had a lucky escape, or maybe it was just something obvious i missed in settings?
Edit to Add: Ignore the burning smell part of this post...it was my phone charger, not the computer!
I'd be grateful for any advise or help on this problem of the Xeon causing restarts and clicking noises though, or advice on which settings / drivers or whatever i should use to get my Xeon working, before i return the Xeon to the seller on eBay.
Last edited by Andrew3210; 10-15-2019 at 12:53 AM.