Intel Core i7 8700K @5.1GHz - 1.36V
32GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 3600MHz (16-18-18-36)
EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Gaming ICX - 11GB
ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Z370
Corsair HX-850i ATX PLUS Platinum
Gigabyte AORUS RGB 512GB M.2 NVMe (OS + Games)
Corsair Force GS 128GB SSD (Games Installation)
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD (Games Installation)
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD (Games Installation)
Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB @7200RPM 64MB
Thermaltake Core P5 ATX - Wall Mount Chassis
Windows 10 Pro - 64-bit
My system has been stable and fine for the last 2 years without issue, until I recently upgraded to an NVME SSD for my OS.
I have had the NVME SSD working solidly for about 1 week. Until I noticed that I got a BSOD "Critical Process Died" (100 times). I have also recieved a "Unexpected Store Exception" BSOD (3-4 times).
I thought hmm, must just be a one off, I have not gotten a BSOD in close to 2 years. Then again, and again and again. I spent 2 weeks troubleshooting everything on my PC except the NVME, including:
- Updated Z370 BIOS to latest.
- Reinstalled Latest GPU Drivers (Using DDU to uninstall old in safe mode).
- Re-seated the Ram.
- Tested Ram with 2 x 8GB Corsair 3200MHz Ram.
- Re-configured SATA cable configuration on motherboard to not conflict with NVME SSD.
- Replaced SATA cables.
- Default XMP on RAM.
- Default OC and BIOS default (no difference).
- Clear CMOS
- Updated Windows to Latest Version
- Re-seated NVME SSD.
- Re-installed Windows.
- Disabled Fast Boot.
- Disabled newly installed applications from launching.
Out of curiosity, I dis-connected all drives to my motherboard except the NVME. Installed a game on it, played it. And viola !!! Within 1 minute the system would freeze, flicker, become unresponsive and then a BSOD will show for less than 2 seconds. This was repeatable, but ONLY happened when gaming.
I disconnected the NVME and re-installed Windows again on my 4 year old Corsair SSD. I have had no problems since going back to my original SSD for OS install.
What is odd is that the NVME appears to be functioning perfectly fine, its super fast, reads and writes are 3500 and 2100 MB/s. Drive health good (Brand new).
Do I have a failing memory controller on the NVME ? Is it warranted for an RMA given the above ?