I've been having a most peculiar problem the past few days. I must say first that this is the first time any issue of the sort has occurred. My computer will occasionally shutdown without any warning in the middle of whatever I'm doing at the time, whether it be gaming or web browsing. Then it will turn on by itself, often failing and shutting down again within a few seconds. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, I'll make it to the login screen before it shuts off again. After a few repeats of this, the CPU LED will light red on my motherboard, after which I must clear my CMOS before it will start again. These are my system specs:
Intel Core i5 3570K
EVGA GTX 670 FTW
ASUS Sabertooth Z77
Samsung 830 RAID 0
WD Caviar Black
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133 MHz
Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit
Things I have already tried/tested:
1. Testing individual parts
2. Overheating issues
3. Resetting stock clocks on CPU, GPU and RAM
4. Disabling surge protection in BIOS
5. Updating all drivers/BIOS to latest version
Okay, at this stage I have a sneaking suspicion my RAM may be the culprit. I have tried multiple configurations already and every time the CPU LED is now gone but the RED DRAM LED constantly flashes, even after pressing and holding the MEM-OK button on my motherboard. The thing is, now I am unsure whether to RMA my memory or my motherboard. I don't think there is any way to tell which is at fault! Is there?
I can't seem to find them on there. The reason I'm asking is, you indicated updating the BIOS before Windows 8 installation.
My guess is, the since these RAM Modules are not on the QVL list, any BIOS updates could render them incompatible even if it doesn't happen instantly. I could be wrong but then again it is something to consider. Memory tests won't tell you much in certain situations. Only a different set of RAM Module can tell you this for sure.
From past experience, RED means NOT Working or FAULTY. If you can spend the money on a single RAM Module to test, do it.