Computer freezes during CPU stress test

Hey there,

I admit that there are a few threads already dealing with this topic, but I could not get a solution for my problem yet.
So here is the scenario:

I am using an Intel i7 990X with a Intel DX58OG board.
Normally everything is running fine, there are no errors while running several check ups like MemTest or BurnIn Test. Even when the CPU is working at 100% the temperatures are fine.
But some specific stress test make the whole system freeze. All 12 threads are immediately at 100% load and the CPU fan is boosting up, while the cursor and everything else are frozen completely. The only thing I can do is to hit the reset button and after doing so I still have around 3 seconds of freeze and then the system restarts.
Could it be possible that there are any mechanisms causing the system to shut down at high load? I do not think this is a thermal issue.

Strange thing is that there is absolutely no overclocking, everything running on default, BIOS is up to date....
As I am using a CPU and mobo from the "Extreme" edition, I could easily raise voltages and stuff, if this would be helpful. But I need your advice with this ;)

Normally this would not bother me. Well at least I could live with it, but currently I have the same problem while playing some high end games, like Far Cry 3.

Any help would be appreciated,
Dave
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  1. Do you use the stock cooler and thermal paste?
  2. Nah, I am using an Dark Rock Advanced from be quiet. One of the reasons why I think it isn't a thermal issue.
  3. payturr said:
    Do you use the stock cooler and thermal paste?

    Nah, I am using an Dark Rock Advanced from be quiet. One of the reasons why I think it isn't a thermal issue.
  4. It has to be IMO - it wouldn't freeze up otherwise. Check CPU temps?
  5. payturr said:
    It has to be IMO - it wouldn't freeze up otherwise. Check CPU temps?

    Yes I do. I thought I already mentioned that above, sorry.
    Sometimes when the system freezes, the temps did not even hit the 50°C mark. The fans also run at the lowest RPMs, but when freezing, the CPU fan suddenly turns to 100%.
  6. Interesting. Very interesting. Did you run any system tests?
  7. payturr said:
    Interesting. Very interesting. Did you run any system tests?

    What kind of tests do you mean? I already mentioned some above, they were all passed. And when a stress tests causes an error, it won't be able to log it, as the whole system is down.
    I am watching the temps in real time, with different tools. This is interesting indeed.
  8. Tests like you know, if theres an error with your disk or RAM. The CPU is a 50 degrees right now?
  9. payturr said:
    Tests like you know, if theres an error with your disk or RAM. The CPU is a 50 degrees right now?

    The RAM is fine (I tested it :D ).
    While surfing the web, which means while the CPU is idle, the temps are around 30 degrees.
  10. IntelDave said:
    The RAM is fine (I tested it :D ).
    While surfing the web, which means while the CPU is idle, the temps are around 30 degrees.

    Try re-seating the heatsink?
  11. payturr said:
    Try re-seating the heatsink?

    You are a fan of thermal issues, aren't you? :D Did you get it? Fan?? Haha, omg :pt1cable:

    Alright, maybe I will do so, but the heat pipes are warm, which means the cooler is working as expected.

    Just did an other stress test. My system lasted exactly 9 seconds. :/
  12. xD Can never be too careful. If you have fresh Arctic Silver 5, that would help.
  13. payturr said:
    xD Can never be too careful. If you have fresh Arctic Silver 5, that would help.


    I will do it tomorrow. If it solves the problem, you won my full respect :D

    Oh and I have some Arctic Cooling MX-2. Not even opened. How much of it should I put on the CPU? Maybe it was too much last time?
  14. IntelDave said:


    Oh and I have some Arctic Cooling MX-2. Not even opened. How much of it should I put on the CPU? Maybe it was too much last time?



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_208226&feature=iv&src_vid=TnyoJtv9Cx0&v=-hNgFNH7zhQ
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