Round about a year ago, my computer started to perma hang/freeze while my ASUS cpu monitor was throwing temp alerts. I was using and H115i AIO that was less than a year old at that point mounted above the pump/hoses at the top of the case. I took out the AIO and made sure the RAD was perfectly clear, and it was. I removed and reapplied TIM and reseated the pump head. No change in the temp readings, warnings, or hangs. I checked the mount around the CPU for damage or warping and found none. Pump block of AIO is seated perfectly on the CPU. I tried applying TIM in the size of a BB all the way up to the size of a little more than a pea. None of it made any difference. I went out and got a new H115i and went through the same spiel, and still, same results. I decided to keep the new H115i AIO just in case. I uninstalled Corsair Link and ASUS CPU monitor and the hangs seemed to subside (for the most part).
2 days ago, my PC started to hang / freeze again. When I reset my PC, POST would halt for CPU over temp warning of 80 deg C. PC wouldn't boot in that state. Again, I went through my PC, it was **bleep** near spotless with really good airflow. I re-cleaned / sprayed-clear my AIO RAD and reseated it again with no change.
I went into the BIOS and turned off temp warnings which allowed me to boot into windows 10.
I ran Open HW Monitor and captured this screenshot at idle sitting in windows.
Is my processor toast?
I've built near 100 gaming PCs in my time, and never had I had this issue. I figured the pump plate wasn't making good contact, but its not that. I figured maybe the TIM was done, or maybe an air pocket developed, so I replaced that, but no change. Figured my AIO was bad, so I replaced that, no change.
I know the CPU is 8 years old now, but I've only ever seen CPU's die. I've never seen temp issues like this.
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- Do you get any BSOD prior to the system crash? Or the computer will freeze stop working with no working. In case you get a BSOD please provide the error message.
- Did you make any changes in the voltage or frequencies of the processor?
- Are you working with BIOS defaults settings?
- Have you test another compatible processor on your build? If so, does the behavior persists?
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- Do you get any BSOD prior to the system crash? Or the computer will freeze stop working with no working. In case you get a BSOD please provide the error message. NO. it is always a system hang. The screen will freeze on its current frame and it will stay that way until computer reset.
- Did you make any changes in the voltage or frequencies of the processor? NO. Stock settings.
- Are you working with BIOS defaults settings? YES but 2 settings changed. My SATA config switched from AHCI to RAID, and Asus has an 'AI Tweaker' page where I turned the 'AI Overclock Tuner' to MANUAL instead of AUTO. This keeps my processor from overclocking. With set to AUTO, will almost always prevent boot for CPU temp warning.
- Have you test another compatible processor on your build? If so, does the behavior persists? I do not have another LGA2011 CPU to test with.
Thank you so much for the information provided.
After reviewing the report attached the BIOS version of your motherboard caught my attention.
I can see that the BIOS is dated for year 2013 so there might be a newer BIOS available for your motherboard.
Keeping your system up to date in terms of BIOS/Firmware may improve the system performance and stability.
I would strongly recommend contacting your motherboard manufacturer for guidance on this process and update your BIOS to the latest version.
You can find the latest BIOS for your motherboard here.
Additionally, I would like to share with you the following article:
There you can find really useful recommendations to avoid overheating and troubleshooting tips.
If you notice any improvement in your system performance after the update of the BIOS please let me know.
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