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[8700k] Short stutters / freezing with new hardware & updated software

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Recently about 1~ month ago I have bought new hardware for my pc.

The parts I initially bought:

-Intel i7 8700K

-ASRock z370 Extreme4

-G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 3200Mhz 2x8GB

-Scythe Mugen5 PCGH Edition

Since day one I have had microstutter / general stutter issues with my system, which are especially noticeable ingame. Everytime when there is 'load' such as loading a map/ui/trigger or event ingame then there will be a severe stutter/frametime spike

I have been on this issue since I have first installed the new hardware and even bought some other hardware to isolate the issue. I cant seem to find the problem.

Things I have tried:

-Reinstall Windows 10 (twice even)

-Install all the avaible drivers for motherboard / gpu

-Update bios to latest version (3.10)

-Disable C-states / XMP / Even tried running on default bios

-Changing voltages to a fixed setting (1.2)

-Updated firmware for SSD's

-Disabled all the Windows settings such as GameDVR and downloads

-Tried different power settings within Windows

-No other programs running besides the game and afterburner or hwmonitor

-Changed SATA cables

-Installed a new 750watt power supply

-RMA'd the GPU for a new one

-Tested the RAM with memtest, no errors

-Tested different games (CSGO seems to have major stuttering / frametime problems, but happens in every game).

Current full specs:

-Intel i7 8700K

-EVGA GeForce GTX1080 FTW Gaming 8GB

-G.Skill Ripjaws 3200Mhz 2x8GB

-ASRock Z370 Extreme4

-Scythe Mugen5 PCGH Edition

-Corsair RM750x (2018 version)

-Windows 10 64bit

At the moment im out of ideas what to try and the problems are still there. Really wondering if the new hardware I got might have some problems. I did not have these problems on my previous setup.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Community Manager

Hello, rakker25. I will be more than glad to assist you.



Let us try the following: Boot your system using the minimal configuration meaning just the motherboard, processor, a single stick of RAM, storage and power supply. Test some games in minimum and medium graphics setting. Double check if the issue is presented.


Then, please test this processor with a different motherboard and, if possible, test your motherboard with a different processor.


Finally, if you do not mind, I would like to have a video of the issue.




Antony S.
Community Manager

Hello, rakker25.



I would like to know if you still need assistance? If so, please do not hesitate to reply to this thread.




Antony S.