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Stevey

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I'm thinking of upgrading my RAM from 16GB to 32GB, briefly searched on Amazon for Corsair 32GB DDR4 and it came back with a lot of results "optimized for AMD"?
Is that even a real thing?
I have an Intel 9700k
 

EdwardTivrusky

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Go to your motherboard home page and have a look at the memory compatibility chart, grab some product numbers and start from there.
That's just to make sure your don't get RAM sticks with incompatible timings etc which would probably force a downclock to stock timings instead of XMP.

I've never heard of "optimized for AMD" tbh so couldn't tell you. I suspect it's a marketing thing but related to the older Ryzens and memory compatibility issues but eh, hopefully someone else can tell you. I really doubt it's going to have any problems with your Intel chipset though.
 
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What hardware component is the likely culprit behind this crashing bug on my gaming PC:

If I am just logged into the windows 10 desktop the computer stays on for weeks/months without any crashes. No recurring crashing while playing a game, even if I do so for hours.

But when quitting games, there is a recurring crashing bug where my display goes black, podcasts that are playing through a youtube window stop playing, and the computer resets after one or two minutes. The only weird aspect when quitting games that I have noted is automatic switching between HDR mode, non-HDR and a black screen in other cases, where the switching eventually stops and I get control of my computer back.

GPU issue? (non-overclocked 3090)
CPU issue? (overclocked 9900k)
RAM issue? (overclocked 16gbs of ram)
Display issue? (ROG Swift PG35VQ)
Software issue? (reinstalled windows 10 a couple of days ago for other reasons, running windows 10 desktop in hdr mode)
 

EdwardTivrusky

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I'd use DDU and perform a clean GPU driver reinstall first. Just in case it's a driver issue.
 

Parsnip

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Does it happen every time, or occasionally, specific games or all games?
Have you looked in the event viewer after the reset to see if there's anything useful there?
 

d00d3n

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Does it happen every time, or occasionally, specific games or all games?
Have you looked in the event viewer after the reset to see if there's anything useful there?
It occurs occasionally, maybe 20% of game exits (or possibly slightly higher than that recently), but only in fullscreen games. It has happened in many different games, but I think all of the events have been in Steam (although I don't play many games in other launchers). Recently it has happened multiple times in It Takes Two and Horizon: Zero Dawn, the two games I have been playing recently.

I have not looked in the event viewer, but that is a good idea I guess.

The GPU driver should have been cleanly reinstalled when I reinstalled windows 10 a couple of days ago
 
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It occurs occasionally, maybe 20% of game exits (or possibly slightly higher than that recently), but only in fullscreen games. It has happened in many different games, but I think all of the events have been in Steam (although I don't play many games in other launchers). Recently it has happened multiple times in It Takes Two and Horizon: Zero Dawn, the two games I have been playing recently.

I have not looked in the event viewer, but that is a good idea I guess.

The GPU driver should have been cleanly reinstalled when I reinstalled windows 10 a couple of days ago
Do you have auto-hdr enabled? Was this happening before Window's auto HDR update? From your description, it kinda sounds like an HDR issue. You can try disabling HDR and see if the crashes still occur in the two games you've mentioned. It could also be an Nvidia Driver bug; in that case, you'd have to wait on Nvidia to fix it.
 

d00d3n

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Do you have auto-hdr enabled? Was this happening before Window's auto HDR update? From your description, it kinda sounds like an HDR issue. You can try disabling HDR and see if the crashes still occur in the two games you've mentioned. It could also be an Nvidia Driver bug; in that case, you'd have to wait on Nvidia to fix it.
No auto-hdr. That was why I reinstalled windows 10 actually, I did not like the test version of windows 10. It is a good idea to try to disable HDR, though.
 

Parsnip

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Best case, it's a driver issue and maybe a newest or older driver will fix it. There was a nvidia drive update just yesterday. Or maybe going back a few versions could solve it.
Worst case is naturally hardware, but it's hard to say where the issue is exactly since it stalls so completely and eventually reboots your entire system.
I assume your PSU is powerful enough for the 3090 and the overclocks?

Actually turning your OC's off on CPU or RAM or both is one thing you should definitely test for a bit since it's easy and see if it helps, Wouldn't be the first time an otherwise stable overclock would cause weird issues in a highly specific scenarios.
 
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The problem description and how specific the scenario is does make it seem like a software issue at the windows/driver level at first glance, but also I've seen very specific stability problems being traced back to hardware instability which only manifested in just one specific situation.

As Parsnip says, you could try disabling your OCs and maybe even lowering your 3090's power cap to see if that does anything. Of course, solving sporadic issues like this is always particularly hard since it's difficult to tell if your changes actually made a difference.
 
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TheTrain

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Alright, it's that time of the year again. I've to upgrade, this time its also a big upgrade. Its been 4 years that I don't touch anything...almost.
So, actually I've an I7 6700K, 1080Ti, 32GB DDR4. I want to change everything because one way or another I'll have a bottleneck somewhere.
I was looking for an AMD build with a nvidia gpu:
CPU: Ryzen 9 5900X
GPU: 3090 or 3080Ti
Mobo: MSI MEG X570 Unify (I want a mobo with bluetooth, at least 2 slot M.2 NVME)
Ali: At least 850W (I've a Corsair with 650W at the moment, its not enough. I've also 1 HDD, 1 Sata SSD and 1 M.2 at the moment)
RAM: I'll use the 32GB that I've already in this build
What do you say?
 

EdwardTivrusky

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Final Mouse are launching their new mouse "Legendary" on May 1st for $189.
Dread to think how much shipping and customs will be. Still i'll keep an eye on it as i'm always looking at funky mice and other input devices even if i'm not going to buy them.


  • 37 Grams & Next generation wireless
  • The Starlight-12 Chassis composed of Magnesium Alloy, the lightest Structural Metal on Earth
  • Latency Speeds faster than any wired/wireless mouse in existence
  • 2 Months of battery life
 

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Is it worth to upgrade my ryzen 1600 to a ryzen 3600? It's at 194€ right now
I'd say go for it if your 1600 is not keeping you at the level of performance you want, but I also dont know if you'd need a new mobo to take advantage or not. I guess, does your budget justify the jump?

Month two of waiting in the queue for a series 30x GPU. They've moved me up by one pip in the last month. Progress? Who knows.

See y'all in May, I guess.

What store/site is that?
 

Kvik

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What store/site is that?
PLE Computers, an Australian-based shop. It has the lowest price for this particular EVGA card (still marked up $200 AUD above SRP though).

 

Parsnip

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I ordered one 18tb hdd yesterday. RIP my wallet.
Going to see about possibly retiring some of my oldest and smallest drives. Or maybe I'll move them to an external thing and put them in raid. Or something.
 

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For some reason, some days, my Aorus Elite mobo has this red LED turned on. On the manual it says there's an issue with 'VGA', but I do have video signal on my monitor. When I reboot the light goes away. It doesn't happen every time, but I've never be able to find out why this happens. I'm sure I've seen this issue with another Gigabyte mobo I used to own.
 

gabbo

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For some reason, some days, my Aorus Elite mobo has this red LED turned on. On the manual it says there's an issue with 'VGA', but I do have video signal on my monitor. When I reboot the light goes away. It doesn't happen every time, but I've never be able to find out why this happens. I'm sure I've seen this issue with another Gigabyte mobo I used to own.
Have you tried unplugging the GPU and reseating it in the mobo?
 

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For some reason, some days, my Aorus Elite mobo has this red LED turned on. On the manual it says there's an issue with 'VGA', but I do have video signal on my monitor. When I reboot the light goes away. It doesn't happen every time, but I've never be able to find out why this happens. I'm sure I've seen this issue with another Gigabyte mobo I used to own.
I've seen this issue when the monitor is switched off while powering on the pc, turn the monitor on first and see if it's "solved" this way.