4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 5, 2012 4:29 AM by rootheday

    Direct3D / WinSAT Freeze - HD 2000 / I3 2100T - Clean Win7 x64 Install


      I just completed a new build with following components and get constant terminal freezing with integrated Intel GPU within 10 seconds of starting WinSAT / Windows  Experience Index or playing video that uses GPU decoding. Sytem reboot is required.


      Processor = Intel i3 2100T

      MB = Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z (Z68 chipset)

      RAM = 8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL  (QVL memory for MB)

      Clean Win7 x64 install. Installed all Windows updates first then installed Intel HD Graphics Drivers


      I have tried three different versions of the Win7 x64 Intel HD Graphics drivers: as provided by Asus, and from the Intel Download center but all of them still cause a freeze within 10 seconds of starting the WinSAT / WEI Direct3D 9 Aero Assessment.


      Seems to be almost certainly a GPU driver issue. I've tested the RAM with Memtest 86+ and Prime95 and have verified RAM Timings and RAM  Voltage are correct in BIOS too. Everything works fine if I use the stock Win7 VGA drivers with the HD2000 GPU...though there is no Direct3D Test obviously. In frustration I installed a dedicated GPU PCI-E card (nVidia 7600GT) and again everything tests out fine in WinSAT and Direct3D.


      The Motherboard only has an HDMI out, but I've also tried 2 different HDMI cables and connecting to two different LCD TVs one via HDMI / and one via and HDMI to DVI cable.


      I bought this MB because it was one of the few that had an Intel Network chip, thinking going all Intel parts was a safer option. However it amazes me that I can't get the Intel HD2000 GPU to work on a clean Win7 install.