Intel has identified an issue that potentially affects the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ family of products. This issue only occurs under certain complex workload conditions, like those that may be encountered when running applications like Prime95. In those cases, the processor may hang or cause unpredictable system behavior. Intel has identified and released a fix and is working with external business partners to get the fix deployed through BIOS.
Additional information: Simple instructions for freezing a Skylake Processor.
I have exactly the same problem. Allways when browsing i get bluescreens or freezes. Some other aplications crashing too.
I tried other RAM, HDDs (SSD, M2) , i bought a new PSU, fresh install, internal/ external GPU, different BIOS Settings/ Versions, nothing helped.
Gigabyte X170z Gaming 3-EU , BIOS F5m
Geforce GTX 970
G.Skill RipJaws 4 DIMM Kit 16GB, DDR4-3000
Gigabyte Support told me i have to check my CPU
The so-called Prime95 bug (technically: a bug in the AVX (256-Bit Advanced Vector Extensions) instruction set on the Skylake microarchitecture platform), which Allan is referring to, is one of various possible causes for freezes users of the Skylake platform and its associated chipsets, namely the Z-170 chipset, have experienced and reported over the last few months (just do a Google search on the topic - you'll find plenty of threads in various forums where the issue is being discussed).
While the Prime95 bug has been addressed and - according to Intel - fixed with a Microcode patch (version 0x74 or later) that has to be installed either via a BIOS update, or alternatively on OS level at runtime via a respective driver (VMWare provides one on their website), this fix hasn't solved the freezing problems for many users, and little authoritative information is available about other possible causes for those freezes.
According to reports from affected users, it looks like the issue is independent of the OS platform; certain combinations of motherboard models / memory (RAM) brands/models / other connected hardware (PSU, SSD, USB devices, to name a few), and BIOS settings (specifically power saving related ones), seem to exhibit the problem. Motherboards with the Z-170 chipset seem to be particularly affected in this respect.
All things considered, it seems to me that it could be a hardware incompatibility and/or chipset issue, but of course that's just an assumption on my part.
To my knowledge, there's no official statement by Intel or any other hardware manufacturer so far concerning the issue beyond the one regarding the Prime95 bug.
So if you have ruled out the possibility of being affected by the Prime95 bug by having applied the Microcode patch, and are still getting freezes, all you can hope for at the moment is that Intel along with motherboard manufacturers will release some additional information about, and hopefully offer a fix for, this issue soon.
i rma the proc and they said it was good
the only thing that i havent tested yet is the ram
the ram that im not using is not on the QVL
how do i check if ram module is same
i asked gigabyte support and it feels like asking a robot they just always link the qvl of mobo
are they same or diff?
CMK16GX4M4A2400C14 (this one is on the qvl of the mobo)
thanks for answering
Should be modules of the same type, the difference is the kit's size:
CMK8GX4M2A2400C14 = Vengeance® LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz C14 Memory Kit
CMK16GX4M4A2400C14 = Vengeance® LPX 16 GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400 MHz C14 Memory Kit
Note, however, that in rare cases systems behave differently depending on the amount of available RAM slots on the motherboard being utilized.
For example, if the board has four, but only two are being utilized, you might have to install the modules in specific slots. Check the board's manual, it should contain respective instructions - if not, search the net or use a trial & error approach to find out.
I have the same proc and problem as you.
I tried to install the latest intel graphical drivers, and while it did not fully fix the freezing, it did make the system more stable.
My problem seemed to have been a bit extra problematic (after the new drivers, NOW I have the symptoms other have, before I had it worse), so it might help you out more then it did me.
Worth a shot until you wait for the RAM (don't forget to restart your PC, just ih case).
Of course, this applies Intel graphics (as I use the iGPU) so if you have anything else, try to see if they have new drivers.