Hi there, hoping to get some idea’s / guidance on how to proceed with this issue.
Built a new Ryzen 3900x based system last year, dual booting linux and windows with linux being my daily driver. A few months after I initially built the PC it just wouldn’t turn on at some point… something shorted somewhere and despite being pretty familiar with PC’s neither my sysadmin buddy or myself could figure out what happened, but the PSU and motherboard were dead. No obvious signs of shorting anywhere and everything is sitting behind a UPS.
RMA’d both (gigabytes RMA process is a headache compared to corsair btw) and things seemed to be fine for several months again until yesterday and same exact thing, system doesn’t boot at all and no signs of life from either PSU or mobo… still in the process of pulling everything apart to figure out what happened but I am strongly suspecting I’ll get the same results.
The first time around I was messing with memory overclocks and the usual but nothing crazy or even serious beyond plugging in numbers from DRAM Calculator if I recall correctly. Second time around I’ve left everything untouched except turning on virtualization and default XMP.
The board I got back from Gigabyte the first time was a refurb (different board, serial numbers were different) and had some sort of film around the socket, it brushed off and I cleaned it up with alcohol, I think it was just a really sloppy thermal paste job when they were doing whatever tests on it before shipping it to me.
My questions are thus:
The obvious one, what could be happening here that I’m missing?
Should I just sell whatever they give me back from RMA (assuming this is the issue) and get a different manufacturer?
I haven’t really been keeping up with hardware, is Zen 3 having these issues or am I likely just an outlier? I do have two friends with Zen 3 that haven’t had any issues at all so I’m sure I’m just unlucky…
Am I being unreasonable for wanting to just ditch AMD and hop back on the Intel train? I know with the new Zen architecture all the manufacturers do their own implementations which has caused some to be (at least as of Ryzen 3 launch) significantly more reliable than others… I thought I had basically the widely regarded best motherboard for Ryzen 3, but clearly not. I have also seen various content creators suggest the motherboard manufacturers voltages are not always accurate (I forget what the report was exactly) and honoring what the CPU is requesting or something? Basically overvolting slightly for additional performance?
TLDR: Intel is a tried and true platform and while I love that AMD is back in the game in a big way and I want to support them, I don’t want to keep having this shadow over my head. Maybe there is some weirdness going on with my specific peripherals or just the motherboards themselves that the battle-hardened Intel 14nm would handle more gracefully.
The system details:
Bios was F11 second time around.
|CPU||[AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor]|
|CPU Cooler||[Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler]|
|Motherboard||[Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTER ATX AM4 Motherboard]|
|Memory||[Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory]|
|Storage||[Sabrent Rocket 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive]|
|Video Card||[Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB GAMING OC WHITE Video Card]|
|Case||[Corsair Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case]|
|Power Supply||[Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply]|
(long time lurker and fan of the youtube channel, sorry this is my first post!)