So I was doing a Ryzen 1600 build…
Selected an inexpensive ASRock B350 board, DOA…
Great rebate on an X370 ASRock Killer board, cheaper than other brands B350 so jumped on it. Afterwards people here warned me others have had issues with this board. Assembled, loaded windows, ram posted at rated 3200 speed. Overclocked to 3.7 with slight voltage boost. Past AIDA64 for a couple hours.
Next day started loading wife’s specified programs and on reboot, black ASRock screen and unresponsive. After email discussion with ASRock they recommended RMA the board. Because of the good deal, I asked Newegg for a replacement. New board, same issue.
Now I jumped through all the normal hoops with ASRock, different ram, PSU, GPU and no joy with the first Killer board.
Frustrated I went to local brick and motar and purchased another board in price range. A MSI B350 Pro Carbon. It has boot lights. CPU posted, passed through to ram, then stuck on VGA which is normal if running discrete. Black screen and nothing.
So back to the brick and mortar, this time I bought a CPU, Ryzen 1700 as they were out of 1600s. I put it in the Killer board as I still had it and bingo. Success. It is now at wife’s work running perfectly and she loves it.
Now I have an extra board and will do another build after I get replacement CPU from AMD. That MSI board is a nice board.
So Ryzen 1600 died after less than two days.
Moral of the story… it is not always the motherboard. Or ram on Ryzen. And the CPU can post but fail.
I was lucky that parts were not an issue and could afford them. I had spares around to do most troubleshooting. Now I have an excuse to build another PC. I feel for those who get stuck in the same situation that don’t.