BehemothJackal wrote:Update 2/9/12
Got the new mobo in today. Same exact issues. 4 sticks of RAM infinite power on power off, 3 sticks goes through POST, but freezes at "Starting Windows" during Win 7 installation. Processor the culprit?
FIXED! RAM was the issue after all. There was one bad stick.
Argh. I'm sorry I wasn't in time to help you, alternately that I didn't read this in time to help myself.
I have a nice X58/i7-920 rig. Had problems with BSODs on an irregular basis, no consistency to it at all. Thought my mobo or CPU was going bad. RMAed my CPU and got it replaced, started a motherboard RMA. Got fed up, went out and bought a Core i5-2500K and P8Z68-V LX. In a semi-related note, I had run memtest86 and memtest86+ on many occasions, running for hours or even days without any errors.
Massive, constant issues, wouldn't POST reliably at any speed, underclocking CPU and RAM no change, got Windows installed (barely) and it immediately started failing piecemeal. Ended up returning the mobo and CPU and going back to my X58. Since I had a bunch of store credit to burn, bought my same ram, but a different packaging, 32GB for my upcoming LGA2011 rig. Now my X58 is much, much more solid. All I did was switch out my Crucial Ballistix CAS10 DDR3-1600 for CAS9. I did notice that the default IMC voltage is much lower (1.3V instead of 1.5V, versus 1.15V default).
Now I wish I'd kept the i5 at least, since that one would do 5GHz on a single core and 4.8GHz on all four. Should have swapped the RAM and kept the rest.
So I think the growing consensus is: If you have an Asus P8Z68 and it's having tons of trouble POSTing/booting/running, look to your RAM first.
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