Description

About: I wanted something big and powerful; what better to shoot for than an over-the-top mostly extreme build? So I got home just as X99 released in September of 2014; ordered these parts and waited for the 980s to get in stock, then assembled the master piece.

Problems: So I attempted an overclock of 3.6GHz on the 5960x and tried setting XMP to match the factory G. Skill settings; I was able to boot a few times, but it would occasionally hang with Memory Initialization POST errors, so I dropped XMP to "Auto" and it worked, for the most part. Unfortunately, either the H100i that I bought or the thermal compound (which I left on it) isn't able to cool the 5960X properly for a 3.6GHz overclock. To make an unhappy camper even worse, I'm getting issues booting (cold or warm); POST codes are able to give me a general direction to go but I'm either getting Boot Device Initialization errors or USB Initialization errors, and sometimes Display Device Initialization errors; oh, and this is with all UEFI settings to "Optimized".

Partial Solution: Figuring it was a BIOS issue, I flashed the latest version, and it worked! - Kind of. I figured out that my Logitech G930 headset was giving me some boot issues, powered off but connected; weird but whatever.

More Problems: BIOS would still hang with devices (G19s & G602) connected, so I switched to BIOS #2, and the issues went away... for a week; then it all returned. Some USB devices are detected and some are not, switching USB ports on the back seem to help, so now I believe I'm working with a failing motherboard... but how?

Current status: My job has taken me away from my house and Thor for the next year or so; but I plan on getting to the bottom of the issues and upgrading & beautifying Thor, complete with 900D mods & full on liquid cooling.

Expected Update Date: June 2017

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build. Issues sound off with the Rampage 5 Extreme. The memory issues can be due to X99 being abit flaky at times with higher speed memory kits and all sticks filled, so manually tweaking the memory will usually help and increasing associated voltages.

Though in this case does sound like your motherboard is being weird, I would try defaulting the settings for the motherboard and work from base specs. The H100i should be able to manage the 5960x fine to about 1.2 volts with ease which is good for 4.2 ghz or so. May want to check that your voltages are not too high or anything as really 3.6 ghz and the temps normally at that level are well within the capability of a H100i.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

When I installed the H100i I used the 'stock' paste on it... and I'm wondering if the spread isn't even. Running Crysis I can feel the heat rising through the radiator and it gets quite hot.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of temps are you reaching exactly with the CPU? Feeling the heat is pretty normal from the radiator, effectively it's a concentrated heatsink emanating all the heat and with the heat x99 CPUs can chuck out when overclocked its pretty normal.

The paste may be bad. But it is working. I by the radiator being hot under load it shows that heat is transferring from the CPU through the thermal paste, into the water and then to the radiator. Crysis is also a very good game to check as its one of the few at times which can actually use all 8 cores on the 5960x which will result in a lot of heat also.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. Stock I'm seeing 60-65*C with no load and overclocked I can push 75-80C, no load. I'm glad the radiator is working, but it just worries me to feel that much heat being exhausted and still see these temps. But I do think the thermal paste could have been a bit better.

Regardless, I'll be doing a custom loop; so replacing the paste and upgrading to a 480mm rad (with push/pull configuration [which according to LTT doesn't do much]). So that may solve the problem.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

The mobo you have chosen has been reported to have issues. It seems odd for such problems to happen with asus but this mobo is a bit tricky when it came to USB ports and other hardware. If problems persist get a different brand's mobo. Hope this helps

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It does. I'll try to RMA it when I get home, but I may just have to eat the $$$ and settle for a new board... It still works, so I'm not overly concerned ATM.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

CaseLabs SMA8 > 900D

Rampage V Extreme 10th Edition > RVE

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

So do you think its the motherboard is the problem or the bios? I'm thinking of getting Rampage V for my third build, but after seeing your having problems with your 5960X it has me worried.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be either. The new BIOS hasn't fixed the issue so it's probably the board. It still works, so I'm not overly worried about it. I had a similar issue with my friend's build on an ASUS X99 Deluxe.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

...For spending that much buy a sleeved cable set plz

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's on the To-Do list when I get home.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

"My job has taken me away from my house and Thor for the next year or so;"

What do you do, if you don't mind.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I work for the United States Government :)

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