Question BSOD / freeze / crash on Windows boot (both USB and main), swapped most hardware without obvious change - any thoughts?


Nov 14, 2021
Hi all - any help here would be appreciated, I am at a loss and getting pretty dejected about this. I recently upgraded (Asus ROG Strix X570-E motherboard and Nvidia MSI RTX 3070) and now I can't seem to boot up. It doesn't appear to be the GPU, and while I'm eying the mobo with suspicion I'm not sure that' s it - this happened just a month ago when I had upgraded the CPU and motherboard (same parts but a CPU upgrade to 5800x and a X570-Pro motherboard) and then seemed to just go away for no discernable reason - was stable for a month but when I went to install the 3070, the motherboard tanked (not even trying to POST anymore). I do ground myself out and am comfortable with electronics, I had assumed it was just a build quality issue but now I am completely stumped.

Computer BSODs with various errors (Unexpected_kernel_mode_trap, IRQL_not_less_or_equal, KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED, system_thread_exception_not_handled, etc) pretty much the moment I start booting into Windows (crashes during or 1-2 seconds after boot process), regardless of where I'm booting from (USB or M.2 main drive). I can boot into memcheck (via UEFI compatible USB) without issue and run multiple full passes, though.

I was able to use EFI Shell to recover some minidump files (link here: Minidump).

Some things I've tried:
  • Everything in the stickied thread on BSODs, including:
  • Updated BIOS
  • Unplugging as much as possible to narrow down cause
  • Adding/removing RAM sticks and changing RAM slots
  • Disabling LAN/Wifi/Bluetooth/native NVMe drivers/etc in BIOS
  • Disabling Secure Boot (Asus board, so cleared all security keys)
  • Using different GPU
  • Using a different CPU
  • CMOS clear
Full system:
CPU | [AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor](
CPU Cooler | [Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler](
Motherboard | [Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard](
Memory | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 CL16 Memory](
Storage | [Sabrent Rocket 4.0 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive](
Video Card | [MSI GeForce RTX 3070 LHR 8 GB GAMING Z TRIO Video Card](
Power Supply | [SeaSonic FOCUS 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply](