Question CLOCK WATCHDOG TIMEOUT while playing games

Dec 16, 2021
(cross-posting from the Systems forum because I just realized now that this forum was more appropriate)

Hey there!

I got a new MSI prebuilt a month ago. It did run into a couple of BSODs but those went away after I did a clean update of the graphics driver using DDU.

Recently I've been getting the BSODs again from time to time, always the same one, CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT. Temperatures were fine while gaming, so I don't think it's an overheating issue.

If it means anything, I noticed the CPU was using a boost clock speed of 4600 MHz. Also, when the system crashes, the pixels on the screen would sometimes freeze and produce something like this Sometimes it would show the usual BSOD screen. This makes me think perhaps it's a GPU issue as well?

Here are the dump files

Here are my specs:
  • CPU: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11700KF @ 3.60GHz (16 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
  • Mobo: Z590 PRO WIFI [CEC]
  • GPU: GeForce RTX 3080
  • 16 GB of RAM
Any troubleshooting tips are appreciated, thank you in advance!!
Nov 4, 2021
I have a problem just like yours except mine crashes even when I’m not playing games 😥if you go to bios, disable c-states, and turn on xmp1, go to your manual ram clock speeds and set them down about 100-300 mhz less than their maximum speed. If the problem goes away, don’t think you fixed it. I did this and a week later I assumed the problem was gone and the next day the blue screen was back
Dec 16, 2021
Thanks for the reply! I went ahead of updated the chipset driver to the latest version as per some of the other threads, which seemed to be doing ok for my last gaming session.

I agree that it's pretty frustrating how this BSOD comes and goes infrequently. I had a whole month without issues until it crept up again. If the chipset driver doesn't solve it, I'll go for your other suggestions.