Question CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT BSOD while playing games ?

Dec 16, 2021
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!!
Jan 7, 2022
check cpu voltage, how many psu cables are powering your cpu and are on your mb? i am rocking ryzen 5 5600x and have random crashes while playing rdr2 and other cpu/gpu heavy games - random freezes and restarts. bought a new psu and noticed that i have 1x 8pin and 1x 4pin cpu connector on my mb. will have to verify the issue but i suspect that undervoltage or not enough wattage might have been the culprit. my cpu also boosts to higher frequencies.