Question CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT BSOD while playing games ?

Dec 16, 2021
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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 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_w-p1CuxDRK_Nw9ijho0f3YUksUdi26P/view?usp=sharing. 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 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z4d_g2AlQbEQsCIok44BJM48NwP4RpVC/view?usp=sharing

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
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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.
 

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