After building and installing Windows 10 (64-bit, Anniversary update), I get frequent and very quick freezing/stuttering. I can just move the mouse back and forth on the desktop, or more easily see it by playing a YouTube video or a game. Only pattern I've noticed is it happens when first starting up/logging in (mouse lags on desktop) or within the first few moments of playing a YouTube video. No CPU, memory, or temperature issues when this happens.

Here's a short video showing the issue while playing a YouTube video.

Parts list

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FDb76X Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/FDb76X/by_merchant/

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: Asus PRIME Z270-AR ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card
  • Case: Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Power Supply: SeaSonic 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
  • Monitor: Acer XB270HU bprz 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor
  • Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard
  • Mouse: Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse

Things I've tried

  • Flashed BIOS to latest.
  • Loaded BIOS defaults.
  • Performed Windows Memory Diagnostic (no problems).
  • Tried with built-in Realtek HD audio disabled in BIOS.
  • Disabled Nvidia HD Audio device.
  • Disabled Windows indexing on drives.
  • Set power profile to High Performance.
  • Verified SATA controller in AHCI mode.
  • Verified up-to-date firmware on SSDs.
  • Verified no SMART issues.
  • Tried different DDR4 3000 memory.
  • Tried different video card (my old GTX 970)
  • Tried different SSD/HDD.
  • Tried different PSU.
  • Tried with mobo and GPU drivers.
  • Tried WITHOUT any additional drivers after a fresh reinstall.
  • Installed pending Windows Updates.
  • Disconnected all USB except for KB/mouse

Relevant photos

Build picture Temps and Performance tab


1 Answer 1


After calling ASUS support, I ended up returning and exchanging the motherboard for a new one.

  • On your computer the memory controller is not located on the motherboard but rather on the processor itself.
    – Muh Fugen
    Mar 13, 2017 at 20:25
  • Im having the exact same problem. Did replacing mobo fix your issue?
    – ben
    Jul 9, 2017 at 10:18
  • @ben yes, I ended up replacing the board.
    – moribvndvs
    Jul 10, 2017 at 5:21

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