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I have an old computer with the X58 chipset that started randomly freezing and rebooting after I upgraded to Windows 10.

This is the component list:

  • Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 motherboard
  • Core i7 950 with Akasa Nero 2 Air Cooler
  • 24 GB of Kingston DDR3 1333
  • 120 GB OCZ Agility 2
  • 1 TB Samsung disk
  • 600w OCZ PSU 80 PLUS (OCZ600SXS)

I tested all the possible variations of my components:

  • removed the GTX 660 and tested with a GT 210 to check if it was the GPU
  • stressed test with prime95 for 10h on Windows 10 and it passed all the tests, temps stable at 70/71º C, drawing 290w maximum from the wall (measured with a kill-a-watt)
  • removed a 1tb 7200RPM disk without sucessess

Could the problem be the SSD? The smart test says it's ok, but since it's a very old drive that only supports SATA2, I was wondering if Windows 10 is somehow incompatible with it. Could that be the cause?

  • I'm sure it's possible but hard to know for sure...have you checked your drive's SMART info? I like CrystalDiskMark – wysiwyg Apr 19 '17 at 19:07
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    Windows Event Viewer might have some events you can Google. I never bought an OCZ SSD, but they have a utility which might give you more information : ocz.com/us/download/ssd-utility . Time consuming test : Try swapping the SSD for a spare HD, and installing the OS to that. If it works, you know what the problem component was. – Christopher Hostage Apr 19 '17 at 19:43
  • I have owned a few OCZ SSDs over the years, they're a very early generation of drive and almost all of the drives I bought have died over the years. If you have a spare SSD somewhere, use it and see if there's any difference. – Dave Lucre Apr 19 '17 at 22:12
  • Just checked CrystalDisk and it says the health status is "Good 100%" and the drive has 8896 GB total reads and 8128 GB total write. I couldn't download the OCZ tool (apparently it's no longer available), but I remembered I used it in the past to update the drive firmeware. – holiveira Apr 20 '17 at 1:22
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    I decided to test a theory about the AHCI driver in Windows 10. I saved an image of the drive as a backup and changed the BIOS from SATA AHCI to SATA IDE and performed a clean installation of Windows, the same version I had before. So far it's going ok, I ran prime95 for the past two hours, updated windows, watched a few 4k videos on YouTube without any problems. I will test for the next days to see if the AHCI setting was the issue. – holiveira Apr 20 '17 at 1:26

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