I'm essentially encountering stuttering in games and some applications, despite my temperatures being fine and low usage of the components. My questions are: is this likely hardware as it is presenting itself on operating systems, over two drives? Also, what other tests can be performed to isolate where the issue may be?
Prior to all of this, I have had difficulties with the system since I purchased the parts, and built it. I have had 3 motherboard replacements due to hard freezing, which appears to have been a PCIe lane problem from PCIe Gen 3 on the board. This is now resolved.
I have also had a problem with my GPU throttling due to heat problems, this was replaced and considered a faulty part.
Description of Problem:
On every setup I have tried, games will encounter some form of short micro stutter. This lasts a short amount of time, and occurs at seemingly unknown* intervals. It can happen in a series of stutters, or not happen for over one hour. Once it begins, it is very noticable and prominent. The stutter will last approximately between 250ms to 1 second. I observe that the frametime will often spike, but not always.
This was tested on both Linux and Windows 10, on separate drives, with fresh installs, over multiple disks. This has been tested under 'diagnostic' conditions, whereby I have installed and updated my drivers, and disabled anything that is not required, nor unrelated to the task at hand.
There are no overclocks, though I have tested with stock speeds at higher voltage. And tested with overclocks. If anything, an overclock will help. Though, I am keeping it removed. This began before any overclocking took place.
I have attempted the following:
* Replaced components
* Reinstalling the OS (and trying Linux, on different HDD's/SSD's, and removing them when other drive is in use)
* Flashing BIOS
* AMD chipset drivers
* Updating Nvidia drivers (and removing old ones with DDU)
* Reseating components
* Removing peripherals and components until the bare essentials
* Resetting CMOS
* Reducing GPU power target
* Checking VRM temps
* Disabling drivers, and keeping the bare esential drivers required to run
* Checking LatencyMon -- sometimes ntoskrnl will spike, sometimes it wont. Sometimes I will have a high ISR latency, sometimes I wont.
* Monitoring voltage
* 3 different monitors, cables and display interfaces (DVI, HDMI and displayport)
* Disabled and uninstalled monitoring software
* Reduced graphics settings in both Nvidia Control Panel and games themselves (remember, it happens in some applications, too) -- VSync off and on
* Using Prime95 for stability at stock settings -- passes all torture tests
* Tried different power plans, with different CPU % settings
* Purchased a PSU tester, and it passes all the tests.
I also disable unnecessary services and processes on both operating systems.
I've replaced the board, the GPU, and almost every other component. I've removed the network card and disabled the wifi and bluetooth drivers. My temperatures are good. To the point where Prime95 will max out around 78C on the test that produces the most heat. The GPU rarely goes above 70C unless in stress testing, and averages at around 61C during load. CPU averages around 58C during load.
There appears to be no throttling, or no obvious sign in monitoring software when this takes place.
The voltages appear to be fine, and hit the target voltages.
I do not know what to monitor anymore. I am kind of at a loss for where to look.
Clearing 'Standby Memory' on Windows appears to help for a short period of time, so I would have assumed disk/ram. Though, yesterday when I 'undervolted' (reduced power target) my GPU, it also helped for a long period of time. This does not always work, though. Sometimes I can remove the stanby memory and it will still happen, just less so. I cannot find the cause.
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4-2400 Memory x 2 (16GB total)
Storage: Crucial - MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SC GAMING Video Card
Case: Thermaltake - Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte - GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter
Monitors: Acer - XF240H 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor x 2
Updated component list