After building 4 Crosshair and 3 Rampage II Extreme systems in the past, I was not expecting any issues with the Rampage III Extreme system I was building.
I built the system and it booted right up and I went into setup to check on cpu temp, since I was using a Corsair H70 to cool cpu. I let the system run in setup for 2 hours checking temps. H70 kept the cpu at 1 degree above room temp. I then started installing windows which installed succesfully with several reboots as required.
I then installed gpc drivers and other software. After about 5 hours of no issues install some more software which wanted to reboot. Reboot failed with not post beeps and I found that the Dram_q-led was on solid.
Thought i had bad stick of memory, tried 1 at a time with no change.
Moved all 3 sticks to a R2e system and had no problem with the memory.
Hardware as follows:
Kingston KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX = 3 x 4GB = 12GB
Corsair H70 h20 cooler for cpu
ASUS GTX580 DCUII gpu
Cosair ax1200 psu
Hitachi 2TB hd
Since the CPU passes its post and the cpu led goes green I have assumed that the 970 is not bad. Could be bad assumption.
SInce i cant get past post to get into setup i cant see what the bios level is or what settings it has used.
All settings should be stock as I changed nothing.
Suspect that it reset to defaults which are not correct for memory sticks.
Or else the memory controller on CPU has been toasted.
I have measured the following voltages while stuck at dram q-led:
QPI/DRAM 1.16 This one is 0.04 below the nominal value in manual.
All are nominal except the qpi/dram value.
Very reluctant to drop another cpu as it might get toasted also.
Off course clr cmos does not help nor does switching to other bios.
Any help or Ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.