After months of waiting for two motherboard RMA's, I am still having issues with my computer.
High CPU load. (Example video.) I did reset the system to test if it was some program bogging things down, but I still got the same results.
Low GPU load, maximum being 50% even on stress tests (10-20 FPS in Valley).
My computer boots perfectly, etc. It is just extremely slow, comparable to a 2011 laptop that is only worth $200 now.
Gigabyte Z97 SOC
Gigabyte G1 970
4x4 G. Skill Ares
What I have done so far:
Complete reset of Windows (slight performance boost)
Tested PSU (works fine)
Tested GPU (works fine)
Tested RAM (works fine)
Because of the software reset, I think it is a hardware issue, and with the narrowing-down, I would say specifically motherboard or CPU. My partner has a near-identical computer with a 4690k and z97 mATX mobo. I know there are some issues running different CPUs on the same OS copy. Seeing that they are so close in family/architecture, is it possible to replace my CPU with hers to see if my CPU is broken? Or should I not worry about that at all if my computer is booting fine?
Also, I had to RMA this mobo twice. The first time it was broken after 2 months. The second, it broke after an hour as the "new" motherboard was actually a refurbished one. Could it be likely that this latest motherboard is also failing on me? I believe it was actually new, unlike the first replacement.
I don't know if this is worth mentioning, but I got a BSOD with error code "Memory_management" randomly today while idling the computer. The only processes were some downloads of games, as I had to reset the whole thing. Not sure if that is significant.
I would love some thoughts. Tom's Hardware has only gotten me generic "check your processes" responses. I would dearly love to not have to RMA something, but if I do I want it to be the right product, or not at all if it is this mobo. This model is giving me too much trouble to RMA one more time if it is once again the culprit.