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[FIXED] Watchdog DPC Violation Error with Multiple NVIDIA GPUs

Written on May 11, 2018 by Ken Colorossi


Recently we have been seeing an issue in our support department with a specific hardware combination: the Asus X99E-10G WS motherboard and triple or quad NVIDIA GPU configurations. When running a workload that is heavy on both the CPU and GPUs, systems with this hardware can crash and give the DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error or "blue screen of death" (BSOD).

We have created an instructional video to guide users through resolving this problem by reverting to an older NVIDIA graphics driver and then preventing Windows from automatically updating to a newer version. We are also currently coordinating with NVIDIA on a permanent fix. Updates will be published to the article as they become available.


Final Update 9/10/2018 [SOLUTION]

We have identified a solution that mitigates the DPC errors and while it does not completely solve the problem, in all testing the systems are significantly more stable with fewer crashes. If you need to update to the newest NVIDIA driver in order to run a particular application then this adjustment will help you. If you do NOT need to update in order to run an application we would advise against deploying the adjustment. The adjustment involves editing the registry so at this time we are not releasing a detailed guide however we are releasing an executable that will perform the registry edits for you.

Please navigate HERE and download the files to your affected computer. Once downloaded, run the application to perform the adjustment.

Alternatively, if you have any questions or prefer our Puget Systems Support staff perform the adjustment please don't hesitate to reach out; we are here to help!


Update 6/13/2018

Nivida has stated that the watchdog BSOD w/ multi GPU on X99-E 10G WS is now a "blocking issue", which means they cannot release a new driver unless it contains a fix.


Update 5/24/2018

With the release of new drivers Nvidia has removed the 382.53 driver from their list. You can access the download from the Nividia database here


Update 5/15/2018

Currently Nivida has been able to replicate this issue in their lab and are working on a solution.

How to install NVIDIA Graphics Driver v382.53

The video is embedded below but if you would prefer to read the instructions rather than watch it you can .


We hope you found the video above helpful!

If you do not own a Puget System, but are experiencing this issue and need assistance, please go here to submit a help request with NVIDIA directly. You may also want to contact the manufacturer of your system for additional support.

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Tags: Windows, BSOD, Asus, X99E-10G WS, NVIDIA, Multi, GPU, DPC, Watchdog, Violation, Fix, Solution, Video
David Houston

Yeah unfortunately this is not a good fix when you use software that requires the newest Nvidia drivers.

Posted on 2018-05-18 00:36:50
Dark Matter

I'm affected by this issue too. Unable to use Vray RT and Octane Render. Both need newer driver than 382.53. Very sad this problem is going on for 6 months now. Nvidia please wake up. Thanks Puget to make Nvidia acknowledge the problem.

Posted on 2018-06-11 22:01:54
Dark Matter

Thank Puget Systems for taking care of this problem and giving us this update! I really hope the problem will be fixed soon !

Posted on 2018-06-15 17:57:02

Any update on this? New nVidia driver does not contain the fix and still lists this issue as Unresolved.

Posted on 2018-06-26 16:37:21
Dark Matter

New Nvidia Driver has been released and the bug is still in the Known Issue. So apparently Nvidia didn't think it was a "blocking issue". That is really frustrating.

Posted on 2018-06-26 18:01:37
Ken Colorossi

Hello. Nvidia did publish a new driver that did not resolve the issue. However, we have been conducting internal testing and have found that the new driver + a specific registry edit DOES resolve the issue. We are working on putting together detailed instructions for implementing this fix. Please stay tuned in to the article for an update in the next couple of days

Posted on 2018-06-26 21:59:53

Hi!, if you are talking about TDR Delay it didnĀ“t fix the issue for me

Posted on 2018-06-27 13:59:22
Dark Matter

Thank you Ken. Looking forward to test it.

Posted on 2018-06-27 18:09:31

Thanks Kens. Really hope this works!

Posted on 2018-06-28 07:07:14
Dark Matter

Ken, do you have any update? We're are hanging on your words

Posted on 2018-06-29 18:00:11
Ken Colorossi

Thank you for your Inquires everyone. We are still working on our internal testing and hope to have something for you very soon. Our current solution is not yet stable enough for public release.

Posted on 2018-06-29 18:54:44

I need a favor from someone using an x99-e 10g ws motherboard. I have been dealing with an sli issue on this particular motherboard for awhile and I do believe it is related to the PLX chip found on the board. I have rma'd the videocards, the motherboard and the memory. At this point I am ruling the memory and the videocards out. As for my request, can someone please SLI two (no more, no less) nvidia cards on this motherboard on slots one and five (cannot be any other slots) using the MOST RECENT drivers and tell me if they get any crashes, errors etc. I only ask for this to be done as I currently have two GTX 1070s in slots one and three (liquidcooled and the linking block only spans that far) and I am wondering if I sli the two cards across slots one and five (hence each card will be operating on a different PLX chip) will the issue cease. Currently I am limited to using only nvidia driver 382.53 (its the only one that works, no crashes, errors, BSODs). Without the latest drivers installed a lot of current games will not recognize my second videocard, some games wont even start (GTA V). Also I am using Windows 10 64 bit. Thanks guys.

Posted on 2018-07-09 15:39:31

The registry script above did not set my GPUs correctly in MSI mode. I found the MSI utility v2 linked here doing a better job.


It did not fix my problem nonetheless.

Posted on 2018-07-16 00:29:03