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WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR on Gigabyte x299 and Skylake-X [SOLVED]

Written on September 21, 2017 by Chad Warmenhoven
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Many users are currently experiencing a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR (BSOD) when using Adobe products on the Gigabyte x299 motherboard and Skylake-X processors. 

Common configurations:

Gigabyte x299 Aurus - BIOS v. F7m

Skylake-X Intel Core i7 7820X


Update 9/22/17

Our current solution is below along with clarification as to why this works. 

Please follow these steps and let us know if you have any trouble/questions along the way, we are here to help. 
1. Please restart the computer and enter the BIOS using the F2 key on the keyboard - start repeatedly pressing/releasing F2 after you hear the POST beep
2. Using the keyboard arrow keys, under the "M.I.T." tab navigate to "Advanced Voltage Settings" and hit enter
3. Navigate to "CPU Core Voltage Control" and hit enter
4. Highlight "Internal CPU Vcore" then use the +/- keys to adjust settings
- Internal CPU Vcore: 1.200V
- Adaptive Mode: Enable
5. Navigate to the "Save & Exit" tab
6. Highlight "Save & Exit Setup" and hit enter - confirm any prompts

It appears that a recent Adobe update calls for more power from the CPU, almost as though it desires an overclock in order to function correctly with these hardware configurations. Customers whose system is already overclocked likely won't encounter the WHEA error for that reason but those that do not opt for an overclock will need to apply the voltage change in order to rectify the BSOD. 

When you change the CPU voltage please follow our suggestions as CPU damage can result from an incorrect voltage adjustment. Additionally, a few of our users along w/ many people on the forums have reported that adjusting AVX offset but we would advise against this. Changing the AVX settings makes numerous (on-demand) changes to CPU clock, multiplier, voltage and core clock which only introduces more failure points when the voltage is the only adjustment needed. If the AVX setting is adjusted your system which has been carefully configured may become unstable and may even produce more heat which would increase fan speeds to compensate; your fans would get much louder and overall temperatures could effect system performance. The AVX change is also not a complete fix as it only applies when applications actively running AVX instruction sets.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to the Puget Systems support staff. 

Email: Support@pugetsystems.com

Phone: (425)458.0273

Posted 9/21/17

The error is reproducible when under heavy load and we are currently researching a solution. We will update this article as new information becomes available. The error is causing critical failures and BSODs. We are currently consulting with Intel and Adobe as well as our internal labs department in an effort to find a solution as quickly as possible. 

We encountered this error during our internal testing of the Gigabyte x299 boards and Gigabyte released a hotfix addressing it, unfortunately we don't think it was enough and therefor did not fully resolve. We are most heavily focusing on BIOS voltage changes and will include a full tutorial if that fix is successful. 

The error typically presents when using Adobe products under heavy load with varying circumstances and is reproducible for many of our customers. We are currently unable to reproduce with our current testing/bench-marking but have numerous reports from customers when using the following software: Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects and Lightroom. 

If you are currently experiencing any BSODs related to this issues and are running the aforementioned software/hardware please check back frequently for an update. 

 

We will continue to update this article as new information presents. 

Tags: Software, Hardware, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom, Skylake-X, Motherboards
TheRealLagmaster

I also use my PC for gaming and have this CPU and MB combo and was really confused at why Count strike Global offensive was crashing and coming up with this error but this seems to have fixed it all that was happening when launching CS:GO it would crash right away before even loading the intro video but now im able to play again TY.

Posted on 2017-10-04 14:52:18
David Kutz

THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!;
I work with very large Photoshop files - some exceeding 40GB. PS ran normal for small files, but I could not load a big one without getting a WHEA...BSOD. I followed your instructions for changing the Internal CPU Vcore to 1.200V. I'm still testing, but it looks like it is working!!! THANKS!!! My new system is:
Win10 x 64
Intel Core i9-7940X Skylake
GIGABYTE AORUS X299 AORUS Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0)
BIOS: F5

Posted on 2017-11-14 16:12:04

Got the same proble whit an alienware area 51 R4 (x299) and i9-7980XE cpu. But not only in after effect but when rendering with 3dsmax/V-Ray too. I will try increasing cpu vcore and setting adaptive mode on if I can do it in my bios.

Posted on 2017-11-24 17:54:51

Hey I just wanted to thank you for publishing this solution on your website, it works for me and I can see many people on Intel forum, Adobe forum, etc all having the same problem so I sent them the link to your website! I think you will save many people a lot of time!

One thing: after that I wanted to overclock my cpu a bit more but the bsod were back so I then used the avx offset too and the bsod are gone again! But would it be better to increase even more my voltage instead of using avx offset if I want to overclock?

Posted on 2017-11-26 15:44:50