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BSOD (133) DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION while gaming with 2 different RTX 4070 Ti on ROG STRIX Z790-F WIFI

Level 9

I want to start talking about first issue that I face right in the same week I got this motherboard (from november 2022)

Sometimes on bios settings when I click "last modified" to see what settings it will be saved when save and quick bios, the PC will turn OFF intantly and turning ON again itself, but on windows event viewer I got WHEA ID 1.

I was able to reproduce it many times with exactly same syntoms, PC turn OFF and ON with WHEA ID 1 on event viewer.

This happaned with 0703, 0813, 0816 and dont know if happaned now with 1303 cuz im not really trying to reproduce it again.

Well I just ignored this issue since it was happaning on bios but now seems that is related to my actual issue in some way.



While playing I got PC freeze and system restart after about 30 seconds than I got the BSOD code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION and the WHEA ID 1 at the same time when this freeze ocurs. 

The issue happening totally random after long gameplay seasson (like 3 to 5 hours or more)First 2 it was on Division 2, and the last 2 it was on Destiny 2


It happaned with 0813 and 1303 always same syntoms, same BSOD with same WHEA ID 1


Below you can see more detailed history of my issue:


This was on february 2023 that after 1 month that I bought the 4070Ti, I got a BSOD (code 133) dpc watchdog violatio, I did a fresh install of windows 10 just in case, and the second day after, I just got another same BSOD pointing at nvlddmkm.sys , so I tought maybe the GPU is broken and I request a warranty for the GPU and they accepted it and sending me a brand new GPU same model, but different serial number it was totally new, so far so good for like 5 months until few days ago that I got another exactly same BSOD.


Is here where I tough something wrong it has to be because this is a new GPU and I got the same BSOD so I did updated the motherboard bios from 0813 to 1303.

After 5 days buum, again anothe same BSOD, same code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION, but this time it dosent point to nvlddmkm.sys, but on ntkrnlmp.exe and also to mpksldrv.sys


Here is a easy way to track the issues

  1. First BSOD (february 15) code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION, PC freeze while gaming and restarted itself after about 30 to 60 seconds

  2. Second BSOD (february 16) code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION exactly same syntoms

I had motherboard version bios 0813 but after first BSOD I did fresh windows 10 installed

3) Here I got a brand new GPU same model and it was totally fine for like 5 months

4) Third BSOD (10 september) code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION exactly same symtoms PC freeze and restart after about 30 to 60 seconds. Poiting to ntkrnlmp.exe

5) Fourth BSOD (15 september) code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION exactly the same, but this time poiting to ntkrnlmp.exe and also to mpksldrv.sys


So 4 BSODs same code 133 DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION sometimes pointing at ntkrnlmp.exe, sometimes at nvlddmkm.sys and mpksldrv.sys but have to say the GPU it has been replaced dont know if coincidence or what but each GPU got 2 times BSOD.


As this issue I tought it was fixed after I RMA my RTX4070 Ti, cuz working fine for 5 months so I did not paying more atention and testing anything else since it was working great, but looks like it has to be other thing that trigger my PC to freeze and not the GPU.

I read that most likely any kind of DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION its related to drivers and not hardware dirrectly, I have to say in all this time of 5 months I DDU nvidia drivers everytime a new driver released so I tested many of them.


My SSD firmwares are up to date, my nvidia driver is up to date, my MB drivers are up to date, bios included.



So do you guys know what else it can be for this BSOD ?


Level 8

Maybe it's connected somehow with PCIE settings, I've seen a lot of messages about such kind of bsods and people fixed it with switching from auto to fixed value.

Level 9

You mentioned you did a fresh windows install. What RGB/Fans/Peripherals do you own and did you also install their respective software? iCue, Synapse, Armory Crate (which I think might get installed automatically unless turned off in the bios? or at least a version of it), L-Connect are a few examples.


Hello BenchAndGames

In the bios, Advanced tab, Platform Misc Configuration - Set PCI Express Native Power Management to Disabled.

This should at least stop the WHEA error.

PCIE Native power management.png

Yeah I had an issue related to bios setting with a Strix Z690-E. And while it may be different with the Z790 boards. With mine and most I saw others report using some Google Fu, where non-stop WHEA errors as soon as Windows loaded. So not sure if disabling it will fix the OP's issue. But doesn't hurt to try.

The WHEA that I got is different from what you got if you dont disable the  PCI Express Native Power Management, 

I got WHEA id 1 fatal hardware occured, and PC freeze. The errors that fix with Power Management are WHEA 17, just an informative errors, but dosent affect performance at all.

And YES I always had  PCI Express Native Power Management disabled on BIOS + ASPM disabled aswell.