Sorry for the late update, I wanted to monitor the behaviour before saying "Yay it's fixed" after only a couple of days.
So, it SEEMS to be fixed for now and I feel like I played myself. After the initial freezes I operated the RAM on XMP settings (so 3200MHz and 1.35V as stated on ASUS website) which did not fix the issue. Well, I did no realize I created a second source of freezes here (even though I read about the possibility of XMP causing freezes...) and it seems I fixed the first source for the freezes (I'm guessing it was in fact a driver issue
) but with my genius decision to let the RAM stay on XMP the freezes continued, just for a different reason (which I did not realize).
So far it has been two weeks without freezes (since I changed back the RAM settings) and funnily enough the Linux freezes weren't caused by the RAM being overclocked but instead by having WiFi enabled (when WiFi was disabled, no further freezes happened when it froze after an hour at the most with WiFi enabled).
I really hope this will be the end of it but multiple causes for the freezes (Drivers and RAM on Windows and additionally WiFi on Linux) were just too much for me to comprehend. At least I learned a lot and will have a headstart when encountering my next freezing computer. Thanks everyone for your help!
If anyone is interested or finds this post looking to fix their freezes, here is a list of my attempts:
- sfc /scannow
- BIOS RAM Voltage & Frequency (if this does not fix the problem, reset to default!)
- Update Device Drivers (manually / Snappy Driver Installer)
- Memory Check / mdsched.exe
- BIOS Update if available
- Adjust Virtual Memory
- Turn Off Link State Power Management
- Turn Off Fast Startup
- New PSU
- memtest86 (RAM stress test)
- Prime95 (CPU&RAM stress test)
- Unigine (GPU stress test)
- Check Windows Event Log for hints
- Windows New Installation (with drivers from CD instead of USB)
- Try each RAM stick on their own in different RAM slots
- Remove external devices (Monitor, Mouse, ...)
- Exchange GPU
- Exchange SATA cable
- change SATA Port
- SSD Health Check
- WiFi only / Ethernet only (disable WiFi in BIOS)