BSOD: My "Solution" - AEGIS RS 11TF-241US


New member
Apr 24, 2022
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY/TLDR: Do NOT use MSI Center's Gaming Mode if experiencing BSOD while gaming and no other solutions work

Hi, all:

Just want to share with you how I finally resolved frequent BSOD issues while running games on this box to maybe save you hours of toil/frustration.

  1. Windows 10
  2. Intel® Core™ i9-11900KF 8C/16T 3.5-5.1 GHz 16MB Cache
  3. Z590/MSI ATX Motherboard
  4. NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Ti 12G GDDR6X
  5. 32GB DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
  6. 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD + 2TB HDD
  7. Power: 850W
  8. MSI Center

In a former life I was the director of QA for a boutique software company. ("I don't find bugs: They find ME.")
Bought my first gaming PC (a 386) and Lucasfilm Game's "Their Finest Hour" in 1991. I'm no stranger to gaming.
Most recently, prior to this purchase, I ran a custom box with an MSI Z87-GD65 motherboard and an MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card for 7-sh years.
It ran flawlessly. So it was a no brainer to go with MSI when it came time to upgrade.
I ordered the AEGIS RS 11TF-241US in December, 2021 and it arrived quickly.
I put hours into moving my old apps into the new box, then installed Origin's Battlefield 1 and set it up using the MSI Center's Gaming Mode.
I cranked the game's video settings up. (It's sold as a gaming box, so why not?)
BSOD/CLOCK WATCHDOG TIMEOUT within minutes. Continued occasional crashes even when not gaming.
Ratcheted back video settings, no difference.


Many, many hours of research. Fixes tried include:
Uninstalling/reinstalling Nvidia drivers using DDU
Rolling back to older, possibly more stable Nvidia drivers
Tweaking Nvidia Control Panel's Manage 3D settings options
Trying MSI Afterburner
Moving games to the C: drive
Restoring OS to factory specifications twice
Running the Windows 10 memory check
Changing BIOS video setting to 3rd Generation
Feeding dumps through WhoCrashed
Innumerous other attempts...


Asked for a refund, but I'd left it beyond 30 days, so no choice: I RMA'd the box with a full description of steps taken.
They replaced the video card and the thermal module.
When it arrived back, I had the same issues within 20 minutes...I don't think they considered what I'd already done.


I avoided Performance Mode and decided to run games on "Auto" video settings while keeping an eye on the temps.
So far, I have played many hours of Battlefield 1, 3, 4, 5, Call of Duty WWII and the Great Battles series of combat flight simulators with NO BLUE SCREENS.


Am I elated? No: MSI sold me a $3500 gaming box, but I can't get full performance out of it while using MSI's own proprietary gaming software.
That being said, I am gaming again and enjoying far superior graphics when compared to a GTX 1060.

So that's my story. Thanks if you stuck with this as far as you did. I wish you the best of luck resolving your BSODs.



Well-known member
Nov 21, 2019
For game, please refer below link for modifying some setting value on NVIDIA control panel.
Example: Modify "Power management mode" to "Prefer maximum performance" in Manage 3D setting sheet.
How to Optimize Nvidia Control Panel For GAMING & Performance The Ultimate GUIDE 2020 Update

Best Nvidia Control Panel Settings – Comprehensive Guide 2021


New member
Apr 24, 2022
Thank you, fauc: I did make some adjustments to the Nvidia settings previously, but I will certainly take a good look at both the video and web site of recommendations.

Question: Have you seen where MSI Center's Gaming Mode has caused issues with others' gaming machines?

Thanks again.