I have been wrestling with this issue for about a month now.
I will be playing a game or watching YouTube (normal use, nothing I can specifically pin as a trigger) and my computer will freeze for a few seconds, then resume normal operation. This happens every few hours.
Sometimes my audio will freeze, sometimes it will just slow down then snap back.
Most games handle this issue without any problems (just freezing for a few seconds) But I know that Kerbol Space Program crashes when it happens (tried to find the crash log, but no luck)
I have noticed that there are some applications where it does NOT freeze. Specifically it has not done it while playing Half Life Alyx (VR), this could just be coincidence, but I feel like it may be more significant.
Here is my hardware:
CPU: Core i5-8600K
OS: Win 10 64 Bit
MOBO: Asus ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming BIOS 2401 (Most Recent)
RAM: 2x Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2x8GB) 3000MHz Kits
SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 500GB
PSU: EVGA SuperNova 550 G3 220-G3-0550-Y1 550 Watts
GPU EVGA GeForce 1080 SC Gaming 08G-P4-6183-KR
HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB Internal ST2000DM006
WiFi/Bluetooth: ASUS PCE-AC55BT B1
Optane Module: Intel Optane M10 16GB
HTC Vive Wireless Adapter
Here is what I tried so far:
I have re-installed Windows twice to no avail (downloading drivers from the manufacturer website every time)
I removed my GPU and still had the issue occur
I ran memtest and did find a bad stick of ram, I removed that stick, and its twin and am preparing to RMA the kit, but the issue still persists
I re-seated the RAM and CPU, to no avail
I checked Event Viewer and Reliability History and they show no events (Reliability History at one point did show a Kernel Event 117, but hasn't shown it recently)
I booted a Linux install drive and checked the kernel log and found a recoverable error with one of my USB controllers, I then disabled it in Windows, and still had the issue
I have uninstalled the audio driver and gone back to the generic Windows one
I have run stress tests for a short time (mostly to test temps) and everything runs normal
Ran SFC, it found a couple things, but didnt fix the issue
Updated my BIOS
Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am usually the guy who solves PC issues, but this one is just refusing to be fixed