So it was finally time to upgrade my old workstation so I built myself a new one. Specs are as follow:
CPU: Ryzen 9 3900x
MB: Asus ROG STRIX x570-e Gaming
RAM: 4x16GB 3200MHz G.Skill
GPU: GTX 1070 (saving up for a 2080Ti)
SDD: Corsair Force Series Gen.4 PCIe MP600
PSU: Chieftec Smart Series 700W (had this and the GPU in my old workstation)
The issue I'm facing is as follows:
I tried downloading the latest BIOS from ASUS, but it pointed to a 404 page not found error. As i'm writing this, I noticed it does not anymore, so I'll try and update the BIOS (again).
The BIOS download was still available, though, through the update BIOS over the internet feature, in BIOS, so I did download it.
Now, I tried installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 (obtained from the Microsoft website) and I kept running into an error. Same went with previous builds of Windows 10, so I thought I'd install Ubuntu, to benchmark Blender under Linux. I read it kicks major butt. Surprise, surprise, though. I'm still getting an install error and only was able to run Ubuntu live from the installation stick.
Probably worth mentioning, I built probably close to a thousand PCs since 2000 while working as a system integrator for a few years, installed Windows and various flavours of Linux countless times, so it's not me doing something stupid.
Seeing that no installation worked as intended, I grabbed a SATA SSD from my old workstation, stuck it in and everything worked like a charm. Considering this, I cloned a disk image I made of a fresh Windows install from when I switched the M.2 SSD in my laptop and everything worked and still does. I only had to enter my new windows licence key, since the laptop was running an OEM license.
Has anybody else encountered this issue on a similar system? Personally, I'm blaming the PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD, but I have no solid basis to be pointing fingers.
Thanks in advance!