Problems after upgrading to SSD

Hello all. I am posting in hopes that someone with more experience can help me. I recently purchased a Samsung 860 EVO sata 6 gbps SSD for faster speeds after running solely on a disc drive for all my PCs life.

I am running into an issue when installing and playing steam games where my main monitor (freesync) completely freezes up. It is only the one monitor my second monitor remains responsive. If I toggle gsync on and off it fixes it. If it happens while playing a game, the entire system locks up after i disable and enable Gsync and I need to do a hard reset with the power button.

I am trying to determine if it is a bad SSD, if I am missing something, or if it could be the RAM or the fact that my Manjaro OS is encrypted. I tried replacing the sata cable and cleaning up the connectors.

The bios and ssd firmware is updated.

Could it be related to a graphics driver? It’s worth noting my non-Ssd harddrive install was not encrypted.

Are there any suggestions before I do a fresh install or return the SSD? Any and all help is appreciated.

Please share result:

inxi -Fxz
  Kernel: 5.9.11-3-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux 
  Type: Desktop System: MSI product: MS-7917 v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: MSI model: Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) v: 1.0 serial: <filter> 
  UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1.13 date: 02/16/2016 
  Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-4790K bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Haswell rev: 3 L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
  flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx 
  bogomips: 64027 
  Speed: 4400 MHz max: 4400 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 4400 2: 4400 
  3: 4400 4: 4400 5: 4400 6: 4400 7: 4400 8: 4400 
  Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated 
  vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU106 [GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER] vendor: eVgacom
  driver: nvidia v: 450.80.02 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: XOrg 1.20.10 driver: nvidia resolution: 
  1: 1600x900~60Hz 2: 1920x1080 
  OpenGL: renderer: GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER/PCIe/SSE2 
  v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 450.80.02 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio 
  vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:03.0 
  Device-2: Intel 9 Series Family HD Audio vendor: Micro-Star MSI 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  Device-3: NVIDIA TU106 High Definition Audio vendor: eVgacom
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 
  Device-4: C-Media USB PnP Audio Device type: USB 
  driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus ID: 2-9:4 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.9.11-3-MANJARO 
  Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros Killer E220x Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: alx v: kernel port: d000 
  bus ID: 03:00.0 
  IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 786.52 GiB (42.2%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Samsung model: HD103SJ size: 931.51 GiB 
  ID-1: / size: 915.60 GiB used: 786.52 GiB (85.9%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/dm-0 
  ID-1: swap-1 type: file size: 4.00 GiB used: 256 KiB (0.0%) 
  file: /swapfile 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 67.0 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nvidia temp: 54 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 16% 
  Processes: 241 Uptime: 9m Memory: 15.09 GiB used: 2.10 GiB (13.9%) 
  Init: systemd Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: 1299 Shell: Bash 
  v: 5.0.18 inxi: 3.1.08

There i had to remove the . in X . org and in evga . com .

Sorry I’ve never used this forum and i should mention that I am trying the 450 driver to test if its the graphics driver or not. Up until 20 minutes ago i was using the current 455 driver

I should also mention im testing this by installing a 40gb game and waiting to see if the screen locks up. It doesnt happen 100 percent of the time the first install but it usually happens without fail on the second install.

Another note: When it happens in a game it happens at random. It usually takes an hour or so of gameplay before it happens. So far the lockups have been happening while playing Fallout 76. I haven’t had time to test any other games as it usually takes a few hours to happen.

Yakuza 2 just finished installing for the second time and I have yet to experience a lockup. Ill try one more time and if it doesn’t lock up I’m going to assume it was the new 455 driver bugging out and go to test some games for the lockup.

Note 2: Yeah it installed no problem three times in a row. I’m guessing the current 455 driver has a bug with freesync/gsync monitors when the ssd is under heavy use. Hope someone that can fix it sees this! :slight_smile:

The best way that

is to file a bug report.