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binar May 09, 2009, 12:25am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Fellow Forum Members,
What is the best FREE burnin / stress test one can use to test the RAM, Video Card, and Main CPU? I want to leave it running 24 hours and confirm if my RAM is not defective. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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bossa ritchie May 09, 2009, 12:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
Prime 95 seems to be the weapon of choice by overclockers but it won't test your Video Card, You can test your RAM with something like Memtest alough a faulty CPU can make it bring up errors with your RAM.

I have never used Passmark but it claims to have a burn-in test to test your system.

john albrich May 09, 2009, 10:22am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 09, 2009, 10:25am EDT

 
>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
Freeware UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD) contains a number of diagnostic and some burn-in tests. Easy to check to see if it meets your needs.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Ultimate_Boot_CD_d4981.html
http://ubcd.sourceforge.net/


edit to add: the sourceforge.net site provides better details about UBCD. It can also be made to run from a USB stick.

BoT May 09, 2009, 06:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
best all-around stress testing tool i know

Hot CPU Tester Pro 4
http://www.7byte.com/index.php?page=hotcpu

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john albrich May 10, 2009, 04:29am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 11, 2009, 12:54am EDT

 
>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
BoT said:
best all-around stress testing tool i know
Hot CPU Tester Pro 4...

But, at $20 it (the referenced "Pro" version) definitely ain't "FREE"


edit to clarify ref was to "Pro" ver

Meats_Of_Evil May 10, 2009, 01:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
No gentlemen, all wrong! Well, depends on how far you want to go for stress testing.
This would be the ultimate stress tester:
http://downloads.guru3d.com/IntelBurnTest-v1.6-download-2047.html

This is an extremely stressful program that will
put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95.

IntelBurnTest v1.6 by AgentGOD

Description:
Linpack by Intel(R) is an extremely stressful program that will put even the most powerful X86/X64 CPU in the world at its knees. Load temp under Linpack will be up to 22*C higher than the competing software Prime95. This program will make usage of Linpack easier and more practical.

Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress.

Benefits of using Linpack:
1. More accurate than Prime95 Small FFTs/Blend.
2. Takes less time to tell if your CPU/RAM is unstable than Prime95 (usually something like 8 minutes Linpack vs 40 hours under Prime95).
3. Use the same stress-testing engine that Intel uses to test their products before they are packed and put on shelves for sale.

Benefits of using IntelBurnTest:
1. Simplifies usage of Linpack.
2. Direct output of results to the screen.
3. Simplifies the process of selecting a test size to use.
4. Better appearance.

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binar May 10, 2009, 11:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
Thanks Meats_of_Evil for the link. This seems to be the best option.

However, I hesitate to use it because of the paragraph below:

"Keep in mind, use this program at your own risk. By using this program, you agree that neither I nor Intel shall be responsible for including, but not limited to: burned up CPU, fried motherboard, spontaneous room temperature increase, hair loss, or mental stress."

THerefore, I'm going to first try it out on my older computer and see what happens before I try it on my new PC I have just built. Thanks Again.

BoT May 10, 2009, 11:50pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
john albrich said:
BoT said:
best all-around stress testing tool i know
Hot CPU Tester Pro 4...

But, at $20 it definitely ain't "FREE"

pro version is 20 bucks, standard is free

also, Dualist over at XS put a nice little app together that makes it easy to run linpack, which can be kinda tricky on a windows box. it's called LinX
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?p=3290972&postcount=1

it's not as bad as it sounds but yes you should understand that if you do stress your system to that extend that there is a potential for damage but that applies to any application that does that. vast majority have similar disclaimers

also, these apps do not stress the entire system

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Meats_Of_Evil May 11, 2009, 12:23am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 11, 2009, 12:23am EDT

 
>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
binar, I posted the Intel burn in test because It's the best torture software I know of. But I would go with bossa ritchie's advice. Use Prime 95 blend test and leave it running overnight for testing the CPU and RAM, since it's more than sufficient to know if system would be stable.
Use Memtest+86 if you don't trust Prime95 for RAM and leave it running overnight.

Here are the links:
Prime 95: http://majorgeeks.com/Prime95_d4363.html
Memtest86+: http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

Honestly I'm even afraid to use the IntelBurnTest, it seems way too extreme for normal overclockers like ourselves.

Also, to test the video card I always overclock with little increments then test it out with the games you play and keep an eye for weird graphic glitches, artifacts, gpu temp, etc. I found this to be more efficient than even 3dMark, so give it a try. Exit the game when you find anything odd in the graphics and decrease the overclock a little until you have it stable, The worst that can happen is a system lockup I believe.

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Shuller Hanson Aug 14, 2012, 11:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
My Stress&Melt kit does a pretty good job of pushing PCs to the limit or beyond. All existing freeware. You just need to collect it.

CPU-Z for the base information and CPU info under test:
HWMonitor for monitoring almost all available sensors in PC: Both at http://www.CPUID.com
GPU-Z for video card information and monitoring: At http://www.techpowerup.com
Video memory stress test: At http://www.mikelab.kiev.ua
Prime95, the old standard for pushing CPUs to smoke: At http://mersenne.org
IntelBurnTest, the new standard for pushing CPUs to smoke: At your favorite download site. http://www.majorgeeks.intelburntest_d5987.html for one. Current version is 2.54.
FurMark for smoking your video cards. At http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/

These are not the demons of distruction as some fear. All the tests have cancel or stop buttons. You just have to know what the limits are for the parts being tested and be ready to hit the stop button.

With proper cooling you can defeat all the tests. And just good air cooling is enough, no needn for anything exotic. My I7, one of the original 920s, with stock intel cooler idled at 60C and went to 110C in less than 10 minutes. Today with just a good cooler and 120mm fans it idles at around 29C and has gone 24 hours maxed out on the IntelBurnTest and never got above 80C.

Have fun!

john albrich Aug 15, 2012, 07:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 15, 2012, 08:09am EDT

 
>> Re: Best FREE Burnin / Stress Test
Shuller Hanson said:
HWMonitor for monitoring almost all available sensors in PC: Both at http://www.CPUID.com ....


Thanks for pulling all those links together in one place!

However, instead of CPUID Hardware Monitor, if you want virtually the same "look and feel" of the visual screen appearance and information layout, I instead recommend:
http://majorgeeks.com/Open_Hardware_Monitor_d6396.html
http://openhardwaremonitor.org/

While I think there are better hardware monitor programs out there, I'm just providing this alternative as a program that "looks" the same as the "CPUID Hardware Monitor" program, but lets the user do things like...
"FIX" the CPU temperature readings by the user calibrating temp offsets. You can also rename various parameter names to something that means something to you (e.g. "CPU Heatsink Temp"), etc. It also provides output graphs of various parameters.


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