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I just got a GTX 260 core 216 for $75 from ebay. SO far its working fine. BUT I wanted to test it to see if its stable. I was wondering if folding is a good way to test or if there is another program I should try to make sure its stable?


I figured I'd try to fold with a OC (dloading Nvidia drivers now) and if it failed then i'd try on stock clocks (to make sure the gpu is good)


IF the card is stable I'll be folding on the Q6600 @ 3.2 + GTX 260 @ ??? + GTS 320 @ 650 core


Right now I only have the GTX 260 in the system and will only GPU fold for 24h or so, then I'll install the GTS 320 and start SMP + GPU x 2
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Yeah it is one way, the other is to run benchmarks like 3DMark11, Heaven 2.5 and FurMark/MSI Kombuster (the last two aren't as good for stability but are good at getting your GPU very hot)
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I just got a GTX 260 core 216 for $75 from ebay. SO far its working fine. BUT I wanted to test it to see if its stable. I was wondering if folding is a good way to test or if there is another program I should try to make sure its stable?


I figured I'd try to fold with a OC (dloading Nvidia drivers now) and if it failed then i'd try on stock clocks (to make sure the gpu is good)


IF the card is stable I'll be folding on the Q6600 @ 3.2 + GTX 260 @ ??? + GTS 320 @ 650 core


Right now I only have the GTX 260 in the system and will only GPU fold for 24h or so, then I'll install the GTS 320 and start SMP + GPU x 2
No, it's not OK. You'll throw off the results of the stuff you're folding if your overclock is unstable. Use 3DMark11, IBT, or Furmark (for GPUs).
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How long to run furmark ?
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i run furmark until i see the temps stablize.
that should be its peak load and temp.

for stability i run either crysis or OCCT to test for artifacts. crysis artifacts like crazy when a GPU is unstable.

OCCT is better tho because you can really see the amount of errors that may occur. its probably the best OCing/stability testing tool out there! it can also stress PSU and CPU and can run memtest also.

ATi tool is out dated nowadays and it's stability testing is really bad for modern GPUs.
    
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Perhaps not so brilliant for memory clocks, but very effective for core/shaders.
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^ exactly
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Perhaps not so brilliant for memory clocks, but very effective for core/shaders.
^Head on the nail. I would think folding puts the same amount of stress on the core clock as something like Furmark would. For memory clocks running benchmarks and playing video games are a good way of memory testing.
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I actually find it to the be the second best way to test GPU stability - the first being OCCT.

I've had plenty of OC's that can get through Furmark, Heaven, 3dmark, etc. all day long, but crash folding or show errors during OCCT. Furmark and the like are NOT stability testers.
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I actually find it to the be the second best way to test GPU stability - the first being OCCT.
I've usually found that OCCT will take a while to fail, whereas a poor shader strap will fail Folding within a few %.

However, that was with shader straps... since Fermis have core/shader clocks linked, it may well be a different story.
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