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I'll be getting a new GPU within the week and I plan on OCing it. I've done some OCing before with my current card, but I didn't know much about it and simply got lucky in that I could max out clocks in Catalyst and have my GPU stay stable. Never used third party programs and what-not.

But, I'm replacing that card with a GTX 560 (Hawk) and I know I'm not going to be able to max out clocks in Afterburner, so I was wondering what program I should use to test for stability. I've heard OCCT thrown around a lot, but I'm not sure how that works (do you have to run the program for a full hour at each clock setting?).

I want to OC the card, but I want to do it right, and preferably not have to run a program for an hour at each new clock setting to test for stability.

Thanks
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Go and grab furmark and give it a go. Have fun with it.
http://majorgeeks.com/FurMark_d4183.html
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I agree with furmark, although for a lightweight tool, I use atitool.
post #4 of 10
occt get my vote. use shader
complexity 8 with fullscreen on infinity mode.20~30minutes is
enough bt if can extend it to 1 hour its better. occt find the error pretry quick
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Generally the best way to determine stability is doing what you use the card for & watching for artifacts. Not sure how good OCCT or Evga overclock scanner are, doesn't hurt to try them for a bit to see if all is well before getting into a game & really testing it.
Furmark & Kombustor are pretty much useless for testing stability, basically just temperature testers & there is no point in seeing how hot a card can get.
    
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Originally Posted by KILLER_K View Post
Go and grab furmark and give it a go. Have fun with it.
http://majorgeeks.com/FurMark_d4183.html
I used furmark for the little ATI testing I did, so that works. Thanks for the quick response(s).
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+2 for OCCT
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Heaven benchmark is my favorite tester..seems like more of a "real world" stress test.
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Originally Posted by FtW 420 View Post
Generally the best way to determine stability is doing what you use the card for & watching for artifacts. Not sure how good OCCT or Evga overclock scanner are, doesn't hurt to try them for a bit to see if all is well before getting into a game & really testing it.
Furmark & Kombustor are pretty much useless for testing stability, basically just temperature testers & there is no point in seeing how hot a card can get.
I guess I'm just a little antsy when it comes to getting the full potential of the thing. It'd be nice to be able to run a program for 10-15 minutes while watching for artifacts instead of having to play a game to determine how high I can push the clocks to make that game look better. But I suppose that's a trivial concern, and this advice makes perfect sense. Nothing better to test a card you're going to use for gaming with just that, I suppose.
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