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I know running Prime95 for 10hours+ is recommended, but what if I was to make small FSB jumps, what would be a good way to check for stability fast?
should I run OCCT for 20mins, IBT for 20 runs, or Linpack for 20mins? or any of these programs for longer than 20 but less than an hour.
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Folding is a good test for Temps..

Linx(possibly spelled LYNX) will stress the heck out of it...But the only way to be really sure is to get Prime 95 going for quite some time.
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so if I was to oc my cpu by only a few increments, I'd still have to run it for a long time?
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Well I would start running something just to see if is BSOD on you...Then once temps get to high....Prime95 test it...if passes...good to go...if not...then dial it down a little or raise some vcore...
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post #5 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by trojan92 View Post
so if I was to oc my cpu by only a few increments, I'd still have to run it for a long time?
Yes.

Even small increments on the FSB frequency (1mhz even) can turn a previously stable overclock, into an unstable OC.

Every change you do has to be thoroughly tested. Stress testing duration is not linear with how many mhz you increase:

- If you increase 50mhz on the FSB (test for several hours)

- If you increase only 1mhz on the FSB (you still test for several hours).
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post #6 of 13
Here's what I personally do....

Between jumps (finding my highest speeds):
1-1.5 hours of Prime95, forcing 7GB of RAM usage (out of 8GB total) (hit blend, then custom to force blend settings, but custom RAM use)

Once I find my max speeds:
12+ hours of the same. The more, the better.

EDIT:
For you, since you've got 4GB of RAM, you'd want to force 3072MB of RAM usage, or 3GB.
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post #7 of 13
I use OCCT while bumping the small increments. 10 minutes per bump honestly, then bump again. If something is unstable, it will fail within 5 minutes usually. Then you can tweak/retest.

And before any stability police jump all over me, yes I finish with long-term tests.
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i like using intel burn
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coolwaters View Post
i like using intel burn

+1
Quick a dirty
Lol try the max test not even at stock can I pass
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post #10 of 13
I usually do 30-50 rounds of max mem on IBT

then at least 6 hours on P95 blend

then I fold

if I start reporting errors at any point, that means I'm unstable
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