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Ok, I know that stress testing doesn't equal benchmarking. But I didn't know where to ask this at.

The first program I really got into using was S&M FPU and I've tried using everything else: LinX, Prime95, Intel Burn Test and Super Pi. But nothing seems to "cook" my processor like S&M FPU does. When overclocking I usually just run a loop of 3DMarkVantage, and a loop of S&M (set at 100%) for my stability concerns. I only game once a every few days so I can't justify running 24 hours of Prime.
So if S&M seems to be better (in my opinion) at getting my processor the hottest while stress testing, why don't I see more people using it?
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Getting a processor hot and having it do actual work are two different things - you'll never see the temps of Prime95 at 100% when using the computer under intensive conditions. With Prime95 its actually doing tough calculations which is why it is so stressful on the computer. If you want peace of mind then run Prime for 18+ hours - if you don't use the computer for more than a couple days a week, then you have the time to run it for hours at a time without having to worry about needing to use the computer.

Otherwise don't wonder why you get random BSOD's later on in the chips life because of instability [not saying its definite, but i've seen it many many times on this forum]
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So if S&M seems to be better (in my opinion) at getting my processor the hottest while stress testing, why don't I see more people using it?
S&M is a nice tool, though I find it works better on AMD systems than Intel.

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Getting a processor hot and having it do actual work are two different things - you'll never see the temps of Prime95 at 100% when using the computer under intensive conditions. With Prime95 its actually doing tough calculations which is why it is so stressful on the computer.
All other things being equal, a CPU will run hotter the more work it's doing.
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Thanks guys for the replies. I'm not insinuating that I just want to use one program for stress testing. I'd just like to know which is more reliable. And my main focus is staying below the 955's thermal limit. Although I've seen it get to 64c with no BSOD before.
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