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12hrs? I can't go that long without a computer? Why would I test for 12 hours lol. Most things SHOULD crash within a few if it's not good...... I'd think o.O
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12hrs? I can't go that long without a computer? Why would I test for 12 hours lol. Most things SHOULD crash within a few if it's not good...... I'd think o.O
Do or do not...its up to you. The gold standard is 24 hrs for Prime95. LinX should be helpful at 20 runs

Run memtest at least and see if your ram is the problem first. That will not take 12 hrs
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Well seems stable to me o.o Game has been running fine for 30 and it normally crashes in 1-10mins
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Well seems stable to me o.o Game has been running fine for 30 and it normally crashes in 1-10mins
Okay, all seems good for now.

Im sure we'll hear from ya soon, hope not though
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Lol yeah probably. Pretty sure my board is flaked hoping to upgrade soon. I really need to upgrade soon while last generation prices are still high (Stupid weird market). Otherwise if I wait another year or so and my stuff will be worth junk!
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12hrs? I can't go that long without a computer? Why would I test for 12 hours lol. Most things SHOULD crash within a few if it's not good...... I'd think o.O
I've had rig's pass 24 hours of Prime and still be severely unstable. Sometimes you wont run into instability until your CPU faces certain calculations / stresses.


With IBT I would recommend AT LEAST 50 runs, any less doesn't mean much to me.
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I've had rig's pass 24 hours of Prime and still be severely unstable. Sometimes you wont run into instability until your CPU faces certain calculations / stresses.


With IBT I would recommend AT LEAST 50 runs, any less doesn't mean much to me.

Its probably not explained that well when people talk about it but Prime95 is one tool in the chest. On its own, its not a silver bullet.

It should be used in conjunction with other stress testers such as, IBT and LinX for example.

Into that mix, I will through in OCCT Lin, Heaven and 3Dmark 11. THEN, Ill fold for 12 hrs and do some gaming for a couple of hours.

If its stable after all of that, its not going anywhere. The key message here is to use more than just one stress tester and vary the situations to test your clocks.
Edited by Sethy666 - 7/28/11 at 9:58pm
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overclockers have been using prime 95 for years thats all i use because IBT is not realistic its way overkill.
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overclockers have been using prime 95 for years thats all i use because IBT is not realistic its way overkill.
For a purpose, its testing your thermal limits. Prime95 will never hit the heat IBT does. In this aspect, it works as advertised.
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Something I've learned recently, each test has a certain "area" that it detects errors in better than the other programs. Like I ran an hour of OCCT, passed it and was happy. I flipped on Prime 15 minutes later, and got a blue screen in about 2 minutes of running it. I'm not saying that 1hr of OCCT is sufficient at all, I'm just saying clearly OCCT didn't stress my CPU in the same manner that Prime did. Its not that one is better, its that they're different, and to be thorough you want to use many of them.

Prime seems to be best overall according to what the community says. Linpack is probably a good one as well but its pointless to use it because all it does is limit your OC for no good reason (due to the insane temps it produces). So if you want to max your OC you just can't use this (well I guess there's always the expensive cooling options... but why would you pay more money for cooling JUST to handle this test?).

With Prime95 you really want to do it 24 hours... many people have said it is not unusual at all for it to catch errors around the 20th hour (I wish I knew why that was the case). Maybe its overkill and the whole thing with 24hrs is just a myth, maybe its not. I don't think there are a whole lot of people who can say they've tested a large sample size of CPUs at various OC settings w/ Prime95, then monitored and used those chips in the future to see how stable they were in normal use.

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Originally Posted by Sethy666 View Post
For a purpose, its testing your thermal limits. Prime95 will never hit the heat IBT does. In this aspect, it works as advertised.
But why even bother... the "thermal limit" that IBT brings your CPU to is wildly unrealistic. Just my opinion, I understand if some feel the need to do it anyway.
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