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What software should i use to test my intel chip?

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I have a Q9550, I've always used prime95 in the past, but now I hear about wprime, is that better?

if you have any good suggestions on softwares I can use to make sure my chip is stable please link me. its been a long time since i overclocked.

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LinX is a good stressing tool So is Intel Burn Test

I believe P95, LinX, IBT are the best
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Linpack, its what Intel uses. IBT/LinX are both frontends for Linpack. OCCT also has a Linpack test.

wPrime is more for benching than for stresstesting, though it will still do a pretty good job of crashing an unstable OC.
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I would like to add (from my experience) 50 loops of LinX (set to do all cores and all available ram) from all the stress testing that i've done has been rock solid for me. I know everyone has their own way to test and how much testing varies from person to person. But thought I would share mine.

I usually do 10 loops when looking for max overclocks, once I get to where I want. I let it run 50 loops. After that, i've not ever had any issues with my system. I know some will say it's not enough or some will say you don't need to run it even that much.

Anywho....have fun!

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also agree with Intel burn test.
but you have to run it properly

to run intel burn test (or Linx) properly. close down ALL running programs inc. antivirus, internet, etc..

before running, open task manager and see the amount of 'free' ram under the performance tab.
for example i have 2550mb free ram so in IBT i enter a custom amount of 2500. (just below the free amount)
then i change the threads from auto to 4 (quad core), i have a quad core.
now every run i make i always get around 40-42 gflops. (consistent) (sorry glflops are a good indicator on how fast your cpu is running, i can get around 40gflops, but in a test if i was getting only 20 then the test is not running properly)

" I would choose 'free' memory as available memory will also make use of cache memory which must be storing data for other applications aswell. Windows may free up some physical memory from the cached memory during testing but not totally and i think the rest will be the virtual memory as a compensation.

Available = Free + (Cached - Modified)"

running just free memory will help you get higher gflops, as its just using free ram and not cached ram
this should also have 4 or 2 cores running at 100%"

this will give you more consistent gflops score, but will also make your temps higher, as more gflops, the more the cpu is stressed"
full details here http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...test-linx.html
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