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Which test would result in the most accurate stability test but takes the least amount of time? I know there are some special settings in Prime95 you can set and that usually stresses the CPU and RAM pretty hard.
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quad instances of prime 95 will do the trick.

but i still believe folding still will detect errors faster than any program i have used so far, and not produce a ton of heat.
Edited by freakb18c1 - 8/10/11 at 12:55pm
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Long answer:
No one short test can tell you if your system is stable. You could run Prime95 for 12 hours but still fail Intel Burn Test within a minute if certain settings aren't correct. Likewise, you can pass 100 runs of IBT but still fail certain Prime95 ffts within minutes. 50 runs of IBT + 12 hours of Prime95 and your system should be rock solid. You can still have a pretty stable system that can't pass the above tests but sooner or later you're going to get a crash (could take weeks-months). Some people don't care about a crash here and there as long as it's a rare occurrence.


Short answer:
Do 10 runs of Intel Burn Test on high stress and run a custom Prime95 test on FFT 1344KB and 1792KB for 10 minutes each with 80% of your ram. Those two FFT are extremely hard for Sandy Bridge and most unstable systems will fail it very quickly.
Edited by nezzarix - 8/10/11 at 12:23pm
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Download LinX and run at all memory for 20 runs or so. Takes about an hour to 2 max and stresses the cpu and ram pretty well.
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Which test would result in the most accurate stability test but takes the least amount of time? I know there are some special settings in Prime95 you can set and that usually stresses the CPU and RAM pretty hard.
I never ran a stability test. If it was unstable I'd get BSODs at the startup. Honestly if you don't want to stress test for 12 hours, I'd just say play some games and see if anything goes wrong.
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Originally Posted by nezzarix;14534032 
Long answer:
No one short test can tell you if your system is stable. You could run Prime95 for 12 hours but still fail Intel Burn Test within a minute if certain settings aren't correct. Likewise, you can pass 100 runs of IBT but still fail certain Prime95 ffts within minutes. 50 runs of IBT + 12 hours of Prime95 and your system should be rock solid. You can still have a pretty stable system that can't pass the above tests but sooner or later you're going to get a crash (could take weeks-months). Some people don't care about a crash here and there as long as it's a rare occurrence.


Short answer:
Do 10 runs of Intel Burn Test on high stress and run a custom Prime95 test on FFT 1344KB and 1792KB for 10 minutes each with 80% of your ram. Those two FFT are extremely hard for Sandy Bridge and most unstable systems will fail it very quickly.

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