Originally Posted by viperwolf
is the Z77 board really that good?
someone mentioned the intelburn. does this test both your cpu and gpu together? and can you stop on the mark if things start to over heat? sorry for the noob question.
Boomstick did you get your game going?
IBT just tests the CPU, its just an easy gui for linkpack made by Intel. OCCT has a pre-setup test that uses Linpack and a version of furmark that is easy to use. It also has cupid's HWmonitor built in to monitor your temps and voltages. And yes its easy to stop and can be setup to stop at any temp you want. Then it makes these really nice graphs for you after you stop the test. The only draw back to using OCCT like this, is it runs Linpack on all your cores. This makes furmark and Linpack fight over your CPU usage, so your GPU will not run at 100% all the time. For this reason I use Prime95 and Furmak and run one less thread on Prime than I have cores. Furmark will max out one core and your GPU's to 100% This way your entire rig is maxed out 100% for how ever long you want to run it, making sure that any V-Drop from having both CPU and GPU running hard won't kill your OC and it is a good way to tell if your PSU can handle your system. If you have X-Fire or SLI (I think) you have to run Furmark or OCCT in full screen or only one GPU will work. I hope I covered everything, lol.
Originally Posted by unimatrixzero
Intel would feed technology to people from an Eyedropper if AMD was not in the Processor Biz.
It's funny. AMD has been Improving Intel chips and boards ever since the PIII
Now if AMD can get back to the Athlon 64 X2 days again, we would have a great thing going for us on the buyers end. That was the only reason Intel came out with the Core Duo's. I hope Intel learned and will not stagnate the CPU marked again. They came very close to being where AMD is right now.