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I Just got my new rig running

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So far I have ran 20 passes of Linpack, 5 hours of Prime95.

What do you use to stress test your new oc's?
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I'll usually run Prime95 overnight to get in at least 24-hours. It that passes, I'll start up some Folding clients and just let those run at 100% indefinitely. Almost inevitably I'll get a blue screen from them (sometimes after weeks), so I adjust from there. I figure it's a more productive way of stress testing .

For my GPU, I run several passes of Futuremark (or one of those programs like that).

Not sure if that's the best method, but it hasn't failed me so far.
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Most users on here use 3dmark06.I have used before also.
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I'll usually run Prime95 overnight to get in at least 24-hours. It that passes, I'll start up some Folding clients and just let those run at 100% indefinitely. Almost inevitably I'll get a blue screen from them (sometimes after weeks), so I adjust from there. I figure it's a more productive way of stress testing .

For my GPU, I run several passes of Futuremark (or one of those programs like that).

Not sure if that's the best method, but it hasn't failed me so far.
I was going to run 20passes of linpack and 10ish hours of p95- does the voltage look right in the CPU-Z?
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I was going to run 20passes of linpack and 10ish hours of p95- does the voltage look right in the CPU-Z?
I'm sure you've heard this a lot, but your best bet is to just keep testing. I'm personally not knowledgeable enough across a lot of CPUs to comment. I know the safest thing to do is once you have stable voltages, start backing them down some to find the absolute lowest you can run at while stable.

And of course, check the AMD website to see what the safe operating range is. Though I suspect 1.368 is well in the safe range.
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I'm sure you've heard this a lot, but your best bet is to just keep testing. I'm personally not knowledgeable enough across a lot of CPUs to comment. I know the safest thing to do is once you have stable voltages, start backing them down some to find the absolute lowest you can run at while stable.

And of course, check the AMD website to see what the safe operating range is. Though I suspect 1.368 is well in the safe range.
yeah - it almost seems too easy. when the testing is done i set the voltage at 1.38v
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Here's a great guide:

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Personally, I generally test with the following:

LinX (with the latest Intel Math Kernel Libraries), set to a problem size of 20-25k for basic CPU/IMC testing, and seeing if your cooling is up to a worst case scenario. IBT is similar enough (same binaries, different front-end) that you can use it instead, if you prefer; I just find the LinX interface more useful.

Prime95 Small FFTs for more core testing and custom Blend (8 to 2560k FFTs size, 5 minutes per test, set to use 80-90% of your physical memory) for memory and IMC testing.

HCI Memtest for Windows, for testing memory stability. Use one instance per logical core, or 1.5 instances per physical core, whichever is greater (e.g. 12 instances on a Gulftown, 8 on a 2600k, 6 on a 2500k, 9 on a Thuban, etc). Have each instance use the same amount of memory, with the total memory used equal to 80-90% of your physical memory. 2000-5000% seems to be a good test duration.

OCCT GPU test for core/shader clocks. I use shader complexity levels 1 and 3 on NVIDIA cards and 1 and 8 on ATI cards (which tend to be more shader heavy). Causes extreme GPU and VRM load, so is good for worst case scenario thermal testing. It also has an artifact scanner that will find most errors at lower clocks than you will see them in game. Some people are extremely anti-OCCT, but as long as you keep an eye on temps, don't have a card that was defective out of the box, and don't use stupid levels of GPU voltage, you'll probably be fine.

FurMark, just to get confirmation of stability from a second test.

Crysis GPU bench on loop, or looped 3DMark can use much more VRAM and can thus find VRAM instabilities OCCT and FurMark may overlook.

In addition to these individual tests, I use combinations of these programs to better simulate real worst case total system loads. FurMark is especially useful to run in the background as it has almost no CPU utilization, so can be used to dump tons of heat into the case near the CPU and memory, while you stress test the CPU/RAM with another program like LinX or Prime95. It will also heatup the chipsets on most boards, which can reveal errors with them.

I'm actually trying a new OC right now, and have Prime95, FurMark, and ADIA64s disk bench all continually stressing every major subsystem while I poke around the internet.

Anyway, this list is far from comprehensive, but is a good sample of the programs/procedures I've personally found most useful to produce and isolate errors.
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I might be lazy but I honestly just do prime95 (free) small fft 2hours and blend 2 hrs. Who knows if it will pass 12hrs but i have never had issues if it passes 2hrs. I just hate the idea of stressing a cpu and system that long, plus the lost hours in cpu life.

When trying to work my way up though I do 10mins small fft then blend 10mins, then from there I go higher. If failure occurs I will make it stable obviously and once I get in a zone I am happy with I do the 2hr runs. Usually I noticed personally when I am unstable it occurs within the first 30mins, if its real bad it will happen nearly immediatly to 5mins.

I dont really like to overclock my video cards, I like getting the manufacture overclocked ones. When pushing memory I use memtest86+ for 1-2hours depending on how far i take it but I dont like to push memory too much personally.
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i think the stressing is going well- my chip doesnt run over 50c!
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