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So I'm tinkering with my 6950, trying to see what it takes to get 950Mhz. I tried 920 first and it seemed stable and I never got any artifacting in 10 minutes of Furrmark or Kombuster but as soon as I play 2 minutes of MX vs ATV: Reflex I get the PC locking and the AMD driver crashing, sign of an unstable overclock. Sure enough upping the volts fixes it and this occurs no more. Same goes for 950, I had to allow 1.186V to get that stable in MX vs ATV which is acceptable (as far as I know) but more than I like.


Why is it that programs like Kombuster which stress me at 99% continuously appear to be stable but a console port I got for free which barely stresses me above 70% crashes on the same overclock.. Is it just how poorly written that game is or something?
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Stress testers are rubbish for GPU's. Playing games is the best way to tell.
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Stress testers are rubbish for GPU's. Playing games is the best way to tell.
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Stress tests do one thing, make your gpu use alot of resources.

Games on the other hand actually make them render different shapes, mx vs atv also has dirt/sand physics too i believe that the gpu will have to render, the list goes on.
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I'm not going to lie, I've spent a good year or so thinking Stress tests like Furmark were essential and the best way to know.

Thanks for the heads up anyway guys, I just couldn't believe it
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I'm not going to lie, I've spent a good year or so thinking Stress tests like Furmark were essential and the best way to know.

Thanks for the heads up anyway guys, I just couldn't believe it
Glad we could all help. The others above are correct. Games will use every part of the GPU. It's made up of thousands of little factory's all doing different things in the town. Stress testing will only put the main factory under stress leaving the little factory's with a long staff dinner break. (Yes, metaphorical)
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Mx vs Atx Reflex maxed out is a pretty demanding game too. Did you already know about the 60fps tweak for the game?
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Why is it that programs like Kombuster which stress me at 99% continuously appear to be stable but a console port I got for free which barely stresses me above 70% crashes on the same overclock.. Is it just how poorly written that game is or something?
I've noticed this too. For some reason, console ports are WAY more sensitive to instability than PC games. I used to use Lost Planet extreme condition to test my OC's. If my RAM was unstable it would always give me a "memory overrun error".
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Believe it or not but WoW has been great for stress testing for me even though its a cpu intensive game. This is true for every card I have owned in the past year which are 2 5850s, 2 580s, and my 6990.

I can be stable in BF: BC2, Crysis 1 and 2, heaven and other benchmarks, yet I will crash 10 minutes into WoW. Very surprising, I wish I knew why.
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