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Occt is a good tool to use, pretty sure it has an overclock scanner. Run it at stock and see if it picks up artifacts. Then gradually increase clock speeds and voltages till you figure out where your limit is.

Awesome tool. Thank you.

Edit: And just to close the question, it seems I have some undefinable software issue with heaven, it crashes while loading. I'll have to work that out when I'm feeling ready for some frustration.
Edited by Ganf - 1/24/12 at 7:00pm
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No problem. Heaven wouldnt work for me at first either. I had to manually update my microsoft .net framework in order for it finally work. Computers and frustration, I have no idea what your talking about wink.gif.
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Furmark,MSI Kombuster, Intel burn - in are overkill...nobody is gonna do that to their PC with a right mind 24/7.
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Things like this are the reason I have a 1kw PSU. Everyone can say what they want about buying too much PSU, but the extra money means I never run into any problems like this. OCed 2500k, SLI 570s, 2 custom WC loops, blacklights, 2 BD drives, still got plenty of juice left over. There is something to be said for overkill.

As far as stability test run, I would use Furmark and Heaven.
 
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Furmark,MSI Kombuster, Intel burn - in are overkill...nobody is gonna do that to their PC with a right mind 24/7.

+1 to you sir.
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Things like this are the reason I have a 1kw PSU. Everyone can say what they want about buying too much PSU, but the extra money means I never run into any problems like this. OCed 2500k, SLI 570s, 2 custom WC loops, blacklights, 2 BD drives, still got plenty of juice left over. There is something to be said for overkill.
As far as stability test run, I would use Furmark and Heaven.

Its about quality too... Hence why I wonder about your 1kw coolermaster and spending the extra money? A quality 500w is more than enough to run the ops rig, however the psu he has is a budget one that should run his rig until he deems its time to switch it out. If it were me Id swap a neo eco in there and call it done. But gotta work with what you have.
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Its about quality too... Hence why I wonder about your 1kw coolermaster and spending the extra money? A quality 500w is more than enough to run the ops rig, however the psu he has is a budget one that should run his rig until he deems its time to switch it out. If it were me Id swap a neo eco in there and call it done. But gotta work with what you have.

It was more of a general statement than a specific one. I realize that the OP can probably run his rig with a 500W (or even less) PSU, but I keep seeing this trend of "buying only what you need". A 1kw PSU is completely overkill for my rig, no question, but it means I never have to worry about power requirements, as long as I'm not running quad SLI. There is something to be said for spending the extra money (I got this PSU on for a sale and the reviews are pretty phenominal).
 
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Furmark for 24hrs!! this alone has been known to kill a card, Furmark is well documented to be WAY overkill for testing gpu's so much so that most reviewers do not recommend this. If you use furmark an hour or two testing is more than enough thumb.gif,
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Furmark for 24hrs!! this alone has been known to kill a card, Furmark is well documented to be WAY overkill for testing gpu's so much so that most reviewers do not recommend this. If you use furmark an hour or two testing is more than enough thumb.gif,

People have actually ran that program for 24 hours???
What is this I don't even?
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People have actually ran that program for 24 hours???
What is this I don't even?

People who kill their cards this way need better cooling. Doesn't everyone realize at this point that the reference coolers are s***?
 
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So I just got an HD 6870 yesterday and after installing it the first thing I did was overclock it, because I don't have any younger siblings around to abuse.
Disclaimer: This is my first GPU overclock, so I have no idea what characterizes instability in the GPU and instability elsewhere. For instance, the new card sits dangerously near two heatsinks on my motherboard, so I don't know if it may be heating up those components and causing instability.
So it seemed to clock fine to 1000mhz on the core and 1200 on the memory. I ran furmark all night without a problem on extreme burn-in in a 1280x720 window. And then I got brave this morning and started playing with the settings.
Setting it to dynamic camera and full screen caused the card to overload my 600 watt power supply, which I was pretty sure was more than enough to run the card under any circumstances. Turning on post processing with extreme burn-in on full screen 1920x1080 causes the GPU to hang after just a few seconds. Temperature maxed out at 65c with 80% fan usage regardless of settings.
So as the title says, are any tests in furmark similar to a FPU stress test for a processor, in that they're designed to make the GPU fail and are used to determine how long it takes to fail? Or do I just need to back my clock down until all of this is stable?
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People have actually ran that program for 24 hours???
What is this I don't even?

My bad not 24 hrs, but all night doh.gif

op, furmark will stress your card twice as much as the most stressful game or app that you can use on a daily basis so these extreme burn ins are doing no favours for longivity of your new card
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