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What alternative for stability testing is there from Heaven?

I'd use 3DMark Extreme, but it costs money. :X

Performance doesn't seem like a true stress test...
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well, I agree on seeing issues with Heaven 3.0 and Keppler cards (running specific BIOSes), but what if one of games uses similar engine to unigine heaven? no play.
using 3dmark11 I was able to bench 1300Mhz on core, but it means nothing for daily use if I couldn't pass Heaven 3.0 even at 1260MHz without seeing a RSOD ...
I don't care about benchmarks as much as general playability of games with my current card...

And a stable run in heaven isn't an assurance of stability in your favorite game, either. Ultimately, whatever you use to test your overclock, the final test is extended periods of time playing your favorite game. I've found that when using the evga tool or Heaven, when either fail, they both fail at about the same clocks. Using the evga tool just seems to do it's thing without random, weird graphic anomalies present that might be driver related, etc. It also has an activate anomaly scanner you can activate that looks for any artifacts.

You should always use your favorite game in an extended gaming session as the ultimate test however.Heaven on one hand gives you a more "realistic" benchmark in that there are peaks and lows with things going back and forth. The evga tool sets you stuff to MAX and just essentially pours the stress on using the default setting, or you can use one of the other tests that mimics what you would get with Heaven and varying stress.
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What alternative for stability testing is there from Heaven?
I'd use 3DMark Extreme, but it costs money. :X
Performance doesn't seem like a true stress test...
Crysis 1 Benchmark tool, you of course need Crysis 1. Metro 2033 benchmark tool is pretty bad TBH unless you loop it or are just stressing memory(I can get my core very high in it.) but like Visceral said, play your favorite game, mine is BF3.
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Battle Field 3 works good to.
    
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why would it RSOD with higher core (and voltage) with vmodded BIOS

Because either a 37mV increase is not enough to reach your chosen clock, it is not a guarantee for higher clocks at all, or what you said was unclear: does the modded BIOS crash at the same clocks as the stock BIOS or at higher clocks?
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What alternative for stability testing is there from Heaven?
I'd use 3DMark Extreme, but it costs money. :X
Performance doesn't seem like a true stress test...

Download Evga precision OC tool it has a stress testing software.
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Crysis 1 Benchmark tool, you of course need Crysis 1. Metro 2033 benchmark tool is pretty bad TBH unless you loop it or are just stressing memory(I can get my core very high in it.) but like Visceral said, play your favorite game, mine is BF3.

I'll be playing GW2 mainly... I guess I'll run high clocks and test which ones crash. That seems to make sense (about playing your favorite games) - every game has a different amount of load so a one size fit all stability test clock may be missing out on some core clock in specific games.

I don't have Crysis sadly, but I guess I'll be using GW2 and seeing if any crashes happen (while monitoring the core clock to check for instability).
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I'll be playing GW2 mainly... I guess I'll run high clocks and test which ones crash. That seems to make sense (about playing your favorite games) - every game has a different amount of load so a one size fit all stability test clock may be missing out on some core clock in specific games.
I don't have Crysis sadly, but I guess I'll be using GW2 and seeing if any crashes happen (while monitoring the core clock to check for instability).

Don't really need high clocks for GW2. I crank everything all the way and smooth 60+ fps and in big groups maybe down to 45-50. This is all when the gpu is left at stock.
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Download Evga precision OC tool it has a stress testing software.

I'm curious - How is OC Scanner better than Heaven?

Edit:
I am using 120% Power on the OC Furry/Tessy Test as opposed to 85% in Heaven. Lol.

Do you OC Scanners use Furry/Tessy?

Also what res?
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When such a stress test causes your card to reach its maximum power target the core clock is heavily throttled to stay within the PT limits, so you have to continuously monitor the core clock to make sure it's still at its max or it's not a valid stability test at all.
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