Originally Posted by iRandomize
Stability testing 101: Play games, if you crash you are unstable, if you don't, you are stable. If you get artifacts, your memory is too high, if you don't, they are not too high.
It is my humble opinion, that people take GPU stress testing way to seriously.... Heaven 4.0 crashes my memory overclock in less than 30 seconds, but i have never seen a crash, nor artifacts, in any game...
Yeah, but its not always as easy as it sounds.
I did exactly as you advice, and ignored the fact that my memory would artifact in 3dmark06 ( it didnt even crash Heaven 4.0- I run it for 2 hours, no single artifact or crash )
I am playing Far Cry 3 now, after about 10 hours of gameplay it crashed ( two session of about 5 hours over 2 days)
I left core at stock just to test if 3dmark06 results regarding memory artifacting have any meaning - and they have.
When I just got my card, I played Far Cry 3 for about 20 hours without single crash or issue. ( without any overclocking )
All these stress runs and benchmark do is expose unstable overclock much sooner, if card is unstable if will crash sooner or later in some game
Only difference is you can know within an hour or even sooner, or you can know after 10 hours or even more playing games
If Heaven 4 crashes in less then 30 seconds, not only is your memory unstable, but it is really, really unstable
I gurantee you that you will have problems in some game sooner or later
EDIT : I just tested Far Cry 3 with memory overclock so high it would crash/artifact in Heaven after 30 seconds...
I played it for about 7 minutes until I was back at desktop
Did you try playing Far Cry 3 with so unstable memory OC ?
It really seems Far Cry 3 wins by far as the best game to test gpu overclocks-its sensitive to both memory and gpu unstability Edited by digiadventures - 3/1/13 at 8:03am