Originally Posted by VonDutch
i was thinking about (maybe) making a thread about stability testing,
programs to use, how to set up etc..
theres so much difference in using prime95 for example,
what is best, some say 10H, others 12H, i think 18H, others say 24H...
so, what is it, and whats the best procedure,
first test, cinebench, look for whea errors
second, 10-20x ibt, max ram
then prime, 12H, 18H and 24H
i think its the combination of tests that make a oc stable,
even playing a cpu intensive game like bf3,
click around in windows, do some browsing on the net etc, even after 24H prime,
a oc can still fail playing a game, or just browse the inet etc
i took this info from anandtech forum,
LinX (Intel burntest) is superior to Prime95 small FFT for determining CPU core logic stability.
Must run with the IBT thread count set equal to the physical core count of the CPU.
HT slows it down and reduces the ability to determine stability. Set to 4 threads on a 2600K.
Set memory to "All".
Stability Criterion: Must pass 5 cycles minimum, passing 20 cycles is preferred (considered gold standard)
Prime95 large FFT is superior to LinX for determining L3$/IMC stability.
Must use large FFT, blend is insufficient. <- reports indicate this is false for AMD stability tests, see post #4
HT is ok for this test.
Stability Criterion: Must pass 2 hours minimum, passing 12 hours is preferred (considered gold standard)
HCI memtest is superior to LinX, Prime (large or small), and memtest86+ for determining memory stability.
Launch one instance per thread supported by CPU (8 instances of HCI memtest for 2600K)
Set each HCI instance to use an appropriate fraction of the memory...16GB on a 2600K means each HCI instance (there will be 8 instances) are to use 2048 MB.
Stability Criterion: Must pass 200% coverage minimum, passing 1000% coverage is preferred (considered gold standard)
OCCT GPU test w/error checking enabled is superior to Kombustor for determining GPU stability. (updated link to OCCT 4.0.0, thanks NoobyDoo!)
Error checking MUST be enabled by the user (check the box), otherwise you are leaving it up to your eyes to detect visual artifacts which renders the test entirely subjective.
Stability Criterion: Must pass 20 minutes minimum, passing 1 hour is preferred (considered gold standard)
you guys think this is ok like it is, or can it be improved?
for prime i would say, 18H is gold..