Originally Posted by iwalkwithedead
I might have gotten some of my facts confused with other products on that last question since I am looking into where I found the information out and finding nothing.
I guess I will retract that statement since it is most likely false, being my memory/brain at fault for that one. IBT is used by Microsoft to test their CPUs, they may not be the greatest at a lot of things [not my opinion] I trust them enough to use their software. If my CPU ever fails me then I will not use IBT again and would redo my testing with P95 with the settings that you have recommended. I will also do the suggestion testing when I have time to kill like that. I will do 8hrs but never 24hrs that crap takes to long and to be honest this PC is my only form of entertainment, 24hrs is too long. xD
If your system is not stable right now (and it very well could be unstable), then there's a risk of data corruption. If you ever get data corruption from instability, it could be anything from something very minor to a corrupt text file, or all the way to corrupting critical files - or even irreplaceable files, like a family photo that you just opened. It's like lightning: it can't be predicted when a system is unstable.
Although, the chance of that happening is relatively small. It's much more likely for eventual unexplained lock-ups or BSODs.
If you are going to school or if you have a job, then doing 12+ hours can be effortless. All you would have to do is start the test when you go to bed, and then look at it when you get home the next day. If you go to bed at 11pm and start the test at 11pm, then by the time 11am rolls around the next day, 12 hours will have gone by. By the time 5pm comes around, 18 hours will have gone by. ;)
I would definitely expect Intel to use their own software for testing their CPUs, but it seems to me that the experts here on OCN prefer Prime95 for testing the stability of an overclocked system. I don't know how Intel tests their CPUs, but I am assuming that they only test their CPUs at stock with IBT. Worse, if your version doesn't use the AVX instruction set, then it's not much of a stability test because it's not really stressing the entire CPU, in a sense.