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Poll Results: Do you use FurMark?

 
  • 34% (26)
    Yes
  • 40% (31)
    No, I use other tests
  • 21% (16)
    No! It destroys your GPU!
  • 3% (3)
    No, not applicable
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post #41 of 50
No way, i have a reference gtx 570 which is known for weak VRMs, even stock on water, I could blow my card within 15 mins of frumark. Temps have nothing to do with it, weak VRMs are EVERYTHING with these 570s.
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post #42 of 50
The VRM temps do not help either. Thats why I love my 7970. The VRMs stay icy under load. Normally almost 10c colder than the core does.
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post #43 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by heroxoot View Post

All Furmark does is cause heat. My 7970 gets artifacts no matter what the clocks are if the temps pass 80c.
Yeah, I've noticed that this is the case on my GTX 480 as well. On OC scannerX it could pass without artifacts, until it gets past 80 degrees; artifacts come quickly after that point.
post #44 of 50
Quote:
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Quote:
Originally Posted by heroxoot View Post

All Furmark does is cause heat. My 7970 gets artifacts no matter what the clocks are if the temps pass 80c.
Yeah, I've noticed that this is the case on my GTX 480 as well. On OC scannerX it could pass without artifacts, until it gets past 80 degrees; artifacts come quickly after that point.
Yes but during normal games, nothing can push past 55c for me normally. Heavenmark gets to 65c after a few loops. Thats why I think this is the best. Heavenmark is more likely to show artifacts because its tailored more like an actual game. Thats how I test my GPU and its shown to be fine when playing real games that are heavy.
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post #45 of 50
Quote:
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Yes but during normal games, nothing can push past 55c for me normally. Heavenmark gets to 65c after a few loops. Thats why I think this is the best. Heavenmark is more likely to show artifacts because its tailored more like an actual game. Thats how I test my GPU and its shown to be fine when playing real games that are heavy.
Try a 3Dmark11 test on loop. That's pretty much the max practical temperature that you will ever experience in games.
post #46 of 50
Quote:
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Yes but during normal games, nothing can push past 55c for me normally. Heavenmark gets to 65c after a few loops. Thats why I think this is the best. Heavenmark is more likely to show artifacts because its tailored more like an actual game. Thats how I test my GPU and its shown to be fine when playing real games that are heavy.
Try a 3Dmark11 test on loop. That's pretty much the max practical temperature that you will ever experience in games.
I got that too. In fact I have a serial key for it from a 6850 I bought before my 7970.
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post #47 of 50
Quote:
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All Furmark does is cause heat. My 7970 gets artifacts no matter what the clocks are if the temps pass 80c.Or rather these weird lines in the middle of the fur circle.. I think its some kind of throttling. Best way to test is maxed out except for AA heaven loops. Besides the artifact by the dragon, 2 - 5 loops on heaven mark should show you if its stable or not. The heavy tessellation will kick your GPU if its not stable.

I'm actually not a huge fan of the Unigine benchmarks. Heaven is alright for testing tessellation but other then that I would not use it. 3Dmarks are pretty good when finding relative performance between systems. I also like catzilla quite a bit but there seams to be something a bit off with the point system in it. One thing I hope they would include in "standard" benchmarks is an FPS graph as it is a far better way of showing performance compared to min/max and average numbers.
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post #48 of 50
No, I find other tests to work far better. With Kepler Heaven can make a furmark stable oc crash. Crysis seems to work very well for Tahiti.
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post #49 of 50
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I'm actually not a huge fan of the Unigine benchmarks. Heaven is alright for testing tessellation but other then that I would not use it.
But how well do they test instability for you?
post #50 of 50
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But how well do they test instability for you?

I would not use 3dmark or Unigine to test stability. In my experience both are finicky and can crash for other reasons besides oveclocks. When testing stability I usually do a quick test with furmark to get a rough sense of stability. If you can run 20min of furmark without issues then you know you are in the ball park of stability. Then I move to a real world test. IMO the old crysis 1 benchmark is quite good and I leave that looping for a couple of hours. If there is still not hangs, crashes or artifacts then I just use thous settings for gaming. If I encounter some issues in some other game then I just do some minor adjustments. If I still get the issue then I drop back to stock to check that its not a driver/game issue.

And that's how I go about OC graphics cards.
    
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