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What are you favorite graphics tests / benchmarks for testing stability? [poll]

Poll Results: Favorite benchmarks / tests for GPU stability (choose several)

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 12% of voters (3)
    Unigine Heaven 3
  • 40% of voters (10)
    Unigine Heaven 4
  • 28% of voters (7)
    3DMark 11
  • 20% of voters (5)
    3DMark new (2013)
  • 4% of voters (1)
    3DMark older
  • 12% of voters (3)
    FurMark
  • 12% of voters (3)
    Kombustor
  • 0% of voters (0)
    OC scanner
  • 36% of voters (9)
    general gaming
  • 0% of voters (0)
    game specific benchmark
  • 8% of voters (2)
    other (please post)
  • 8% of voters (2)
    To many options, I just like voting in polls.
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
As a follow up to my "Do you use FurMark thread," I was curious what the different programs are that most people here use for testing their graphics card overclocks. Note that this is not "what is your favorite benchmark," but rather, "what is your favorite benchmark / test specifically for the process of overclocking."

Again, this appears to be a surprisingly contentious matter, with many people having what they think is the ideal testing setup. Discuss what you think the relative attributes of different tests are and why you use them!
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post #2 of 12
30 minutes of heaven plus BF3 for a couple of hours = my test biggrin.gif
post #3 of 12
i like to go with OCCT GPU test with/without Prime95 blend on top... this way my system gets nice and toasty. The graphs generated by OCCT are what matter most to me.
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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinf View Post

i like to go with OCCT GPU test with/without Prime95 blend on top... this way my system gets nice and toasty. The graphs generated by OCCT are what matter most to me.

That sounds pretty intense! mmm... toasted hardware!
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post #5 of 12
This soo needs to be multi option biggrin.gif Like I said in the furmark thread I do a 3 stages of testing. First furmark then a game benchmark loop (crysis 1 is a main stay but I used others as well) and finally random gaming. I'm also taking a liking to the catzilla benchmark as it has a very nice blend of different types of rendering loads.
    
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post #6 of 12
I use Kombuster purely to test my PSU is working well as it will let me draw in excess of 1450w from the wall.

Stability to me is different on every single program I am benching, but for gaming I drop to a 24/7 overclock for ultimate reliability.
Its horses for courses for me, but I do try to get the best scores I can in every bench. IE: 3DMark Fire storm will take 1275 core and 1950 ram, but 3Dmark11 crashes at anything over 1225 core.
post #7 of 12
I've found that on my system, Battlefield 3 will weed out a bad overclock quite quickly. I mean within 5 mins the game will crash if I have an unstable overclock. As of right now, it's my gold standard. I've found that BF3 stable is stable for all games. At least that is with the core clock, mem clock is bad when I see some weird artifacts.
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Ugine valley.
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Azuredragon1 View Post

30 minutes of heaven plus BF3 for a couple of hours = my test biggrin.gif
This. BF3 picks up an unstable overclock within 5 minutes for me usually with a driver crash
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post #10 of 12
A couple of hours using Heaven 4.0 with all max settings. If that's stable I'll just game for a while, games I normally use are BF3, Far Cry 3 and now that Crysis 3 is out I'll be using that too smile.gif
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