Most of my overclocks fail between 12-24 hours anyways (in the last week, I failed at 19, 16, 14, 12, and 3 hours).
By the way, when I said this, over the last week, I've actually been lowering an overclock, yet the failures have been occuring earlier and earlier. Just to make clear, failing later and later in prime95 is not, in and of itself, a sign of more stability, nor is being able to pass 12 hours of prime95 mean anything. I had an overclock on one run fail at the 19th hour, then I considerably lowered the overclock and failed at 3 hours. You have
to test for at least 24 hours for stability.
Now if you, say, increase vcore and go from failing p95 from instantly to 6 hours to 15 hours, that's a good sign you're on the right track, but it's just as possible to fail 13 hours the next time you test if it isn't enough voltage.
So you're saying that setting Prime95 to above normal priority would detect errors quicker than later?
Eh. Sure. To keep it simple, sure. I think you can figure out on your own exactly what happens when changing the priority of prime95 and what implications that has.
Also, if I don't plan to use my computer for the duration of the torture test which is better between 90% or 95% of AVAILABLE RAM?
More is better, just make sure you don't write to disc. It'd depend how much your available ram fluctuates. I think there's a way to make sure that your system isn't writing to disc, by going into task manager, resource monitor, disc. Just make sure your HDD light isn't blinking more than when prime95 isn't running (it'll be obvious, and when p95 isn't running there's always a little activity so just a bit of blipping isn't bad).
EDIT: I actually tried running both IBT and Prime95 now and looking at the set priority of both. They both have Normal priority? I thought IBT's default is higher than P95's? Also, why do you choose Above Normal for P95 and not High?
Edited by kevindd992002 - Yesterday at 9:09 pm
In Task manager, it'll come up as normal. In reality, priority goes on a scale of like, 1-20 i think? I'm not exactly sure on the particulars, but 2 programs coming up as normal in task manager does not mean they have the same priority. Are you sure you tested prime95 on it's default worker window of 1 though?
You could set priority to high, that'd be fine. There's no reason to, above normal will be over everything else as it is.