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Well I am feeling like I am pretty close to ending my overclock, but I am going to be running some test again (OCCT and Prime95) but I am just wondering if there is a way to test stability on an overclock faster. For example: If I set my voltages down one step, I would have to do a 12 hr Prime95 to see if its stable. But what if it is and I want to go down another step? Do I really have to run prime95 for another 12 hrs?

Just seems like it would take me nearly a week of not using my pc and running tests. I dont think I can handle the withdrawals.

But, am I able to run prime95 for a couple hours, or the same with OCCT, and then if no errors downstep my voltage again and run? Cutting back on time testing is basically my question.

Any help is appreciated.
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There is no shortcut in testing stability especially if you are using your computer as your workhorse. The quickest test that I use is to run IBT about 10 times and when it passes, then use Prime95.
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For full stability I'd recommend 24 hour P95 actually, I've had things crash in the 16th hour or do. There's really no way of shortcutting around this as far as I know.
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For full stability I'd recommend 24 hour P95 actually, I've had things crash in the 16th hour or do. There's really no way of shortcutting around this as far as I know.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure you can break up the 24 hours, as long as you ensure a full pass is done each time you test. How long does it take to do a full pass of tests, anyway?
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Really the fastest way to test stability... is 24 hours custom prime95 blend test (set priority to 10 or above normal in task manager, that actually speeds up crashes if it's unstable). Likely you'll just keep crashing in 30 minutes until you approach anywhere near stability, so it doesn't take as long as it sounds.

IBT, cinebench, hyperpi, etc, they are just a waste of time. I could do 50 passes of IBT, 32m, etc, on faulty motherboards, faulty ram, terribly unstable overclocks, cpus that were missing pins...

And 12 hours of prime95 is worthless. You need to run it for 24 hours. Most of my overclocks fail in 12-24 hour mark. Why would you only run p95 for 12 hours, which is half of the 80+ tests that p95 does? Either you think prime95 means something or it doesn't, logically makes no sense to only test for 12 hours. And 12 hours is useless, I've had faulty hardware pass over 16 hours of prime95 many times. Most times, actually. I've never had anything faulty or unstable pass 24 hours of prime95 though (well a few times I've had crashes at 25-26 hour mark so I'll say 30 hours).
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure you can break up the 24 hours, as long as you ensure a full pass is done each time you test. How long does it take to do a full pass of tests, anyway?

You cannot. I so wish you could start off where you left off though...
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Really the fastest way to test stability... is 24 hours custom prime95 blend test (set priority to 10 or above normal in task manager, that actually speeds up crashes if it's unstable). Likely you'll just keep crashing in 30 minutes until you approach anywhere near stability, so it doesn't take as long as it sounds.

IBT, cinebench, hyperpi, etc, they are just a waste of time. I could do 50 passes of IBT, 32m, etc, on faulty motherboards, faulty ram, terribly unstable overclocks, cpus that were missing pins...

And 12 hours of prime95 is worthless. You need to run it for 24 hours. Most of my overclocks fail in 12-24 hour mark. Why would you only run p95 for 12 hours, which is half of the 80+ tests that p95 does? Either you think prime95 means something or it doesn't, logically makes no sense to only test for 12 hours. And 12 hours is useless, I've had faulty hardware pass over 16 hours of prime95 many times. Most times, actually. I've never had anything faulty or unstable pass 24 hours of prime95 though (well a few times I've had crashes at 25-26 hour mark so I'll say 30 hours).
You cannot. I so wish you could start off where you left off though...

How do you find time to Prime for 24 hours? Lol?
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Or 30 for that matter....
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I have a friend that cuts the time it takes to do each test from 15minutes to 7.5 minutes and than does only 12 hours that way it will go through all of the tests in 12hours it just tests each fft with less time. i havent done his way but he swears by it
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