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I try overclocking my cards and run benchmarks like unigine and 3dm11 and they seem fine and I get great scores... but then after playing BF3 for like 1-3 hours I'll get a driver crash and then get huge frame stuttering until I reinstall my drivers. What's the best way to test GPU overclock stability?
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Occt but it shows error even at dx10 test lol it is very hard with VGAs
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I usually run Heaven, Valley, 3D Mark, and then game for a while. If it freezes during games drop the clocks by a MHz or two and try again...

Weird that you have to reinstall drivers for it to go back to normal frame rates though...
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Heaven is the most stressful/accurate benchmark you can run, I've had OC's that were "stable" with Valley and Fire Strike Extreme that crashed in 20 minutes on Heaven. 30 min-1 hour should be enough.

Make sure you use Extreme settings with your native resolution.
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You know the answer.. it's in your OP. Play games. If you have Metro Last Light, that's more punishing than BF3, I had to lower clocks for that.
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I try overclocking my cards and run benchmarks like unigine and 3dm11 and they seem fine and I get great scores... but then after playing BF3 for like 1-3 hours I'll get a driver crash and then get huge frame stuttering until I reinstall my drivers. What's the best way to test GPU overclock stability?

In your case, BF3 is your stability test.

Lower you clocks a tad and play few more hours of BF3 and see how it goes. Just test with games you have.

50 runs of Crysis 1 benchmark with AA and another 50 runs without AA help me for testing stability.
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Thanks for all the help, I'll try unigene for an hour. I lowered the clocks by just a few mhz and have been playing for couple hours and it isn't crashing... (fingers crossed)
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I use Heaven and Battlefield 3 to test for stability. That's weird that you have to re-install your drivers after a driver crash. You could try installing the 314.22 drivers to test the stability of your overclock, and to determine whether or not the driver crashes are the result of an unstable overclock or a bad driver release (assuming you're running the latest driver version available).
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Furkmark thumb.gif Completely unrealistic circumstances but it makes sure no matter what you'll be stable. If you pass that you pass across the board. tongue.gif
   
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