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What is furmark and is it free?

is it gpu test? or cpu?

whats the difference between furmark and 3dmark?
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post #2 of 17
It's a GPU stress tester, you can run it after overclocking or even on stock to check if the card is stable but I really wouldn't recommend it, there are far safer ways to check the stability of your GPU. I'd choose 3DMark over it tbh.

Here's the link if you do want to download it (it's free) http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/
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Furmark is a GPU test and is considered by many to be an outdated test that does nothing but heat up your GPU.

3dmark is also a GPU test but has similar graphic style to a game.

3dmark firestrike and Unigine Heaven are two decent and free utilities to test your GPU overclock.

Firestrike also has an extreme version which you have to buy.
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post #4 of 17
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okay, I have 3dmark (bought it couple months ago when steam had it for $4)

so basically if u have 3dmark you dnt need furmark right?
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post #5 of 17
Furmark is free, it should be since it isn't really useful for much.
It is basically a power virus, it will load a gpu as much as possible & drive the temps to the max (can be useful to see the max temp a card can hit at a given voltage), but is not useful as a stability test, so basically will just show how hot the card can get.

3dmark is a benchmark, it will give a score at the end to see how system changes affect the outcome, & scores can be compared to other peoples' systems. It can be used for preliminary stability testing, get all stable in 3dmark & that can be a first step to testing overclocks for gaming (bench stable is not usually 24/7 all games stable, but a step in that direction).
    
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post #6 of 17
Yes it's free.

What is FurMark?
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FurMark is a very intensive OpenGL benchmark that uses fur rendering algorithms to measure the performance of the graphics card. Fur rendering is especially adapted to overheat the GPU and that's why FurMark is also a perfect stability and stress test tool (also called GPU burner) for the graphics card.
It's primarily a GPU stress testing program however I would advise against using it as it puts an unrealistic load on your GPU and, in some cases, has been known to cause damage to GPU's.

What is 3DMark?
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3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark Corporation (formerly MadOnion.com and initially Futuremark) to determine the performance of a computer's 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. Running 3DMark produces a 3DMark score, with higher numbers indicating better performance. The 3DMark measurement unit is intended to give a normalized mean for comparing different PC hardware configurations (mostly graphics processing units and central processing units), which proponents such as gamers and overclocking enthusiasts assert is indicative of end-user performance capabilities.
3DMark is primarily a benchmarking tool, used for testing the performance of your system as a whole. If you want to stress test your GPU, I would definitely recommend this over FurMark. It is a paid program but there is also a demo version. This puts similar load on your GPU to what you would get in actual gaming scenarios so is a much more realistic test.

Hope this helps. smile.gif
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FurMark is by Geeks3D
GPU Stress Test
OpenGL Benchmark

3DMark/Futuremark has different benchmarks, DX10, DX11, CPU and even Mobile benchmarks.



FurMark is primarily a GPU stability tester which basically "stresses" the GPU. Its an alright utility just to see how high temps go but theoretically no game will really stress it to that extent and in most cases it can damage your GPU. It has a benchmarking component but its not really widely used in terms of showing the card's potential.

3DMark has different version with the most recent one being "3DMark" also known as 3DMark2013, this benches GPU and CPU with more on the GPU side but the CPU's physics component does change up the points up a bit in terms of benchmarking score. It is a good benchmarking program to compare your system with other configuration and highly used in GPU reviews. In the long run its still a synthetic benchmark, your best bet to test stability is to actually test a game.

Both FurMark and 3DMark is free with 3DMark charging for license if you choose to which unlocks the program so you can run selected benchmarks rather than the entire + demo.
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post #8 of 17
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Okay, so
furmark = stress test
3dmark = benchmarking tool

Now new question (sorry guys biggrin.gif)

what is the difference between a stressing test and a benchmarking tool?

(In the dumbest explanation possible)
with the above post, it seems to me its the same thing to me
Edited by IMKR - 3/5/14 at 4:01pm
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Okay, so
furmark = stress test
3dmark = benchmarking tool

Now new question (sorry guys biggrin.gif)

what is the difference between a stressing test and a benchmarking tool?

The amount of stress Furmark puts on the card is unrealistic and far more than any game or benchmark will.
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Furmark is a GPU test and is considered by many to be an outdated test that does nothing but heat up your GPU.

You are literally the first person I have ever heard say that. Furmark can always cause artifacts for me when other tests fail.
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The amount of stress Furmark puts on the card is unrealistic and far more than any game or benchmark will.

Which is good, you shouldn't be running things at near their limits for extended periods of time.
    
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