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Hey guys, I am still looking for used Nvidia from Kepler onwards GPU.

as these are most likely out of warranty by now but the seller will most likely to give me 1-2 weeks personal warranty.

So I would like to know what is the best tools to stress test a Nvidia GPU(at stock setting) to make sure they are working fine/in good condition to be with me for many years. (I intended to use until Nvidia volta comes then switch the old card to another rig)
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Just use it. it'll let you know something is wrong if something is wrong.

But try to use it in all ways that you will be using it, games, rendering, whatever. make sure it can still do its job without giving you problems.
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I have found Furmark is usually a good indicator, artifacts or overheating issues show up really fast. I have a Radeon 5770 that had artifacting issues, after a BGA repair I ran Furmark for 24 hours. Two years of use in my HTPC later it is still okay.
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furmark can be dangerous though.

not only can it exceed the tdp and power draw of your card, this can exceed the limits of your PSU.

Use it at your own accord.
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You can always use the Unigne Valley or Heaven benchmarks.

They would be more accurate to a real world gaming situation.

I would only use furmark for a short test, just to see if there are instant artifacts.
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Unigine Heaven was always very successful in finding issues for me.

From Kepler onwards, the card decides by itself what voltage it wants to use. It will go to its limit only if temperatures are fine and the power usage is below whatever is the target for that card. While you test, force the temperatures down by using an open case or turning up the case fans, and keep looking at the sensor view of GPU-Z or similar. If you don't do that, it won't use the highest possible clocks so you won't see if the chip is really stable or not.

What you could do after that is see at what point it starts to crash if you add a bunch of MHz to the clock offset. If there's headroom over there, you can be sure that it'll be stable at stock clocks.

I have a factory overclocked GTX 680 here with 4GB VRAM that was used for years of compute tasks, rendering stuff with Blender. It can't run stable at its default clocks after that torture, but it runs stable with a -40 MHz (minus forty) offset for the clocks, or if the BIOS is edited and set up more conservative like on the NVIDIA reference BIOS. Diagnosing the issues with that particular card, Heaven was the best and fastest program I could find for crashing it intentionally.
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furmark can be dangerous though.

not only can it exceed the tdp and power draw of your card, this can exceed the limits of your PSU.

Use it at your own accord.

That's not possible for the cards the question is about. Kepler doesn't have a fixed voltage and speed, instead has a list of voltage+clock combinations. It will by itself select a less aggressive combination of voltage+clock to always stay below the card's limit for power draw. It also does that if the chip gets hot.
Edited by deepor - 3/30/15 at 5:34am
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Agreed. OC Scanner, OCCT and Furmark are all useless for Kepler cards with the stock power limited BIOS. And is quite dangerous with a modded BIOS with high Power limit due to the poor power section.
The best thing is to play a demanding game and watch out for artifacts or anomalies yourself. From my experience Sleeping Dogs, Crysis 3, Skyrim with a demanding ENB, Metro games & Tomb Raider with SSAA (4xSSAA can crash unstable memory pretty fast). If the card is unstable it will artifact and crash within a few minutes in those games. Just find a GPU demanding scene and stand still there. You don't even have to move so you notice the artifacts more easily.
The problem with Heaven Benchmark is that it doesn't put enough constant load at the GPU, because the scenes are short and change constantly as a result the GPU won't reach the max temp it reaches in games and will be slightly stable in the benchmark due to the inconstant load and lower temps.
Edited by HeadlessKnight - 3/30/15 at 6:28am
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Anything from 3dmark.
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So I get from u guys is

Unigine Heaven & 3dmark only?

I dont think I want to use games because it will not true push a gpu, not especially for tommorrows games which is going to be harder on gpu. the highest req I own so far is battlefield 3, metro 2033, crysis 2.

Skyrim with mod is more likely to push vram + cpu than the GPU itself.

do we have tools to spot artifact while pushing the gpu as hard as it get? Artifact can be hard to spot if the screen is moving.
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