Quote:What version of Prime though? The latest versions load Haswell chips beyond the point of being able to overclock them and pass. This makes me realize that stress tests are not about passing the hardest one, but about passing reasonable ones. When you hear the word "reasonable" though, you think "low standards" or "not good enough". At least I do.
Originally Posted by SabbathHB
What I ACTUALLY mean by reasonable, is verify and stress to the point that no matter what you do outside that test, nothing will ever fail from an error or be unstable.
Look at this chart:
CRAZY difference! The top few and bottom few seem to be useless for stress testing. But it's actually even more complicated than that. BF3/BF4 is much more likely to make you crash or get a BSOD than AIDA64 5.50.3600 full suite (current version). ANd Prime95 27.9 blend is going to be WAY easier to pass VS the latest 28.7 which is an instant freeze or BSOD for me.
I find one of the best and most REASONABLE benches is Realbench. I've tried a lot; That one sounded "puny" but actually is really tough, it uses a form of Linpack as well but doesn't get to insane temps. It tests using many, many different methods. I find that passing 1 hour with whatev ram it'll let you allocate is enough to call everything by the memory completly stable. If you're paranoid you can verify for 2 hours.
FOr testing the memory specifically you need Memtest by HCI (4.1 free will work). Split 95% of your ram between the number of threads/instances of the program you want to run. 200% is totally stable, 100% is not. (Runs over the same place multiple times to trigger errors).
My eyes are crossing and I'm falling asleep on my keyboard now so I have to go.
EDIT: LOL! I guess it's decided then!!! Realbench stress test for 1 hour should do the trick! I can pass 48 minutes then BSOD - outside of realbench I've had BSODs in BF4 and while watching movies with SVP and madVR so it's not stable. I'd wager 2 hours is a more realistic test.