Originally Posted by ny_driver
yes it fails L1. what I don't understand is why it fails there, yet I can run prime for hours with no errors and the computer works "seemingly perfect"? on top of that...prime runs the cpu @ 100% and s&m was only running it @ 75%
I'm thoroughly confused about that.
How many hours can it run prime? And which primetest did you run?
As thlnk3r stated, no programs really stress the CPU as much as S&M does. When you run the test, to get the "highest quality" results, it's best to have it set to maximum load.
I have somewhat revised the way I test like this: For initial overclock test (CPU only) I run S&M short duration @ 100%. If it passes that, then I run Prime95 for an hour. If it passes that I move on to my next OC step. If I'm at the final OC, I let prime95 run for a minimum of 8 hours. My sig rig I let run for 16.
Something kind of neat I've noticed with S&M: when you first start S&M and the loading dialog box appears, if the voltage is too low for your CPU frequency the green loading status indicator won't show up. It'll just stay blank as S&M loads up. It's actually very consistent.
Thanks Hue, that very slight overclock wound up being 3 hours stable. Then @ 2760 @ 1.344v she was 2+ hours stable. Now I've got her sitting at 2903MHz @ 1.42v (was too tired to mess with the voltage properly, I just upped the "special control" to 110%
), at any rate, that OC is 5 hours 11 min stable. I think that I'll need ~1.5v to get 3000MHz stable. @ 1.42v it booted and even primed for about 5minutes before 1 core failed.
At any rate,I'm pretty happy with it's performance. The Xiggy DK keeping hercool is also doing an excellent job. @ 1.44v (vcore jump under load) it keeps both cores under 60C, according to smart guardian the CPU is at 43/44C
I'll try dropping the voltage later, then I'll mess with OCing those Corsairs to see what they can do. Once all is said and done, I'll load up Everest ultimate and run some benchmarks.
Originally Posted by thlnk3r
Ny_driver, the testing that S&M performs is more strenuous than Prime95. Txtmstrjoe lost a set of a memory to this specific stress tester. It's quite intensive. I'm perfectly fine with Prime95/OCCT...everyone has their own testing methods. How often though will you be running an application that stresses the processor like S&M does? I'm assuming not often especially if you just browse the internetz and check email. Don't worry about being 100% stable, it's never going to happen regardless
I personally like S&M for checking out the CPU performance and thermal threshold. As usually the FPU test gets it the hottest, I've noticed that the FPU test on average gets the CPU aboutn 5C hotter than prime95 blend test.
But when testing overall system stability, can't really beat Prime95.
I was thinking of trying out linpack as I've seen a lot of others (mainly intel people) using it.