Originally Posted by TheEddie
I Prime for 24 hours. And a unstable CPU can do plenty harm to a Windows installation. I didn't say that an 8 hour prime is stable, but saying that stress testing is not needed is ludicrous. People new to this hobby should be well informed, and running it until it crashes is not safe practice. What happens when someone is in the middle of a 50 page term paper and it crashes because "it was stable enough to surf the web". Are you going to take fault for that?
Proof? I speak my experience.
Believe me, I understand what you're saying. And I'm not saying that people shouldn't prime or orthos check their OC's. I just think people (not you--I mean newbies) ought to realize that just 'cause their computer passes 8 hours of orthos or prime, it doesn't mean that they have a stable overclock. It doesn't mean that. And just because a rig doesn't pass 20 hours of orthos or prime, it doesn't mean that for all intents and purposes that they don't have a stable overclock either. There are many other computer situations apart from orthos and prime that stress a computer more (or rather, more properly) compared to what the person will be using it for. For example, if they want to game, and their rig never fails when OC'd and gaming for, say, 10 consecutive hours of gaming multiple times in a row, isn't that just as good (and perhaps a little less arbitrary) than an 8 hour orthos test that they may or may not pass? That's what I was getting at. Regarding the 50 page paper--let's just say it's always a good idea to work off of an external drive and have autosave set for every minute...LOL. And keep in mind--just because an overclocked computer passes 20 hours (or whatever other arbitrary time) of orthos, doesn't mean it won't take a crap on you when you're working on your 50 page term paper either.