Originally Posted by blackguard
It stresses the component. That's what benchmarks also do. Except benchmarks also give you a score.
The fact that it won't resemble real usage (or guarantee 100% stability for real usage) still stands.
But Memtest86 and Memtest86+ don't stress the memory, but rather they just check it for errors. The only things that actually stress the memory are the programs we would use within Windows (or, more accurately, from within the operating system), such as HCi's MemTest
, the Blend test, and even linpack when using the most amount of memory possible (or the highest stress level).
This is a common misconception, and I actually had to have several different people tell me before I would believe it.
But to be absolutely clear: we can't call these programs "benchmarks" for the simple fact that a score is not created. I mean, don't get me wrong: I fully understand that a benchmark stresses your stuff, but the reason why it's called a "benchmark" is because of what I think are obvious reasons.
So, in other words, I'm trying to clarify that we have 3 different categories (chosen in random order):
- Stress Testing
- Error-Checking (for memory only using programs like Memtest86, Memtest86+, and Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool).
I can't use a Benchmarking program to stress my system, and likewise I can't use a Stress Testing program to benchmark my system. On the same note, I can't use an Error-Checking program to stress my memory nor benchmark it. By the same token, I can't use a Benchmarking program to check my memory for errors, nor can I do that with any software from within Windows.
The only reason I did this is because it seems like every time we say something like this where most of us know what is actually being said
, we still have people who see these things and take them literally. Then those same people would go and tell others "Hey, you should try the Benchmarking software called Prime95. It'll really stress your system", or worse yet: "Hey, you should try this Stress Testing program called <insert your favorite Benchmarking software here> because it will really stress your system" . I can't sit here and allow for the possibility of that happening (which wouldn't be the first time for something similar to that happening).Edited by TwoCables - 2/13/10 at 10:13pm