Originally Posted by Ropey
He's taken your advice and tested with 3DMark/Other Game Benchmarks/Demos and now is in the process of rendering to DVD work that he has been compiling for weeks and now is in the final process of transcription.
Five hours into the transcription the system fails, crashes and corrupts his original data.
Oh, of course, you can create any number of situations that could be possible, but are highly unlikely. Just because Prime crashes, DOES NOT mean your system is unstable.
Your system could churn away at any number of benchmarks/stability testers, YET fail Prime. What does that actually tell you?
I say this from experience. I had a Mobile Barton 2500+ overclocked to 2475mhz. Every test I threw at it would pass without error or flaw, from Hot CPU Tester, to CPU Stability 5.0 by Jouni, to over 5 hours of 3DMark. Yet, it would never pass the first minute of Prime.
Frankly, if I fail a Prime run, I'm not going to worry about it. As long as my PC can stably perform the tasks that I except it to do, then why would I care if I fail a prime run?
My point is, Prime isn't the end all-be all of stability. People put way too much importance into the stability/performance of an obscure process that not many people will actually use other then testing stability of their system. Prime is a very specific, unique application. If all you do is use Prime to test stability, then you might be inline for a rude awakening.