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I am testing some overclocking results and want to make sure it is stable.

What programs do you use to test your overclocks and what settings/runs do you use?

Currently running LinX on desktop but open to other programs
    
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LinX 20 runs using max memory or Prime95 Small FTTs for 24 hours.
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Stable for me is the ability to run at 100% load for 100% of the time. I have yet to find anything more intense than folding@home for stability testing. I've literally had linx and prime run for hours only to have folding fail less than 20 min in. The same goes for my GPUs.
    
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Nothing I do on my computer will make it crash or malfunction.
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most people will do a stress test on their system. 10-12 hours is common, but for extreme overclocks, sometimes 24 hours is what people test.
pretty much you need your cpu at 100%. after, just say, a 10 hour test, you know nothing will go wrong if your temperatures are OK and the CPU didnt crash. sometimes under full load, not enough voltage is going to the cpu and it will crash etc etc.
so you can use a popular one called prime 95, its free and has all sorts of tests. myself, i use amd overdrive and it has a stress test function. during the test keep an eye on temps
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if it crashes while I'm doing my normal daily stuff it's unstable, if it doesn't it's stable. testing is pointless.
    
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doing anything with your pc on a normal basis with no issue's.

i never did stability test's. i just oc and tweak until a problem arises. which their isnt. so i cna play game's hr's at a time with no issue's.

so im stable. for 1 year total. which is how long iv'e had this rig
    
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by flashbulb View Post
if it crashes while I'm doing my normal daily stuff it's unstable, if it doesn't it's stable. testing is pointless.
an AMD i5 will never be stable LOL

For me, it means never crashing, never spitting bad data, not degrading inside of 5 years, and not leaking enough to blow mosfets.

Basically OEM reliability + a little speed. This rig stress tested for what, a month straight when I first built it! It's definitely stable, although the original power supply was not up to the task.
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Truly stable? There are various methods and time frames for coming to that conclusion & almost no one will agree completely on what will or won't constitute as such.
I've done 12/24hr long p95/linx runs and think I was stable, only to later error or crash halfway through folding a bigadv unit. /shrug.

That being said, the notion that a few hours of anything is going to rule out instability is futile.
Edited by Trigunflame - 1/20/11 at 4:39pm
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