So I found a "new" practical stress program for our 8-way processor named Handbrake. Well, not so new as I've used it on and off for several years.
Haven't had time to research if the author made some enhancements to handle parallel processing across the CPUs.
Nevertheless, today I started to encode a BD, and lo and behold all 8 CPUs are running at 100%! Finally an application worthy of our 8350s.
Hopefully not a case of bad programming either. It still takes an hour and a half to encode a 34GB movie...
From the app's log, I found the following.
x264 [info]: using cpu capabilities: MMX2 SSE2Fast SSSE3 SSE4.2 AVX XOP FMA4 FMA3 SSEMisalign LZCNT BMI1
Anyone know of a video encoding app that can use GPUs processing capability?
As the machine needs to run for a while like this, I poked around the board with my laser thermometer. I found a few hot spots on the back of the board in the low 70C range, and some of the caps in the upper left of the CPU on the front side of the board were same. Come to think of it, they are likely the same hot spot. I'll have to get around to putting another fan in that area to see how much it helps. And hopefully the caps are fine dealing dealing with those temps. The heatsink itself seemed to be in the 63C range.Edited by gr8sho - 3/22/14 at 7:31am