Originally Posted by _GTech
LinX is a much better stress tester, you will know very soon if your OC is stable & good, the key is to ensure that all GFlops & Time to do the test are very close. I simply hate running through 8 hours of Prime 95 only to run LinX 10-30 times and see it error out..
This tutorial can help you further
This is not true with sandy. The best stress test out there for sandy in prime95 blend. i Can pass 200 passes of linx with lastest pack only to find out that it crashes within a minute in prime95 blend. This has been discuss 100s of time here with sandy bridge.
Run linx or IBT (same has linx) see if you can do 20 pass max memory. Jump to prime 95 blend (which will probably fail) for a few hours. Give it a little more volt if it does fail. Watch your temp while increasing the voltage.
You don't have to go 4.5ghz, 4.6ghz, 4.7ghz and testing stability. If you want 4.8ghz start from there see if it is stable with the right temp and right voltage stay there or go a little higher. if not then move down to 4.7ghz and so on.