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I'm getting my MSI 460 1GB card tomorrow...as soon as I get it I want to put it through the paces. I've read on a few forums about how some of these cards die after a few weeks, etc. Everything else in my rig has been running good for about 5 months(except a DVD burner went funky), and I'm pleased with this build.

Is there something similiar to Prime that I can use that will simply stress the GPU? I may OC at some point, but I really just want to max the sucker out at stock, "break it" in..so to speak. I've learned quite a bit about OC'ing the CPU, but now I feel as I am back to square one.

thanks,
post #2 of 10
You can use furmark but there isn't really a break in process. Plus some people claim furmark kills cards.
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I generally run kombustor with AA and af maxed out, this gets my temps within a few celcius of furmark. After i do this and get no artifacts, I then run 3dmark 06 and vantage for about an hour looped. The last test is playing my favorite game. I had found that its important to get your card hot which is why i use kombustor. Generally speaking, if your card does fine when its the hotest its going to get, its going to do fine. And for the record, i have never killed a videocard running furmark. I think its crazy to say that your hardware might die if you run this program because its not representing an actual game. If your hardware cant run at max temps during stock settings, its not worth buying.
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Either Furmark, kombustr, OCCT with error check (my favorite), or EVGA OC SCANNER. all are very good, furmark being the most notorious.
     
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http://www.nvidia.com/object/cool_stuff.html#/demos

I like to run the Nvidia demos, kinda gives you a good idea how the card runs.
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post #6 of 10
Furmark, Occt and others are way overkill and are not neccessary. FFXIV, Unigine Heaven, 3DMark06 ect., will work, never break your card.
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Originally Posted by Magikherbs View Post
Furmark, Occt and others are way overkill and are not neccessary. FFXIV, Unigine Heaven, 3DMark06 ect., will work, never break your card.
OCCT doesn't break cards, and you come into OCN saying not to use a stress test program. That's like Overclocking your processor and not using 50 passes of IBT or linx or 24 hours of prime. Sure you'll get away with daily use but it really defeats the essence of Overclocking.
Even as a general test I always use heavy programs. Everytime I get a new CPU I always use IBT 20 pass at stock to make sure it's ok.

It's just something you should do IMO.
     
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OCCT doesn't break cards, and you come into OCN saying not to use a stress test program. That's like Overclocking your processor and not using 50 passes of IBT or linx or 24 hours of prime. Sure you'll get away with daily use but it really defeats the essence of Overclocking.
Even as a general test I always use heavy programs. Everytime I get a new CPU I always use IBT 20 pass at stock to make sure it's ok.

It's just something you should do IMO.
No thanks lol.. OCCT = extreme heat = warped PCB. 24 hours of Prime95 and 50x is again way overkill for me. I am not an extreme OC'er and I like to feel confident about my gear when it comes time to sell.

Nothing I, and most users use will stress the system like OCCT and hours of Prime95 do. I never said do not use stress tests. I did say some are not neccessary.
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Crysis 1 (Because apparently still harder to run than Crysis 2...).
     
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if you own it crysis 1 using the benchmark tool with it set to 99 loops.
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