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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-11-2010, 12:54 PM - Thread Starter
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I was wondering if using BOINC/World Community Grid was a viable means of stress testing a CPU to see if it's stable. Right now, I'm stress testing my recent overclock by setting CPU usage to 100% on the program. So do you think this is a good alternative to Prime95 or OCCT?

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no. Prime95 and OCCT have different tests built in that test different parts of your cpu. OCCT is most likely the hardest on a computer, I'd use that to determine if a computer is stable.

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prime95 tests both ram and the cpu i think boinc just uses up the cpu


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Depening on the project boinc can use a ton of memory i ran some that used 700 megs per cpu core. Boinc can be a decent test to see if your cpu is stable i passed 15 passes of linx at one clock opened boinc and it rebooted in 15mins.


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no. Prime95 and OCCT have different tests built in that test different parts of your cpu. OCCT is most likely the hardest on a computer, I'd use that to determine if a computer is stable.
Totally agree with this - if it doesn't crash after 2 hours of OCCT, it's stable. BOINC does stress the CPU (it varies depending on project), but it's no guarantee

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Do not use as a stress test........sending corrupt work units only holds the project back.

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i have only ever gotten corrupt gpu units running boinc. if i wasnt Oc stable my pc would freeze or reboot running boinc.

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Depening on the project boinc can use a ton of memory i ran some that used 700 megs per cpu core. Boinc can be a decent test to see if your cpu is stable i passed 15 passes of linx at one clock opened boinc and it rebooted in 15mins.
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Do not use as a stress test........sending corrupt work units only holds the project back.

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Totally agree with this - if it doesn't crash after 2 hours of OCCT, it's stable. BOINC does stress the CPU (it varies depending on project), but it's no guarantee

My take is...there are other preograms specifically designed to stress...but BOINC will be the final say in reality as Bale alludes too. Basically - if you're stable with BOINC - you're CPU is stable for Win/gaming....GPU I've found I can crunch at almost 1oo Mhz higher than I can game at (ie my 5850's crunch up to 935...but can only game at 835ish.

But CPU's I've found it's pretty reliable. That being said...what VAIO said should be taken seriously....we're here for science - so always keep that primarily in your mind. Don't try to hold it back! Things happen, you'll crash and that's understandable...but you want to minimize it as much as possible.

Also, I think most projects will re-send wu's that come back with a computation error (what happens when it really goes bad - I had a couple last night when I tried Mucketeer's mem test)....if anyone knows for sure on this...that'd be cool.

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Nah you'd be better off sticking with OCCT, Prime95 Small FTT, or LinX with 20 or more runs.

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