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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 04:57 AM
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I've tried Unigine Valley. I thought the Unigine was the older one, that's why I didn't try it.
Heaven Benchmark 4.0 is the latest one, trust me if your GPU passes 3 benchmark test on there. then you good to go my friend thumb.gif.

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Alright guys. I've been using unigine valley to test overclock. Run 4 passes.
I use furmark to test max temps. Run for 15 minutes.
I use OCCT gpu test with a 120 fps cap to see any subtle instablility. (ex: errors) This way I don't fry my card. Run for 15 minutes.
Then I will try some games and watch videos on YouTube to test stability.
I'll keep you guys posted.thumb.gif

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Alright guys. I've been using unigine valley to test overclock. Run 4 passes.
I use furmark to test max temps. Run for 15 minutes.
I use OCCT gpu test with a 120 fps cap to see any subtle instablility. (ex: errors) This way I don't fry my card. Run for 15 minutes.
Then I will try some games and watch videos on YouTube to test stability.
I'll keep you guys posted.thumb.gif

Sounds good...other than the Furmark, OCCT, and youtube parts.

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try BF4.

BF4 is great for testing OC..
if you have texture flashing, see through textures, your guy hitting invisible walls, or just plain crashes on you it does it right away.


i set my OC on my gpu ran heaven for 4 hours.. no problems.

fire up BF4 and in 10 minutes blue screen.
had to bump up voltage to get stable.

i can now play BF4 for hours and have no issues..

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My way of testing for stability has been like this with 290X cards:

Unigine Valley until it reaches max temps, then leave it running for 30min. Takes a while to get to max temp if cards are watercooled.
If it passes, then I just fire up BF4 and play couple of runs or until it crashes.

Valley has been great for checking initial stability and upping the clocks, because it really pushes the gpu on shader / ram / power areas.
BF4 is better for checking if the clocks are really game stable.

OCCT / Furmark are bad choices for stability testing because they make unrealistic load on the gpu's. That's why they are defined as power viruses.
My completely game stable clocks (1200/1600) gives me a Black Screen on my 290X CF and a couple of seconds later, my PSU shuts down the moment I fire OCCT / Furmark.
My 1200w PSU can't keep up when power virus pays a visit weirdsmiley.gif
BF4 usage is at around 1100w, measured from socket. Valley eats 1050-1080w.

Setup: 3930K, 2x290X CF, 1200w Strider Gold PSU

I actually did test Furmark vs Unigine Valley when these cards were released and it was interesting journey so to speak:

Unigine Valley settings: Ultra / 1600p / 8XAA

Power usage measured from socket.

Stock Clocks
Valley : 345w (Powertune 0% & 50%)
Furmark: 385w (Powertune 0%)
Furmark: 450w (Powertune 50%)

Core: 1200Mhz @ 1.337v (real: 1.25v), Powertune: 50%
Valley : 415w
Furmark : 590w !!!

Those test were done with 2600K (stock clocks) and single 290X (watercooled).
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My way of testing for stability has been like this with 290X cards:

Unigine Valley until it reaches max temps, then leave it running for 30min. Takes a while to get to max temp if cards are watercooled.
If it passes, then I just fire up BF4 and play couple of runs or until it crashes.

Valley has been great for checking initial stability and upping the clocks, because it really pushes the gpu on shader / ram / power areas.
BF4 is better for checking if the clocks are really game stable.

OCCT / Furmark are bad choices for stability testing because they make unrealistic load on the gpu's. That's why they are defined as power viruses.
My completely game stable clocks (1200/1600) gives me a Black Screen on my 290X CF and a couple of seconds later, my PSU shuts down the moment I fire OCCT / Furmark.
My 1200w PSU can't keep up when power virus pays a visit weirdsmiley.gif

Setup: 3930K, 2x290X CF, 1200w Strider Gold PSU

I actually did test Furmark vs Unigine Valley when these cards were released and it was interesting journey so to speak:

Unigine Valley settings: Ultra / 1600p / 8XAA

Power usage measured from socket.

Stock Clocks
Valley : 345w (Powertune 0% & 50%)
Furmark: 385w (Powertune 0%)
Furmark: 450w (Powertune 50%)

Core: 1200Mhz @ 1.337v (real: 1.25v), Powertune: 50%
Valley : 415w
Furmark : 590w !!!

Those test were done with 2600K (stock clocks) and single 290X (watercooled).

i've seen what one of your 290x's can do.thumb.gif

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You should use these settings to truly test your GPU with OCCT:

DirectX Version: 11
Resolution: Native
FullScreen checked
Error Check checked
Shader Complexity : 7
FPS Limit: 0 (if you set this to anything else, you're not fully stressing your GPU)
Memory used: *may* want to use this setting (at max 2000 MB) when testing a video memory overclock


These guys really don't know what they're talking about. They write-off OCCT because it shows how unstable their inflated overclocks really are. If you believe it's necessary to run Prime95 for 12 hours or so to verify stability of a CPU overclock, then 1 hour of OCCT's GPU : 3D test (using the settings I mentioned) should be utilized to test a GPU. As with any of these stress-tests, you shouldn't use your PC or have any other programs running while testing.

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I use unigine and BF4 (or any demanding game). I try to get sub 60 FPS as much as I can to stress the card (in BF4 I just scale the resolution). Unigine or any benchmark like furmark or occt is extremely bad to tell you if the card is unstable or not. A game will often crash with perfectly stable clock in benchmark.
Now what I do with the r9 290 was playing in the test range to see if the clock are bare minimum stable. Then I go play a multiplayer game and if nothing is wrong, the clocks should be stable (until you see something unusual). There's no magic recipe, just play with it!
My R9 290 seems to do 1100 fine but when it gets hot it tends to make artifacts (black little squares). I haven't figured out what that was caused by but it seems hot VRM could be the cause. 1060mhz on the core and no black squares... quite a big difference!

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