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Burn-In Software

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by GreyGuy, Apr 18, 2011.

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  1. GreyGuy

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    Is anyone using or can recommend a Hardware Diag\Stress Test software? Something along the lines of "Burn In" software. Preferably one that boots from a CD or ThumbDrive and can run once for diags or repeatedly for burn in. Free is always good...
     
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  3. Stoner

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    Prime 95 works well for stress testing.

    http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/

    I run multiple instances ( one per CPU core ). 24 hours seems the most common recommendation that I've seen.
    Periodically, watch your temps to make sure it's not overheating.
     
  4. prunejuice

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    "burning-in" a CPU is largely urban myth.

    There's no conclusive proof that burning in provides any greater core stability to a CPU.
     
  5. Stoner

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    Agreed.
    Myth or not, stress testing a new computer or cpu/motherboard upgrades will test stability and cooling systems for flaws, though.
    I do it on the factory built computers I've bought just to make sure the factory built them properly and they're relatively durable.
     
  6. GreyGuy

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    Thanx for the info but the CPU is only part of the equation. Granted it's a fairly important part but I'm trying to test the whole nine yards. MemTestx86 is good for RAM - There are lots of HD testers out there (though I still haven't found a clear favorite) and that pretty much leaves video. So I'm looking for an all in one that I can boot - start and forget for a while.
     
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    tomshardware does a lot of testing....Have you checked out their site?
     
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