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  1. Intel 1st and 2nd generation i7 CPUs can still run the latest apps and games when overclocked to 4 GHz and above. Try to re-apply thermal paste, clean the fans with a toothbrush, and replace old/dying fans. Noctua NH-D series are the best air coolers around and could be used even if you upgrade PC in the future. From your list, Thermalright HR-02 Macho looks like the best one.
  2. First off, use the recommended tools to test for RAM stability. Try to enable the XMP profile or enter timings and voltages manually. Use AIDA64 to read SPD and XMP data. Try to boost DDR and IMC (CPU Cache) voltages but don't over do.
  3. Look at the motherboard's manual for the CMOS reset pin/button or take off the battery for a few minutes.
  4. A lot of graphics cards come with a bad fan curve. Use MSI Afterburner to setup a custom one.
  5. Watercooling requires maintenance every now and then. As @ir_cow suggested, Noctua NH-D series are the best coolers on the market. I also suggest getting high flow PWM fan/s for maximum performance. Use the BIOS fan profile to make it loud only when needed.
  6. RealBench is oudated and not brutal enough for "absolute stability". But it is very useful in test scenarios of high LLC, C-states, dynamic voltage. Partially. Mass equation solving is a demanding task.
  7. New threads related to unstable overclocks and defective hardware pop up on a regular occasion. It is often asked how to stress test some component. Below you'll find my top picks after weeks of testing - updated for 2020. GPU Unigine Heaven FurMark / MSI Kombuster *GPUs tend to clock down due to power and thermal limits when running FurMark* *Lower resolutions put more stress on the VRMs* Video RAM Final Fantasy XV Benchmark *Set to maximum quality and run in a loop* Memory modules (configuration, timings and overclock) MemTest64 HCI MemTest (one instance per thread) *Best run from safe mode without a pagefile* Linpack Xtreme Memory modules (physical integrity) MemTest86 Processor Linpack Xtreme Prime95 small FFTs Integrated Memory Controller Prime95 custom run of FFTs from 512K to 1024K with 90% of RAM Linpack Xtreme Northbridge, bus and PSU Prime95 custom run of FFTs from 512K to 1024K with 80% of RAM + LuxMark or FurMark running in the background at 720p.
  8. In Windows 10 build 1803, Microsoft made some kernel changes related to hardware timers that broke a lot of device drivers and caused high latency on many systems. Ever since then, Sound Blaster Z / Zx / ZxR series are plagued with issues such as audio stuttering, crackling, popping, and sudden channel swapping. It's been 2 years and Creative Labs hasn't done enough to fix these issues. And therefore, the old house of ngohq.com is proud to introduce a modified driver based on the official software release from September 2019 and unofficial driver release from May 2020. This release is intended to solve issues and will not bring any new features. Instructions: Temporarily disable driver signature enforcement (hold down the SHIFT key while you click on the Restart button in the start menu, select Troubleshoot, Advanced options, Startup Settings, press on the Restart button, wait for the Startup Settings screen to appear and then press on 7), extract the SFX anywhere you want, and then run setup.exe as administrator. Changes (v0.2): * Updated driver to version Downloads: Sound Blaster Z / Zx Modded Driver for Windows 10 | Mirror #1 | Mirror #2 Sound Blaster ZxR Modded Driver for Windows 10 | Mirror #1 | Mirror #2 *Update* There is a new driver on Creative Labs website for Sound Blaster Z published on November 6th, 2020.
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga2svfFX8_I The video above demonstrates the superiority of Linpack Xtreme versus the latest version of Prime95. The overclocked PC passed nearly 2 hours of Prime95's small FFTs torture test and yet completely crashed within less than a minute and a half (77 seconds to be precise) with the bootable version of Linpack Xtreme integrated on Porteus Linux. Computer specifications: Intel Xeon W3680 @ 4.17 GHz (144x29), ASUS P6T (vanilla), 3x 4GB G.Skill Ares F3 @ 2304 MHz (10-12-12-31 CR1), and Nvidia GeForce GTX 970.
  10. In early 2018, security researchers discovered several security vulnerabilities affecting all processors: Meltdown and Spectre. These vulnerabilities allow speculative execution side-channel attacks (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754). While Meltdown was resolved with an OS patch, Spectre required a microcode update. Since the microcode is stored and automatically loaded by the BIOS/UEFI, motherboard manufacturers required to issue an update. However, manufacturers normally release firmware updates only for their newest products. Plenty of motherboards still remain vulnerable until this very day. Intel Microcode Boot Loader is a workaround by ngohq.com for the microcode problem on Intel-based motherboards. It updates the microcode every time the system is booted. Based on Intel BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS), users no longer need to modify BIOS/UEFI ROMs to stay protected from security vulnerabilities, bugs and erratas. This solution requires permanently plugged USB flash drive with at least 25MB (or similar device) and BIOS/UEFI supporting boot from USB devices. Alternatively, advanced users can install it to a local drive on top of the System Reserved partition (see localdrive.txt for instructions). Instructions: 1. Format a USB flash drive with FAT32 filesystem. 2. Extract the archive to the USB flash drive and run install.exe to make it bootable. 3. Enter the BIOS/UEFI, assign the USB flash drive as the 1st boot device and enable legacy boot mode. 4. The boot loader will regularly update the microcode and load the OS. Notes: * This release includes the latest ucodes for 404 Intel CPUs produced from 1996 to 2019. * The ucodes are stored in the \boot\mcudb folder if you wish to update in the future. * If you get 'Ucode not found' warning during installation, or plan to deploy on another PC, look for the correct ucode (by CPUID) in \boot\mcudb and copy it to \boot\mcu. Changes (v0.5.4): * Updated microcode database. Downloads: Intel Microcode Boot Loader | Mirror #1 | Mirror #2
  11. Everyone has its own definition of the word stable. Personally, I like my systems 100% stable without a shred of doubt. According to my standards, 8-12 hours on Windows OR 4-6 hours on Linux with the highest problem size (RAM usage). And if you use high level of LLC or adaptive voltage, it will be wise to run a short test with 1-2 cores to test idle stability.
  12. Glad to be back. Nice to see the site design hasn't changed much. AMD is fully supported. GUI is planned for the next release on Windows. But to be honest, its better to stress test on Linux, the SMP kernel is a lot more sensitive to errors.
  13. Of course its legit. I had another OCC account a decade ago, but I forgot the password and email I used to register. If I spend time on something, why not share it with everyone else? Unstable overclocks been bothering me for ages. Systems pass 24 hours of Prime95 blend and yet remain unstable. 5 hours of Linpack Xtreme on Linux is like 48 hours of Prime95. People are going to hate me after they find out their OC isn't that stable after.
  14. Linpack Xtreme is a console front-end with the latest build of Linpack (Intel Math Kernel Library Benchmarks 2018.3.011) developed and maintained by ngohq.com. Linpack is a benchmark and the most aggressive stress testing software available today. Best used to test stability of overclocked PCs. Linpack tends to crash unstable PCs in a shorter period of time compared to other stress testing applications. Linpack solves a dense (real*8) system of linear equations (Ax=b), measures the amount of time it takes to factor and solve the system, converts that time into a performance rate, and tests the results for accuracy. The generalization is in the number of equations (N) it can solve, which is not limited to 1000. Linpack uses partial pivoting to assure the accuracy of the results. Linpack Xtreme was created because Prime95 is no longer effective like it used to be. LinX, IntelBurnTest, OCCT use outdated Linpack binaries from 2012. Modern hardware requires modern stress testing methodology with support for the latest instructions sets. Linpack Xtreme is available for Windows, Linux, and as a bootable media. The bootable version is considered to be the most superior as the Linux SMP kernel is a lot more sensitive to hardware instabilities than Microsoft Windows. Watch this video for a short comparison of Prime95 vs. Linpack Xtreme. Make sure to keep an eye on the temperatures as Linpack generates excessive amount of stress like never seen before. Changes (v1.1.4): * Fixed a crash on AMD Ryzen processors. * Updated CPUID HWMonitor to version 1.43. Downloads: Linpack Xtreme for Windows | Mirror #1 | Mirror #2 Linpack Xtreme for Linux | Mirror #1 | Mirror #2 Linpack Xtreme Bootable Media
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