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This is how I start my testing:

 

* Change a setting in the BIOS. (I record the setting in Excel)

* Boot to Memtest and run test 5.

* Boot into windows.

* Run Prime95 for 30 mins. http://mersenne.org/gimps/p95v238.zip

* Run Everest Benchmarking test. http://www.lavalys.hu/downloads/everesthome200.zip

* Run Sandra RAM and CPU tests. http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.h...all&langx=en&a=

* Run 3Dmark 01. http://www.futuremark.com/download/?3dmark2001.shtml

* Run 3Dmark 03. http://www.futuremark.com/download/?3dmark03.shtml

* Run 3Dmark 05. http://www.futuremark.com/download/?3dmark05.shtml

* Run Aquamark3. http://download.guru3d.com/aquamark3/

 

If all tests pass:

 

* Run OCCT stabilty test. (30 mins or so) http://www.ocbase.com/OpenBeta/OCCTv0.91.exe

* Prime95 for 8'ish hours while I sleep.

* OCCT for 8'ish hours while I work.

 

This gives me a pretty good indication whether I'm stable or not.

 

Also: Once you have a stable OC, please post the results in the OC DB!! Make sure the OC entry looks like the rest or you will have an angry Angry_Games gunning for you.

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you should also run test 7 and test 8 in memtest as both test 5 and 7 can pass but 8 may fail. also to truely test for stablity make sure you use blend option in prime95 as it also tests the ram for stability.

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btw- I think your way of testing stability is very good and fully inclusive. I ran prime95 and was passing all the blended tests fine but got multiple crashes playing some star wars game. I think testing stability with a few game benchmarking programs is smart.

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In Prime95 you should run blend to test the RAM, large ffts to test overall stability and heat, small ffts to test CPU stability.

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This is how I start my testing:

 

* Change a setting in the BIOS. (I record the setting in Excel)

* Boot to Memtest and run test 5.

* Boot into windows.

* Run Prime95 for 30 mins. http://mersenne.org/gimps/p95v238.zip

* Run Everest Benchmarking test. http://www.lavalys.hu/downloads/everesthome200.zip

* Run Sandra RAM and CPU tests. http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.h...all&langx=en&a=

* Run 3Dmark 01. http://www.futuremark.com/download/?3dmark2001.shtml

* Run 3Dmark 03. http://www.futuremark.com/download/?3dmark03.shtml

* Run 3Dmark 05. http://www.futuremark.com/download/?3dmark05.shtml

* Run Aquamark3. http://download.guru3d.com/aquamark3/

 

If all tests pass:

 

* Run OCCT stabilty test. (30 mins or so) http://www.ocbase.com/OpenBeta/OCCTv0.91.exe

* Prime95 for 8'ish hours while I sleep.

* OCCT for 8'ish hours while I work.

 

This gives me a pretty good indication whether I'm stable or not.

 

Also: Once you have a stable OC, please post the results in the OC DB!! Make sure the OC entry looks like the rest or you will have an angry Angry_Games gunning for you.

 

man.. that's a lot of time for one measly setting.

 

honestly, i think you can cut out several of those steps and still be perfectly fine.

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run memtest 4 hours minimum, overnight preferred

 

run 3dmark01 once to get benchmark

run prime95 8 hours minimum

run 3dmark03/05/Aquamark3

run Everest/Sandra for memory benches

then loop 3dmark01 for 8 hours minimum

 

time is the only thing that can torture a machine enough...30 minutes, no matter how stressful, is not enough

 

http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11754

 

 

anything less is LAZY (read that link i put above this sentence)

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Here's the way I do a complete test of a oc....

NOTE - each step has to complete without any errors before I start the next one.

 

Memtest #5 - 10 passes

Memtest #8 - 10 passes

Memtest all - 8hrs

SuperPi 1M - 5 passes

OCCT (30 min Test) - 5 passes

SuperPi 32M - 5 passes

AquaMark 3 - 5 passes

3DMark01/03/05 - 5 passes each

FarCry HOC Pier demo - 25 passes (custom batch file to run game in a loop)

Prime95 - 8hrs+

 

Then if all that passes, I play HL2 from start to finish in one go (approx 6.5hrs)

 

If its still ok, oc is stable

 

I know its overkill but I don't want my system to crash in the middle of a LAN party

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Here's the way I do a complete test of a oc....

NOTE - each step has to complete without any errors before I start the next one.

 

Memtest #5 - 10 passes

Memtest #8 - 10 passes

Memtest all - 8hrs

SuperPi 1M - 5 passes

OCCT (30 min Test) - 5 passes

SuperPi 32M - 5 passes

AquaMark 3 - 5 passes

3DMark01/03/05 - 5 passes each

FarCry HOC Pier demo - 25 passes (custom batch file to run game in a loop)

Prime95 - 8hrs+

 

Then if all that passes, I play HL2 from start to finish in one go (approx 6.5hrs)

 

If its still ok, oc is stable

 

I know its overkill but I don't want my system to crash in the middle of a LAN party

 

man , do u have time for breathing or going to the WC ?

 

and [email protected] in 6.5 hours, u r very amazing , i think ur stability steps takes more than 24hours

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