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Are stress tests (like CINEBENCH) harmful if done too much?

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After doing the tests about three times on my new PC to get a confirmed result, I suddenly wondered how stressful exactly are these stress tests.
Are stress tests something we should try to avoid doing unless we really need it, or can it be done every now and then just for curiosity.

 

Also, I had RGB FUSION (Gigabyte's own RGB control software which takes up about 150MB of ram on its own) on, and also took some screenshots while CINEBENCH test was running.

Does this affect the results enough to warrant a test without them? 

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It will not harm anything as long as the temperatures are okay


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Cinebench uses the Cinema 4D engine so it is basically a 3D rendering program demo.

 

I had computers rending, using all the cores for years.

My i7 2600k did it every day and some nights from 2011 to 2018.

If Cinebench used all your CPU the computer would be unusable for anything else.

The motherboard went before the CPU.

 

The difference I get without a reboot is about 2 points in the single core test so 220 instead of 222. 


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CPU's do wear out over usage, and a lot of benchmarking can accelerate this. That being said, as long as the temps are okay and the voltage isn't ridiculous, they'll last until obsolescence, even under 24/7 100% loading. If the temperature, voltage, or current gets too high, that's when you should become concerned. (Unless you have a Silvermont processor)


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11 hours ago, libykim said:

After doing the tests about three times on my new PC to get a confirmed result, I suddenly wondered how stressful exactly are these stress tests.
Are stress tests something we should try to avoid doing unless we really need it, or can it be done every now and then just for curiosity.

 

Also, I had RGB FUSION (Gigabyte's own RGB control software which takes up about 150MB of ram on its own) on, and also took some screenshots while CINEBENCH test was running.

Does this affect the results enough to warrant a test without them? 

Cinebench is not a stress test. It's a benchmark.

It will not degrade the cpu as long as the system is not overclocked.

If thermals where one's concern, the processors are made to throttle to prevent degradation. 

Anything you benchmark, you want the bare minimum running and max OC for score accomplishment. That's all it's for. Chasing arbitrary numbers.


 

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