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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've been using heavyload for about as long as I can remember, however I've now noticed that while stress testing my computer will occasionally freeze up, this is after switching monitors and GPUs. The overclock has been stable for over a year, and I even dropped the clock speed, and I'm still seeing screen freezes while testing. Wondering what stress test you guys use? And I'm curious if these screen freezes could possibly be a result of the software.

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Prime95 is free

Or AIDA64


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3 minutes ago, Doomerson said:

I've been using heavyload for about as long as I can remember, however I've now noticed that while stress testing my computer will occasionally freeze up, this is after switching monitors and GPUs. The overclock has been stable for over a year, and I even dropped the clock speed, and I'm still seeing screen freezes while testing. Wondering what stress test you guys use? And I'm curious if these screen freezes could possibly be a result of the software.

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I would avoid using a single stress test. Try testing with a few (running one at a time) and see how it does.

 

I've never used Aida64 but many people seem to have good things to say about it.  Prime95 is also generally good.

 

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3 hours ago, AluminiumTech said:

I would avoid using a single stress test.

 

I've never used Aida64 but many people seem to have good things to say about it.  Prime95 is also generally good.

 

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What would you have to say about these unusual and occasional screen freezes during this stress test? Have you ever seen anything like that? And when you say "avoid using a single stress test, do you mean use multiple?

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Just now, Doomerson said:

when you say "avoid using a single stress test, do you mean use multiple?

I would try a few to see how good each one is. and then generally stick to using the best one unless I need to see if the CPU is bad or software is bad.


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3 hours ago, AluminiumTech said:

I would try a few to see how good each one is. and then generally stick to using the best one unless I need to see if the CPU is bad or software is bad.

Currently using Prime95. Hopefully, it's just the software that's bad, and not my Overclock. 

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Prime95 is too strong rape for overclock.

My R5 1600 is stable at 1.4V 3.9GHz everywhere except P95 large FFT test


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9 minutes ago, Doomerson said:

Currently using Prime95. Hopefully, it's just the software that's bad, and not my Overclock. 

Perhaps try Aida64 then or other programs.


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3 hours ago, dave_k said:

Prime95 is too strong rape for overclock.

My R5 1600 is stable at 1.4V 3.9GHz everywhere except P95 large FFT test

I'm currently using Prime 95, but thanks for the heads up.

 

3 hours ago, AluminiumTech said:

Perhaps try Aida64 then or other programs.

Currently using Prime 95, and it doesn't seem to be freezing up like the other test was. So I'm not to sure what was up with that.

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Just now, Doomerson said:

I'm currently using Prime 95, but thanks for the heads up.

 

Currently using Prime 95, and it doesn't seem to be freezing up like the other test was. So I'm not to sure what was up with that.

I'm not sure either.


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3 hours ago, AluminiumTech said:

I'm not sure either.

It's kind of hard for me not to just chalk it up to "Heavyload" not being a very good software. My guess would be is that there is a good reason that people do not typically suggest it 

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25 minutes ago, Doomerson said:

I've been using heavyload for about as long as I can remember, however I've now noticed that while stress testing my computer will occasionally freeze up, this is after switching monitors and GPUs. The overclock has been stable for over a year, and I even dropped the clock speed, and I'm still seeing screen freezes while testing. Wondering what stress test you guys use? And I'm curious if these screen freezes could possibly be a result of the software.

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Every stress test works a little (or a lot) differently. P95, for example, relies on heavy calculations. RealBench makes heavy use of HandBrake encoding, and it stresses the GPU at the same time to increase the overall system power demands. Intel XTU actually uses Prime95, Cinebench renders and OCCT pretty much just goes in and has its way with your CPU.

 

Instability in any test should be considered instability in all tests; however, not all instability is a CPU failure. For instance, I'm 8h stable (which I consider to be "good enough") in all tests except RealBench. LuxMark kept crashing during the stress test. After puking obscene amounts of voltage in to no effect, I finally went online and did some research. Turns out MSI Afterburner conflicts with RealBench. Turned it off and dialed voltage way back, and as of last night I survived 4+ hours of RealBench before instability kicked in. Now, granted, that's a failure I need to account for, so I nudged voltage up ever so slightly and will try 8h again tonight.

 

If you're looking for a favorite, I don't really have one. You can check my profile for my method of overclocking. I've found that if I'm going to hit an error or crash out, OCCT and RealBench are the two tests most likely to do it, so I lean on their results more heavily than the others.


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I just use IntelBurn Test, seems to work just fine.


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16 hours ago, aisle9 said:

Every stress test works a little (or a lot) differently. P95, for example, relies on heavy calculations. RealBench makes heavy use of HandBrake encoding, and it stresses the GPU at the same time to increase the overall system power demands. Intel XTU actually uses Prime95, Cinebench renders and OCCT pretty much just goes in and has its way with your CPU.

 

Instability in any test should be considered instability in all tests; however, not all instability is a CPU failure. For instance, I'm 8h stable (which I consider to be "good enough") in all tests except RealBench. LuxMark kept crashing during the stress test. After puking obscene amounts of voltage in to no effect, I finally went online and did some research. Turns out MSI Afterburner conflicts with RealBench. Turned it off and dialed voltage way back, and as of last night I survived 4+ hours of RealBench before instability kicked in. Now, granted, that's a failure I need to account for, so I nudged voltage up ever so slightly and will try 8h again tonight.

 

If you're looking for a favorite, I don't really have one. You can check my profile for my method of overclocking. I've found that if I'm going to hit an error or crash out, OCCT and RealBench are the two tests most likely to do it, so I lean on their results more heavily than the others.

Just seems kind of pointless to use tests that are likely to cause instabilities that are relative to software. Am I wrong for thinking so?

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13 minutes ago, Doomerson said:

Just seems kind of pointless to use tests that are likely to cause instabilities that are relative to software. Am I wrong for thinking so?

The instabilities are more likely to happen due to oc/cpu then software. I agree with the need to use multiple ways to check oc though, it also depends a lot on the mobo and cpu your using when stress testing.

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15 hours ago, Strike105X said:

The instabilities are more likely to happen due to oc/cpu then software. I agree with the need to use multiple ways to check oc though, it also depends a lot on the mobo and cpu your using when stress testing.

I guess that is a good point, I just got done with a 12 hour stress test, 4.6GhZ on my i5 6600k. 1.315V :D everything looks stable so far....

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