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Speed and stability tester?

by Oracle_360 / January 25, 2006 2:51 AM PST

I recently bought a high-end gaming machine, and I'm looking to do some speed and stability tests, to see how it performs overall. Does anyone have any good suggestion for either free utilities, online web services, or the like?

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So far, haven't found one. But...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2006 2:56 AM PST

Game demos usually highlight any omissions by either the builder or who installed this OS.

Try Battlefield 2 or Quake 4 demos.


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search the web..
by SlushKen / January 25, 2006 2:57 AM PST

search the web for Benchmark applications/software.

3dMark is a common one.

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No all in one
by joe_smith / January 25, 2006 3:08 AM PST

But there are some other programs you can run to test different elements.

memtest86 is a good one to make sure you've got good RAM. It'll put it through all the paces. Since bad RAM can have a negative effect on overall stability, this is a good thing to do.

So long as you don't get caught in the pissing contest most people do with benchmark programs, they can be excellent stress testers. They can also be useful for pinning down performance bottlenecks. Just don't get obsessed with having higher numbers than someone else.

You can also check around for burn-in programs that most computer makers use as a final quality check on systems. Typically these programs are left to run for 3-5 days straight and put the hardware through a number of paces.

None of this is any guarantee that things will remain stable. Hardware can fail as it ages, software can become corrupted, and never discount the possibility of random flukes.

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Thanks for helping
by Oracle_360 / March 27, 2006 4:45 AM PST
In reply to: No all in one

Thanks for all the good advice. I downloaded 3Dmark, we'll see how that goes, and I'll take your words about the validity of the results to mind.

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