Originally Posted by Payne3d
i also use intel burn test to check for stability quickly.
If the overclock isn't stable, it usually hangs in the first few seconds.
After the initial quick test, I just use all the applications (games) I use normally to test stability and go on from there. Maybe it's just me, but I don't want to run stability tests for 24 hours 7 days a week and put unneeded stress on the CPU.
No, neither do I but there is no good reason not to do a few hours of stress testing for an overclock that you plan on using for a year or two. With through stress testing you don't really have to worry that your overclock isn't stable when a game crashes to desktop.
When overclocking my 2500k I was using Linpack with AVX support. That test puts a crazy load on your cpu. The cores would run over 10c hotter than I saw with Prime. I ran that for a couple of hours with no problem. I then heard that Prime blend was a great test for sandy. So, I figured wtf, I'll give it a shot. Almost two hours in I saw an error on a thread.
Who is to say that a game might not crash to desktop on a system that is only stable for a few minutes in Linpack? Now that I think about it I had just that happen with my Q9650. With a certain prime test my system would bsod in minutes.