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Overclocking CPU/GPU/Memory Stability Testing Guidelines

Feb 11, 2006
Much of this sticky goes back to 2011 with a few more recent posts and I'm wondering if there are new or better testing programs out there and if so what they are.

I am just beginning to build a new box with Asus x99-Pro/USB 3.1 motherboard, G.Skill Ripjaws V series 32GB (8GBx4) DDR4-3200 with 14-14-14-34 timings, i7-5820K CPU with a Corsair H100i GTX water cooler, EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Hydro GPU with water cooler, and Samsung M.2 PCIe SSD 950 Pro.

I'm not really that much of a gamer and the main purpose of this box is image and 4K video editing using Adobe CC suite (Photoshop, Ligthroom, Premiere Pro and AfterEffects). My case is the Thermaltake V71 with three 200mm fans (2 intake, one exhaust) and in addition the two 120mm H100i fans and one 120mm 980 Ti fan with one more 120mm intake fan at the bottom.

I plan to OC a bit but not push it. Probably the best point would be just a bit more than the max GHz/W point which I'd guess would be about 4.1GHz so perhaps 4.2GHz or there about's. I figure a similar conservative OCing of the GPU and RAM. The goal of OCing is to improve performance without risking reliability or upping the noise by very much. A large video render could tax the system for a few hours though with a system this powerful that's not that likely. Still, I want it to be stable and not too loud while rendering.

So that brings me to the best CURRENT stress tests and benchmarks. It looks like Prime95 and IntelBurn Test will stress the CPU pretty well but I don't think I want to really push the tests way beyond real world stress levels. For GPU I was thinking UNiGiNE would be a good test with Cinebench for benchmark. For RAM ... MemTest.

I guess what I'm asking is what, in 2016, are the best tests for stress and benchmark programs for a box that's aimed at image and 4K video editing?

Intel burntest is still the best for cpu. Op is wrong, set threads to max inc HT (12 in my case) generates the most heat. As long as your oc stays under Tj max (100c for most Intel I think) it's good. It will never get that high in real world. Mine will hit 96 after 10 mins but rarely goes over 65 in rendering or games.

For gpu, use Furmark. Make sure you turn on error checking. Hit F1 for the menu.
Jun 11, 2007
This thread was very helpful. First time I'm using an intel processor and honestly seeing the temps hit above 80 scares me lol. So used to AMD and keeping temps below 60..