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Old May 14, 2009, 07:31 PM
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Default Intel Burn Test 1.92 Any Good?

Hey guys,

I've been surfing around and found the Intel Burn Test, according to the manual it says:

1. More accurate than Prime95 Small FFTs/Blend.
2. Takes less time to tell if your CPU/RAM is unstable than Prime95 (usually
something like 8 minutes Linpack vs 40 hours under Prime95).
3. Use the same stress-testing engine that Intel uses to test their products
before they are packed and put on shelves for sale.

So is it true? or should I avoid this and stick to prime 95?
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Old May 14, 2009, 07:43 PM
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Good question!
I can't wait to find out what the answer is!
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Old May 14, 2009, 08:10 PM
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Some say yes.
Some say no.

I personally do not like it.
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I prefer LinX myself for Linpack testing. Better GUI/options.

I find it fails much faster than Prime95, but that's just one man's opinion...
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I find folding@home the best cpu stability test i've ever run. Ive had OCCT run for hours,and Prime will run without hickups,but fire up F@h and if its shakey its lucky to run for 5 min. I still like Prime if i'm testing cpu+ram testing though.
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Old May 14, 2009, 09:14 PM
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I'm not fond of Intel's Burn Test either. I just run 2 to 3 hours of OCCT plus some Memtest, then I call myself stable. Some may say it's not stable, but we all have our definition of what's stable.

There is a good thing about Intel's Burn Test. It creates EXCESSIVE heat for the CPU.
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don't likey at all
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I'm not too crazy about it either. It is GREAT for testing heatsink performance but other than that? Not so much.

IMO, a good stability test is never just one program. Rather, you need to use a combination of programs such as Prime 95 and OCCT. Even though it might be perfectly stable in both of those, is it 3D stable? That is a huge question for gamers as me and many other people have run Prime / OCCT for hours on end without an error and then fire up 3DMark or a game and...BAM, instability.

I would suggest you check out some of the motherboard reviews here at HWC and read the Testing Methodology section where we cover what we consider "stable".
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Old May 15, 2009, 07:52 AM
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FYI, i use LinX (which is Intel Burn Test), for about 20 passes. Then i do Prime95 Blend for 2 hours and when i have time i will run Prime95 Small FFT overnight. That is a good mix.

Throw in some benchmark like 3dMark and you can't be better.
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LinX Linpack 0.5.8 - All Available Memory - 25 passes
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If I pass both, i'm solid.
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