Benchmarking without an OS
Benchmarking without an OS. Simply, it will make life so easy. I need to get a stable OC on a Q6600 with a Maximus Extreme board tonight. Just a quick and dirty dry run, then shipping it out tomorrow. Are there any CD bootable CPU stress testing programs out there? ones with which I can monitor temps and stability???
Try Ultimate Boot Cd for Windows. You need a XP OEM disk to make the .iso. Once you've got it made, XP environment on a CD, no Windows install necessary.
Includes CPU-z, speedfan, Memtest, Prime 95 and about 100 other tools. Should be enough to do what you need.
UBCD for Windows
If you find one, be sure to post it back to us..... :)
I've been looking for something like this for over a year and have yet to find something... :(
At one time there was a live linux distro (I think the name was stresslinux) but when I tried it I couldn't get it to do much for me....
I couldn't get into the stresslinux.org site tonight, but here's a link to the softpedia listing (supposedly a download as well if you want to try it.... ).
StressLinux - High Load System Testing! - Softpedia
Hmm, those look interesting. Right now I am too lazy to take an extra drive out of this system, so I am just installing XP on my 4GB USB drive ahaha.
Heh, well that didn't work. Took forever and got all sorts of BSODs. Rather than remove a drive from my system, I might as well just hook a SATA cable up to it while still in here hahaha. Didn't even need to restart hehehe.
How about StressLinux? Stresslinux is a minimal linux distribution running from a bootable cdrom.
I was going to use it for a project I was working on but never got around to it. I never actually used it but it seemed like a good way to stress test a system quickly without booting into a OS, especially helpful when making quick adjustments to the bios to find the maximum OC.
Actually my original plan was to add StressLinux to my grub boot loader and have it as a bootable option when powering up the PC but I couldn't figure it out. If my memory is correct there is a motherboard (asus I think) that has a built-in linux os that can run some simple apps on it without having a OS installed. I sure it won't be long before there are some user created apps out there for stress testing and monitoring temps. I hope it catches on because I would buy a motherboard just for that feature.
Not Bad, only 9:30 and already at 3.2GHZ. I am going to get it stable here and then ship er out!
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