I recently put together a new system and am interested in overclocking it a bit. It runs great, but just like any hardcore gamer with a new system, I'm looking for that extra little push. The problem I'm having is I can't find any decent benchmarking or stress-testing software for my rig that I'm comfortable with. My current rig is listed on my profile, but in short, I'm running a Gigabyte mainboard with an AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4GHz cpu and an XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 card.
I'm also looking for monitoring software/apps that are compatible with the LCD screen on my G510 gaming keyboard. Any help is appreciated and Thanks in advance!
AFAIK logitech software comes with CPU temperature and load apps for the G15/G510, and you can use MSI afterburner for tweaking settings and overclocking the video card, and it allows you to view temperatures and loads on your keyboard. I use prime95 for stress testing, and 3Dmark 11 for benchmarking.
Thanks everyone for the help! MSI Afterburner and Prime95 both installed and seem to be just what I was looking for! Graphics card is OC'ed to the fullest extent, or at least as far as MSI Afterburner would let it go. Tested it with a few games and applications, all ran beautifully with increased framerates. Going to set Prime95 to run overnight tonight and see how that goes in the morning.
Also, I've been running CoreTemp with the Google Desktop Gadget "All CPU Meter", which has been working great, but started showing a straight 32°C on all four cores after overclocking the CPU only a little bit. Has anyone else come across this before?
That's exactly what I did. Max temp it hit was about 60°C, and I'm comfortable with that. I'll keep a close eye on it, regardless, just in case it spikes at some point. I ran MSI for about 10 minutes each time I raised the clocks (raised them about 20-25MHz each time) and didn't see any artifacts. So far, so good :D
Ran Prime95 last night for a full 12 hours without any problems being reported :). Thanks for all the help guys! I really appreciate it! Much better than the last forum I asked for overclocking help on (got trolled so hard, it would make Rumplestiltskin look lazy on the job lol).