I'm opening here a new thread to discuss a subject which may be really helpful for many of us. In this forum (different sections of it) we can meet some very often/familiar situations: somebody just finished building a new system and/or just experimenting new overclocking (OC) settings. In both cases, natural questions raise: Will it work properly? Is it stable enough?
So, the question to discuss is: How to test new builds and fresh OCs?
To start the discussion, I would mention two possibilities raised over the last few days in other threads:
1. Based on my - I recognize, limited - experience, I would use synthetic stress-testing softwares for assessing system's stability after a new build and/or OC'ing. Primarily I'm thinking here about prime95 (for mostly CPU and memories) and FurMark for the graphic cards. I admit that both of these softwares will max out the load on the components in a manner that practically no other applications could do. My idea to use stress-testing is based on the assumption that if a system can withstand this, then it would be no problem for everyday use.
2. I learned recently, from chrsplmr (a long time, very experienced member on this forum), that there is an other method. Loading many applications (net browsers, image-handling softwares, games, videos) to fill up the memory practically, put the system to sleep - then wake it up! If it wakes up with no problems, then testing is considered successful - hope, I got it right, Chris (please, join and share your thoughts)!
HiVizMan (one of our respected moderators, also with extensive experience on the field) already shared his doubts using stress-testings in other threads - I hope, he will give us some explanations and hints too...
So, my fellow ROGers, let's share some thoughts, ideas, experiences about this topic! Thanks in advance for all of those who will participate, "enjoy!" for those who will read.