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I would like to know which bench program is hands down the clear winner when it comes to benmching a system?

Cheers in advance,
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This will torch your rig for stability.

OCCT

After your stable just stick with what most use for benching...that way you'll have a comparison to run up against.

3dMark 06 is the general benchmark...Vantage next.....Lightsmark is good for graphics.

Hope it helps. :)
 
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I find 3dmark06 to be more accurate of real world performance over Vantage since most games aren't multi-threaded or only threaded for 2-4 cores, like 06.
 

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Yeah basically I want to test for performance/stability. The only gaming I do on my system is World Of Warcraft
 

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Will OCCT cause any harm to my rig at all? I don't want to stress it too hard :-{
 
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Stressing it wont do anything bad unless your system is unstable.
 

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lol, after 1 minute it stopped with an error :) 1 of the cores went a bit hot
Time to drop the voltage a touch
 
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Regular OCCT for 1-2 hrs will catch any errors that 4-6hr of prime 95 or orthos will do.
Linpack (intel burntest) is also on there but I don't recommend that without VERY GOOD air cooling or watercooling - it will torch your cpu...
 
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I use OCCT strictly because its the fastest way to find out if your OC is stable. If it can't pass OCCT 1hr or Prime95 for at least 2-3hrs, its NOT stable.
 
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I have found Prime set to large ffts then click custom and have it use all of your available ram. That will find any MCH or memory errors. I had Prime small fft, blend, Memtest 3.8, Intel Burn test stable clocks fail in 2 minutes. :laugh: OCCT is a great program as well, but I love Prime. Small ffts for 12-16 hours will accurately test you CPU clocks for stability. Wprime is a great bench. Its one of my favorites, Everest cache and memory bench is great and 3dmark 06 will give you a good idea of gaming performace although it's mostly a cpu bench.
 

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Anyone remember PCMark?
 
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Stressing it wont do anything bad unless your system is unstable.
QFT

I would rather have something fail early when it's easy to rma then to have my data slowly get corrupted and eventually have a failure. Data corruption is a pain in the a**.
 

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there is no a single universal benchmarking app. everybody has different requirements, thats why there are different benchmarks.

you say you want to "benchmark" and your only application is "world of warcraft".
so bench world of warcraft? get on a gryphon in stormwind and watch fps with fraps. What do you want to bench against?
 
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Anyone remember PCMark?
Me, I still have it haha :D

As for general benchmarking, I have and can use any of the following;

3DMark 03
3DMark 05
3DMark 06
3DMark Vantage
Cryostasis Demo *
FarCry 2 Benchmark Tool
Furmark
IntelBurnTest
OCCT *
Prime95
Tropics Demo v1.1

* = Untested

The ones I tend to use are bolded out, although I've not actually tried OCCT yet, I'm going to and I'll more than likely swap from using Prime95 to OCCT. So long as you can pass Prime95 8hours+ or OCCT 2-3hours+ and a benchmarking program like 3DMark 06 or something similar to test your GPU then your fine for WoW matey.

Personally, so long as WoW isn't laggy/choppy in the larger populated areas like Dalaran/Shattrath and your tests have passed you should play it with ease :)

--Lee
 
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3DMark06 is in my opinion the best for this reason.


It put's the system through various tests and also benchmarks CPU. Some say it is not real world but it gives multiple in depth testing. If you look at performance increases/decreases between different hardware, 3Dmark06 is always in the middle. I feel it gives a nice average measuring stick of performance oncreases.
 
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My favourites are:

  • GeekBench (great allrounder)
  • FritzChess (TRUE multicore/tasking test)
  • CinebenchR10 (TRUE multicore/tasking test and measure scale effect of additional cores)
  • Lightsmark2008 (nice and short, and great music to listen to)
  • A REAL GAME for FPS, not a synthetic like 3Dmark06. Yes, 3Dm06 is very popular, and we all use it, but IMO it scales TERRIBLY. There is no direct correlation between th 3Dmark06 score and the FPS or playability of your favourite game.
 

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u know what there is no absolute benchmark program because not everyone uses there computers the way some benchmarks are made.

Like for example, 3dmark is absolutely pointless to a non gamer, and on a gainestown machine with firegl or telsa cards, it probably wont score as good as a quadsli'd yorkfield.

But change the benchmark programs to like vantage, or even cinebench, the gainestown will make putty out of that yorkfield.
 
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I would like to know which bench program is hands down the clear winner when it comes to benmching a system?

Cheers in advance,
Thorn
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The best program(s) you could ever use to determine stability.
Hands down...
;)


Seriously, it is the best way to determine stability. Others have tried every other burn-in, stress-test, benchmark program out there. I've still seen folk have problems in certain games.