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    Prime95???

    Lets start a discussion(hehe).
    Prime95 is some mathematical stuff, right? But what does it do to my CPU and how does it fair up as a stability test?
    Here's the download:
    http://www.entropia.com/ips/index.html

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    If you run the Prime95 torture test it is VERY cpu intensive.


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    So the best way to figure out whether your CPU is stable at a certain speed running this torture test is... well, the way to do it?

    I have a Celeron 366 clocked at 550 MHz. Should I run the test? I just got it from http://www.sunshinestar.com/ Should I run this test? Huh! Huh! Huh! Tell me please!

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    Yes you should, If you overclocked your cpu you should run it for several hours, after that maybe you can join the search

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    Toolbox, the effect that Prime 95 has on testing stability is it works your CPU at 100%. That elevates the temps of your CPU to the maximum it reaches. If the maximum is (for example) 60C, your system may become unstable and crash/hang. If it's only 37C it may run it without a hitch for hours.

    For utmost system stability (overall stability), I would recommending testing with SETI@Home, 3DMark 2000, UT and QIII because these appz/games bring in the additional effects of your graphics subsystem, memory subsystem and disk I/O subsystem. Stressing only one part of your PC may give a false impression of stability.

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    I used to use Prime95 a lot - ran the torturw test for like 3 days solid. BUt got totally sick of it in the end because it takes so long just do do one WU - like about two months. I mean come on, all it's got to do is determine whether the number you're testing is a prime number; I could set Excel up to do that and I'm sure it wouldn't take two months.

    There's just no sense of gratification involved , so I switched to Seti.. 6 hrs vs 2 mths - I know which I prefer. Besides you feel like you're doing something useful - oohh a new prime number, big wop.

    As far as the torture test goes, yeah it's great for testing CPU stability, so I'd leave it on when you go out & stuff, otherwise when you're home just play UT or QIII like S-Klass mentioned. You get to enjoy it then .

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