Stability of a PC is a much-desired quality, and even though modern day PCs are stabler than ever, it’s imperative that one carries out stress tests every now and then.
But why carry out a stress test, you might ask?
It’s simple – to know how reliable and stable your PC really is so that it doesn’t break down when you’re in the middle of something important.
With that said, here are 3 ways to stress test your PC:
#1: Test the system’s running temperature
Before you get to the RAM and GPU, it’s suggested that you first start with checking on your CPU’s temperatures. One way to do this is by installing software such as CPUMonitor or even SpeedFan.
Watch out for temperatures in Celsius above 70 degrees for your processor and 105 degrees for your graphics card. Remember that if the temperatures are too high, then there’s every possibility of your components blowing out.
Being the main causes for a system to be unstable, it’s a good idea to stress-test your CPU before moving on to the other parts of your system. For this purpose, one can use Prime95. You can either test both the RAM and CPU together using the “Blend” option or the “Small FFT” or “Large FFT” to push the CPU past its normal limits. If there are no errors, that means your CPU is stable.
In order to check for the stability of your RAM, use the MemTest86+, which has been around for a long time but still one of the best ways to test your RAM. In running one of these tests, you’ll probably have to leave it overnight.
Once it is complete, make sure that there are no errors because if there are, you’ll have to test each RAM module one by one to find which one has that error.