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How to go about stress testing a GTX 470?

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June 24, 2010 8:59:55 PM

Hi, I plan to use that program by MSI to stress test my GTX 470.

But first, I have a few questions...

1. What fan speed should I set my card to or do I just leave it at auto/my own settings?

2. How long should I run the program?

3. At what temperature is the GPU too hot and I should immediately stop the testing?

4. During the test, how can I tell if there's a problem?

Thanks.

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a b U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 7:13:46 AM

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why do u want to stress test if u r not having any trouble with ur card.do a stress test only if ur having problem.becoz those card runs hot and stress program can make them run even hotter.


For many reasons... To figure out load temps, or to make sure an overclock is stable.
Are you overclocking it average?

1. What fan speed should I set my card to or do I just leave it at auto/my own settings?

Depends on how hot your card gets, and how much noise you're okay with. Adjust the fan speed and watch your temp graph until your pleased with your max load temp.

2. How long should I run the program?

For temps, watch the graph until it levels out completely and that is your max load.
For stressing it, I usually just run it for 15 mins or so, but some do more.

3. At what temperature is the GPU too hot and I should immediately stop the testing?

The cards are perfectly fine in the 80's, 90's is even acceptable, but don't push it. Try to keep it loading below 80 or something, shouldn't be too hard.

4. During the test, how can I tell if there's a problem?

Try to watch it the test carefully, especially once its temps are at their peak. You need to watch for any artifacts. [Random dots, polygons, etc.]
Or it will blue screen I guess.
Lower the clock or up the voltage and you'll be fine.
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June 25, 2010 7:19:13 AM

No, I don't plan to OC my card. I just have this weird feeling that the card is not stable so I just want some concrete evidence from a test. Thanks for answering my questions.
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a b U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 7:23:36 AM

y do u feel so?
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June 25, 2010 7:29:37 AM

Lol, just check that other topic we had a little disagreement on. I explained the problems I had with my GTX 470s just now.
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a b U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 7:34:08 AM

saw it :p 
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June 25, 2010 7:36:59 AM

Heh, I deleted it after reading your last sentence. For some reason I mistakened it for your signature xD

Well, according to the on-screen display from MSI afterburner, it never hits 70C while gaming because I'm using my own user-defined fan speed setting. That should eliminate the possibility of overheating being the problem...
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a b U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 7:44:00 AM

well...ur gpu temp seems to be fyn...
wat abt other temps??
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June 25, 2010 7:46:10 AM

Processor hovers around 50-51C and it's a PII 965 at stock speed. HDD around 30C. Ambient case is about 35C. I'm using a CM Storm Scout with what I think is pretty decent cable management.
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a b U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 7:48:14 AM

only this one game crash?
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June 25, 2010 7:50:58 AM

Well, with my current card, yeah... so far. That's why I think it might just be some conflict between the game and my GPU driver.

Another thing I noticed with all 3 of my 470s is that DiRT 2 will run perfectly fine for the first minute of a race, then starts to lock-up and stutter every few seconds. It runs perfectly fine on my GTX 260 though, I just play it on my other computer.
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a b U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 7:58:44 AM

seems to be a driver conflict with the game...
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June 25, 2010 8:01:36 AM

Yup, but I still can't figure out what's wrong wtih DiRT 2.
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June 25, 2010 8:21:39 AM

I just ran Kombustor and my GPU temperature seemed to peaked at about 74C with fan speed at 75%. I didn't test it for long, it reached that temperature after about 2 minutes and stayed at 74C for the next 3 minutes so is it safe to assume that 74C is the peak temperature with my fan speed settings?
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June 25, 2010 3:59:15 PM

what driver version are you using?
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June 25, 2010 8:42:05 PM

257.21

That's the latest the last time I checked.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 25, 2010 9:44:16 PM

Averagegai said:
257.21

That's the latest the last time I checked.

The latest is 258.19, it appeared earlier today.
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a b U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 12:07:47 AM

Mousemonkey said:
The latest is 258.19, it appeared earlier today.


Whoa, thanks mousemonkey.
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June 26, 2010 4:22:31 AM

Is the 258.19 safe to use? I don't see it on the Nvidia site.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 26, 2010 10:01:24 AM

Averagegai said:
Is the 258.19 safe to use? I don't see it on the Nvidia site.

It seems to be running just fine on my 9500GT, later on today I'll try it out on the 8800's but unless you try it you'll never know if it's going to work for you or not.
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