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New build: how to test temperatures idle/load?

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October 17, 2011 11:33:56 PM


I recently built a gaming pc, but I'm looking for ways to test it.
What programs do I use to test the graphics card, CPU, SSD etc, to check if they work properly?

Also, I bought 4 extra/replacing case fans.
What program can I use to monitor temperatures + let the CPU and GPU work under load. So I can compare the temperatures when I put in fans in different configurations?


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October 18, 2011 10:50:16 AM

I got coretemp and catalyst control center to monitor my temperatures.

But how do I create an environement where I can compare different fan setups?

Like a program that puts my CPU and GPU under full load for some time?
a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2011 11:18:06 AM

Buy 3dmark11 at

For CPU loading there's Prime95 and LinX for free.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2011 11:18:56 AM

There's also Furmark for GPU testing which is free.
October 18, 2011 2:35:47 PM

Hey, this is my setup:
- HD 6950 Dirt 3 edition
- ASRock Extreme4 gen3
- i5 2500k

And these are my results:

Furmark test 1 result:
SCORE:1897 points (31 FPS, 60000 ms)
Max GPU Temp: 63°C
Resolution: 1920x1080 (FS) - AA:0 samples
FPS: min:32, max:33, avg:31 - OPTIONS: DynBkg
AMD Radeon HD 6950 Series (1002-6719, 1 GPU)
Catalyst 11.9 - 8.892-110914m-125030C-ATI (9-8-2011)
core:800MHz, mem:1250MHz
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz
CPU speed: 3292 MHz
System Memory: 8100 MB
Windows 7 64-bit build 7601 [Service Pack 1]

Furmark test 2 (custom):
8 fps@ 60°C

3DMark11 Score:

Graphics score: 3150
Physics score: 6198
Combined: 1737
GT1: 6.97
GT2: 7.34
GT3: 6.52
GT4: 4.03
PT: 19.68
CT: 8.08

Those scores seem terrible to me?
In the 3Dmark test, with the submarines I get like 8 fps max.
(I did choose the advanced test at extreme level)
October 18, 2011 10:26:23 PM

a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2011 10:29:29 PM

Have a look at the GFX charts on this site. I think they run tests at VGA resolutions.