How to Check if System setup is STABLE

kamotekid

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Hello All,

Good Day! Hope all is well.

I am new to this page. I just wanna ask if how can i check if my system is stable. Here are the specs:

Asus M5A88V EVO
AMD Phenom II (tm) X4 B55 (originally purchased AMD athlon X3 - then got unlocked by Mobo to X4 B55)
Kingston Hyper X (2x8GB) - 2 sticks
Cooler Master 500W

Thanks! I'll appreciate all responses!
 
To test CPU stability, a stress testing utility like Prime95 would be a good bet. Run a CPU torture test with that for somewhere between 12 and 24 hours. If Prime95 does not report any errors, and you don't suffer any system crashes or BSODs, then it is a good bet that your CPU is stable.

Be advised that Prime95 can make the CPU run very hot, so you will want to monitor your temperatures with a monitoring program like HWMonitor or CoreTemp. If your temps get too high, I believe 63 degrees celsius is the maximum safe temp for AMD CPUs. Stop the test if your temps get higher than that.
 

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The honest best test of stability is going to be every day use. My 4.5GHz overclock was stable from Prime 95 (12 hours) and 6 hours of Intel Burn In test using 1.28v but when I would do random stuff I would get a BSoD. Turned out 1.30v was the number.

I would suggest as well 3DMark, PCMark web browsing, videos anything that will randomly stress your system to test true stability.
 
The honest best test of stability is going to be every day use. My 4.5GHz overclock was stable from Prime 95 (12 hours) and 6 hours of Intel Burn In test using 1.28v but when I would do random stuff I would get a BSoD. Turned out 1.30v was the number.

+1 I've experienced exactly the same thing. OC's that were totally stable in Prime and IBT, but randomly crashed doing basically nothing.
 

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I like to run linx. Which is very similar to prime95. However, like supernova said this is a very intense test. I also like to run 3d mark06 because its more of a general test which will still stress your cpu. This is just my opinion I feel like linx for 12+ hours is overkill. When is your cpu going to run at 100% load for like 90% of 12 hours, but if it can you have def got something stable. All though I don't think you will set any bench records with a PC that stable.
 

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thanks for the response..i just got confused because when i checked my system..it's running 799.99 MHz (200.00 x 4) - all in all, i got 4 of these. But it says on the details of my cpu posted above that I have 4 cores approx 3.3 GHz..i saw some threads that per core, they do have (800 x 4) running in quad core..just checking if i got a busted cpu (details posted above) - we unlocked it from athlon X3 to phenom II X4 B55..does it mean that my cpu isnot running properly? Thanks for all your responses by the way. Appreciate it!
 

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also, to add up...when i ran the windows index experience, my rating for the CPU and RAM is 3.7 and 4.6 respectively. As posted above, i'm running 4 cores and 8 gb of RAM so just wondering why is the score unacceptable. I'm under the impression that there's a problem with my CPU and RAM. When I ran my AMD athlon x2 dual core 5600 2.8 GHZ before, the rating was around 6-6.8. Can someone help me regarding this? Both items were bought as brand new. Thank you so much!
 

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The wording of your post is confusing and I don't use AMD CPU so i really dont have the knowledge to answer your question. You should go into your bios and check what your setting are at. My terminology might be wrong but the 200.00 is your front side bus speed and the 4 is ur cpu multiplier or ratio. An 800 FSB seems crazy to me but like I said I dont use AMD. Check this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/264583-29-help-phenom-overclocking
This guy got 3.6 by setting his multiplier to 19. I think from the pics it looks like CPUZ has his volts at 1.464. Obviously be careful when setting your volts you dont want to fry your chip. as far as unlocking your amd CPU I know nothing bout it. Anyways like we said run linx or prime 95 for a while if it doesn't stop on error, blue screen or over heat then you have a stable system. The real test is general use like people have said. If after a week of using your computer turning it on or off maybe running it for several hours straight and you get no blue screens your golden for the most part. Even if you get a blue screen maybe once in a long while thats still fine. As for the windows index experience it complete bull. That again probably relates to your bios settings.
 


I wouldn't really put to much into the WEI. It's so over rated. For CPU stability run Prime 95 and stress test it with small FFT's.
 

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guys, i appreciate all your responses. thank you so much. hopefully someone can help me. i got a brand new mobo, cpu, ram and PSU. what concerns me is that when i opened core temp at home, i got 4 core running even when i checked in task manager, 4 cores running. from core temp i got core 0, 1 , 2 and 3 all of them running max of 799.99 (i presume this is the core speed) and next to it i believe is the bus speed (200 x 4) with approx 1.12V. i haven't overclocked the system, just typical setup.
 

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sorry guys if my posts were confusing, i'm not a techie person. one that bothers me is that based on the specs given by the windows, i'm running amd phenom II (tm) x4 b55 processor propus approx 3.3GHz (this proc got unlocked from amd athlon x3 when i bought Asus M5A88V - EVO since this board has an unlocker. i got confused by the core threads listed (core speed is 799-800MHz per core with 200x4) i'm not sure if these are correct. thanks!
 

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@djdecibeL - nope..i haven't tried running prime 95 because i don't know how to use it. i'm relatively new to this kind of issue. i don't know how to overclock system so i think i just got the standard multiplier w/c is 4 (200x4) - i saw some stuff online and they got 8 and 16, some got 19 and so forth. all i want to know is that, did i get a busted cpu or it's just that i haven't maximized the capabilities of my cpu? thanks!
 


You NEED to test it first for me to tell you if the CPU is the problem or not. Like I said, it's SUPPOSED to be 200 x 4 at idle.
 

kamotekid

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thanks djdecibeL. from what i can recall, i didn't go higher than that at idle. haven't tried any software/applications that will test my system's capabilities. should it go higher than 800MHz?
 


Yes, at 100% usage, it should be at full speed.
 

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freq #0: 800MHz (200 x 4) - with little load approx 10 - 25%
freq #1: 800MHz (200 x 4) - with little load approx 10 - 25%
freq #2: 800MHz (200 x 4) - with little load approx 10 - 25%
freq #3: 800MHz (200 x 4) - with little load approx 10 - 25%

-is this the standard setup for quad cores?
 

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sorry it's hard to explain since i'm in the office right now and i don't have internet at home. i can see some posts online like this with the same specs

freq #0: 3200MHz (200 x 16) -
freq #1: 3200MHz (200 x 16) -
freq #2: 3200MHz (200 x 16) -
freq #3: 3200MHz (200 x 16) -

does this mean they overclocked their system?

-appreciate your help djdecibeL
 
Well, I would think it should be at least jumping around some. Did this happen when it was still an X3? If not, then that would tell you that the 4th core was locked for a reason. You're lucky it even unlocked because they're usually locked because their faulty.
 


I'm not sure what the exact default speed is, but no, I don't think those are OC'd numbers. OC'd would be more like 4000Mhz.
 

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we haven't tried running it with tri core. when we assembled the system, enabled the settings in the bios for core unlocker, restarted the system and bios said, 4 cores are activated then we installed pc wizard 2012 to check for temperature, after that i installed core temp, then i saw those numbers posted above. i haven't configured any settings for overclocking..well not that i'm aware of. what's the first step that i can do to check that all parts we bought were in good condition? run the test?