Stress Test for Video Cards and Aida64 Program (part 2)

After an in-depth inspection for breakdowns, you should proceed to a software test. There are already many more things that affect performance.

The best (and time-tested) way to make a video card a hot day is the Aida64 program (formerly Everest). This is a comprehensive solution for system improvement, physical monitoring and software analysis at different levels, temperature sensors. But stress tests deserve special attention.

We are interested in the video card, so in the context menu of the program it is necessary to go into the Service and select the GPGPU Test:

The context menu of the program Aida64
Next, a window will open where you need to uncheck the processor name and leave it in front of the video card. Note the abbreviations:

The GPU is a Graphics Processing Unit (graphics processor, that is, a graphics card);
The CPU is the Central Processing Unit (the central processor that is installed in the center of the motherboard).

Uncheck
Next, the Start Benchmark button is pressed, and the results of the health check are evaluated according to your knowledge in this matter.

If no errors appear during the check, then at least with it everything is in order. But this test does not heavily burden the system, but rather gives more professional information about the operation of the video card. What, then, should an ordinary user do? Usually he types in Google: electronic repair service near me

Of course, a stress test. In the Service tab, select the System Stability Test:

Stress test
It is necessary to remove the tick from all points except the GPU, and click Start. A couple of minutes will be enough to check how strong your video card is, and how much it can withstand.

It is highly discouraged to perform such tests for more than 20 minutes – this can lead to equipment failure.
In this window, you can monitor a variety of data (temperature, cooler rotation, voltage, etc.) right during the test. If during the testing with the system nothing happened, there are no critical marks, and the video card continues to work properly, the device’s performance is excellent.

Stress test with FurMark

The stress test for video card performance by FurMark (and similar) is performed by each individual user exclusively at own risk and risk. If the equipment deteriorates, no one will be held responsible for this, except for you.

In the event of a final decision to check the video card on a stress test, FurMark will cope with this perfectly. Although, this is how to look, because this program loads the video card in the course of testing, as no existing game or application (or several) can do at the moment. Therefore, during the verification of the video card, you should always be ready to turn off the check at any time and keep the equipment in working order.

The program is distributed free of charge (it is best to download from the official site), and when it starts, the following window will appear:

Running FurMark
In the drop-down list, you need to select the resolution of your screen (for stationary computers this is often 1920×1080, but it can vary), and then press the Settings button.

In the settings, you need to check the box next to Dynamicbackground and Burn-in.

Checkboxes opposite Dynamicbackground and Burn-in
It is highly recommended not to leave a tick in front of “Xtreme burn-in”. If you mark this item, then the load on the video card will be just crazy. This is not every customized computer can withstand, and even the usual and standard – even more so.

Before starting the test, be sure to close all other programs, applications, and games. So the stress test will show the best results during the test.
Further we direct the pointer on “Burn-in test” and we make a click.

Before the final start of the stress test, the program will once again remind you that the use of the test places the responsibility solely on the user. And additionally informs the list of the reasons causing unstable work of the computer during check:

incorrect settings;
lack of power supply;
poorly working video card fan.

Then click on the loud English word “GO!”:

Now your video card will begin to experience a monstrous load. And the culprit – the animated image on the center of the screen will make the video card work above its capabilities. In its center are concentrated millions of microscopic pixels, which are constantly changing.

Along the edges are graphic “hairs” imitating animal hair or human hair, for example, in games. The background also changes in waveform and makes the graphics card even more stressful.

In the case of a working device, the temperature should stop rising and gain a foothold at a certain point. Usually this temperature is within 90 degrees:

Temperature 90 degrees
More on how to see the temperature of the video card – read here.
And now it’s time for an educational campaign:

A temperature of 90 degrees is peak for any video card, but not dangerous for the equipment (if the test lasts less than 15-20 minutes).
But if the temperature has risen to 100-110 degrees, this is a critical value, and you need to immediately stop the FurMark check. If the system does not respond, use the emergency reset button on the front of the system unit or pull the plug from the outlet (be careful, avoid electric shock).

Try to do everything at the program level, because a sharp lack of power is not useful for the computer.
If you do not stop the program and allow the video card to run on critical heating, it will very soon smell fried. And literally. You will smell something burnt or burned (the probability of a breakdown of the device in this case is 90%), and the computer can reboot.

Moreover, if there is a restart during overheating, this is exceptionally good: emergency shutdowns of the computer help to save the equipment from breakage.
If the video card works stably after checking (no errors happened, there was no overheating, the “donut” on the screen moved smoothly), then your video card can only be envied. After all, its performance is beyond question.

Or your graphics adapter stops responding, and the screen blinks /
The graphics adapter stopped responding
This means that the working capacity of the device is in doubt. It did not cope with FurMark’om, which means, it’s time to think about replacing the video card or preventive maintenance.

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