Have you recently build a PC using Intel processor. Or, you’re already using a laptop or Computer, that comes with Intel CPU. Then, you can check your system stability using Intel Burn Test. IBT is the most punishing stress tester. So, I suggest you to know everything about it, by reading this article. Before downloading it and put the stress on your system.
What is IBT (Intel Burn Test)?.
It is the most extremely stressful program. Which can put even the most powerful (x86/x64) CPU in the world at its knees. Not only, high frequency and low voltage negatively affect your overclock. CPU temperature also plays a major role in overclocking. With Intel stress test, you can check your system stability at high temperature. It is also helpful to test your liquid cooling. IBT does put extreme stress, which user can’t able to put in normal use. Overall, it is helpful to check stability of Intel based system.
How much dangerous can be stress test?. (WARNING INCLUDED.)
There are some inherent dangers of using stress test program. Stress test does program produce a full load on CPU. And, tries to push power limits beyond manufacturer-define. Stress test generate a power virus, which can damage system. Though, stress test, doesn’t damage system, too early. It affect system, if you run it for long period of time.
If you still want to use this Intel Burn Test. Then, you have to monitor relevant parameters while using it. Because, if CPU temperature reach at too high level. Then, your CPU might get burn or motherboard and other components can get damaged. Overall, you will end up losing your system. So, use this program at your own risk. Neither I nor Intel, will responsible for any of your loss. For small stability checks, I suggest you to use Prime95.
Intel Burn Test makes use of Linpack easier and even more practical. If you don’t know, Linpack is software library. That does measures system floating point computing power. Means, how fast a computer can solves, dense n by n system of linear equations (Ax = b). It is an common task in engineering.
The performance of an computer does depends on interconnected variables. And, performance of an system measured by linpack, consists of the 64-bit floating-point operations. Well, you don’t need to go into deep to use IBT. You will able to find Linpack in IBT folder. That’s why, I thought, it will helpful for you to know about it.
Compatibility & Requirements – It not only compatible with Intel CPU, you can also test AMD CPUs. Also, you can use it with any version of Windows. Which is a good thing.
* An x86 or x64 CPU.
* Recommended minimum 1 GB of RAM. (Computer with much RAM (4-8GB) will take much time.)
* Windows-NT based Operating System.
* Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Runtime.
* Microsoft .NET Framework.
Though, there isn’t any official site available to download it. That’s why, I suggest you to download it from trusted source like “SoftPedia”. Due to some issue, I can’t able to share direct link of download. But, if you’re unable to find out link, then feel free to Comment.
Download RealTemp. (To test CPU temperature.)
Intel Stress Test program doesn’t show CPU temperature. So, to see real time temperature while running test. You can download RealTemp Windows Program. Apart from CPU temperature, this tool also shows CPU load. So, you will able to test your liquid cooling with this small program. You has to make sure temperature doesn’t go high during test. You can stop stress test anytime. Else, you will end up damaging your system.
How to Test CPU and RAM stability.
1. After downloading IBT and RealTemp program. Extract both program using 7Zip or WinRAR software.
2. Now, Right-Click on “IntelBurnTest V2”, and then click on “Run as Administrator”.
(If you want to check real time CPU temperature, then, run “RealTempGT” application.)
3. In IntelBurnTest program set times to run to 5. By default, it comes to 10, which is not recommended. (Don’t enter more than 20.)
4. At Stress Level, you can select maximum if you want. Maximum will give you accurate result. Because, it will use all available memory to test.
Though, some people like to use standard. Which doesn’t put much stress on a good Computer. (If you select Maximum option, it will take much time.)
5. Click on start button. (Also, check your normal temp, before running the test.)
Now, wait for the test to get Complete. If test gets successful and if your system stays stable. Then, you will get an success message. Which will show that, your CPU is completely stable.
Though, if your system is getting freeze during test. It means, your Computer is not able to handle CPU Stress. And, you might get an unsuccessful message.
Or, if you’re running Stress Test from a longer period. Then, your CPU components can get damaged. So, it’s better to stop it, if temperature is showing 100 or above. (Because, if you’re not using liquid cooling, then CPU will get burn.)
In Linpack output you will able to see a term “GFlops”. Gigaflops is known as GFlops. It is an measurement unit, used to measure performance of Computer’s FPU (Floating Point Unit). And, One GFlops is equal to one billion (1,000,000,000) FLOPS. Means, floating point operation per second. So, basically GFlops does check, how many billion calculation a CPU can perform per second.
Summing-up – Intel Burn Test.
So, that’s how you can check your system stability at high stress level. If your Computer get freeze during test. Means, if you not able to move even mouse pointer. Or, if CPU temperature reach at higher level. Then, clearly your system is not stable. Though, you will get an success message after test. As I got by performing standard test. And, I don’t suggest you to test at maximum settings. It will take time. More time means more stress. And, as i said, your CPU might get burn. So, try Intel Stress Test at your own risk.