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Hardware Checking Utilities

I have built a couple of PC's and know now that the hardware working correctly can be an uplifting experience. :)
I would like to get from all of you a comprehensive list of resources preferably free, such as memtest86+, to check  hardware under stress for any errors or malfunctions. From hdd check ok no error to usb ports mobo nb, mosfet, anything you guys got.
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FlaminFrostbyte
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_3mp3ror_Commented:
http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft.htm
Prime 95 - free  - for memory and cpu stress test
Intel Burn In Test for intel CPU's - same as first but better at stressing the HW
http://downloads.guru3d.com/IntelBurnTest-v1.6-download-2047.html
Fur Mark - GPU bench - very good
http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/
IOmeter - HDD bench good for measuring IOPS -  good for server benchmarking
http://www.iometer.org/
H2Becnhw -  HDD bench
http://www.assimilateinc.com/tools1.html
Crystal Disk Mark - similar as the first two.
http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskMark/index-e.html


for cpu monitoring get realtemp.
for gpu monitoring get GPU-Z
all are free
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dbruntonCommented:
Get the UBCD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Many of the utils you need can be found on this.

Also see leew's link

http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/techtoolkit.asp#hw

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FlaminFrostbyteAuthor Commented:
So I uderstand better.
memtest tests for errors basically telling whether or not hardware is good. correct?
When using "benchmarks" is the test still going to reliably tell me whether or not there is a physical defective hardware.
I was under the impression that a "benchmark" is more fore a score than thorough hardware check. hardware ok.
I've purchased and used both futuremark 3D vantage and PC Mark vantage. I noticed all I really got was a number score(nothing like memtest).
Am I correct to assume that if something was defective, 3d Vantage and PC Mark vantage, might not have given me any indication?
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dbruntonCommented:
>> memtest tests for errors basically telling whether or not hardware is good. correct?

Correct.

>> When using "benchmarks" is the test still going to reliably tell me whether or not there is a physical defective hardware.

It won't unless it is designed to report back faults found.

>> I was under the impression that a "benchmark" is more fore a score than thorough hardware check. hardware ok.

Correct although if the benchmark is not in the expected range for that piece of hardware you'd get suspicious and start looking.  For example hard disk data speed not up to spec could indicate fault or misconfiguration.

>> Am I correct to assume that if something was defective, 3d Vantage and PC Mark vantage, might not have given me any indication?

Correct.  See my last comment.



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nobusCommented:
you can alos run from a live Knoppix cd; if that runs ok, your hardware is fine, since it runs from another OS and drivers  http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
i use it to test USB, sound, LAN, connect to the internet, etc...

if you really want error reporting on hardware, i suggest the not free ones, like :
http://www.micro2000.moonfruit.com/
http://www.pc-doctor.com/

they are made to do the job you are asking for !

you can compare it to the Free one :  www.tufftest.com/tt01-lite.htm      
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_3mp3ror_Commented:
@FlaminFrostbyte
Some of the tools that I showed you here are indeed benchmarks, but Prime 95, Intel BurnIn Test and Fur Mark are more for stress testing while h2benchw, crystaldisk mark are more for Hardware scoring.
If you run memetest for instance you will find out for sure if you have a problem with your memory or not, same goes for prime 95 and Intel Burn in, for a stress test on a graphics card the video card must be put to 100% usage of it's GPU and VRAM , you can use Fur Mark for this for it will throw at the graphic card anything from lighting to rendering and shading through the use of the graphic card's driver.
If the computer starts behaving strange when you have this test running then it may be a clear indicator of either a graphic card malfunction or the PSU since most modern graphic card require a good PSU to run (i.e. enough watts and amperage)
On the CPU side if you run a stress testing app you will find out weather or not your cpu can hold at 100% without faults, and calculating PI with prime 95 does this since it can run on all cores/ threads.
In HDD, if you are interested in testing the health of the device instead of it's performance you can do this through the use of downloadable software from the manufacturer's website
like seagate seatools
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/
or Data Lifeguard Diagnostic from WD
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=612&lang=en
but if you want to find out also performance IOmeter will do this plus it has the posibility to stress test your device. 
I used all of these since a few months ago I wanted to find out exactly how much did my RAID setup would perform under almost any condition that I could think off and also what settings would be best for me. 
My results
Other sites which may be of interest are 
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/
http://www.techpowerup.com/
Also please note that stability is not only given by the stressing of hardware, it also important to use quality components in your PC as well.
Hope this was informative.
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