Back in computing’s “Stone Age” – off you went to a system builder – chose your components, and then – you waited 48 hours or more for delivery, while the vendor “burned-in” the system. The purpose being; to avoid component failure at a later date.
To help you to stay clear of hardware failure (which could leave you hanging), it’s a good idea to stress test your system/s from time to time. Better to be aware of impending hardware failure now, than to face the consequences later.
BurnInTest (latest release December 12, 2011), is a terrific software tool for both Windows and Linux, which allows all the major hardware systems, and sub-systems of your computer to be simultaneously tested for stability, and reliability.
This menu driven application tests the CPU, RAM, disk drives, optical drives, sound cards, 2D graphics, 3D graphics, video playback, network connections and printers. This can all be done simultaneously, in approximately 15 minutes.
The version tested here, was the fully functional 30 day trial version, (no restrictions).
The preference screen, as the following screen capture indicates, allows for considerably test customization. Far too many to go into in this short review.
You have the option of running selected tests as per the following screen capture…..
or, running a block of tests as per the following.
A main test screen, as well as additional screens for each system test and sub test, allows you to view detailed scans in progress.
The test midway point.
Test completion. You’ll notice in the following screen shot that an error is reported on the Optical disc portion of the test. This was a deliberate choice on my part (no disc inserted in the drive).
Since excessive heat is a hardware killer – in this test, I paid particular attention to the temperature of the graphics card. A graphics card under heavy load – and, this test suite lays on the graphic load – can run – hot – hot – hot!
Assists in PC Troubleshooting and diagnostics.
Dramatically reduce your burn in times with multithreaded simultaneous testing of components.
Avoid costly downtime, system rebuilds and lost data.
Test the stability of a system after configuration changes or hardware upgrades (critical for over clocking).
Results can be saved to disk, printed, or exported as a graphical image.
Windows: Windows 2008 Server, Vista, Win 7, 2003 Server, XP, 2000. (32-bit and 64-bit platforms).
Linux: Linux kernel 2.6.9 or higher. X Window System X11R6. KDE 3.2 or higher. Open GL 1.2 or higher (for 3D graphics test plus working Open GL drivers for your video card). libusb library required
Download at: PassMark
Note: The download refers to the 30 day fully functional evaluation version.