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Old 05-27-2010, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question What is the best way to test my video card?

Hi all!

Just wanted to know the best way to test my video card. I have a Galaxy 250 GTS. One is new never before used, the other is in my rig.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Default Re: What is the best way to test my video card?

Try 3dMark. There are others as well, but that is the first that comes to mind.
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Furmark tests the stability of gpus.. FurMark: Graphics Card Stability and Stress Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net

3dmark/vantage tests the card, but also gives a score based on the whole system too. You'd have to decipher the score for just the gpu.
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Furmark is only really testing how well your video card handles heat. It's not running any specific operations to actually test the features and performance of your video card.

For your card you would be best off testing it with 3DMark Vantage or actual game play.
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Try 3dMark. There are others as well, but that is the first that comes to mind.
Ok, thanks and I will try it!

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Furmark tests the stability of gpus.. FurMark: Graphics Card Stability and Stress Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net

3dmark/vantage tests the card, but also gives a score based on the whole system too. You'd have to decipher the score for just the gpu.
Ok, I will try the furmark...uh, how do I decipher the score?

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Furmark is only really testing how well your video card handles heat. It's not running any specific operations to actually test the features and performance of your video card.

For your card you would be best off testing it with 3DMark Vantage or actual game play.
Slay, I will try both 3dMark Vantage and furmark...

The card worked fine in all games but recently it keeps freezing up when I play Delta Force Beta Extreme 2. I kind of hate it because right when the enemy has me surrounded and I am ready to mow them all down, the system will freeze for like 10-20 seconds.

I do not play games much at all, but I sure would like this Galaxy 250 GTS to do its job right!

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PS Do I post the results here for analysis or are there other options?
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Furmark is only really testing how well your video card handles heat. It's not running any specific operations to actually test the features and performance of your video card.

For your card you would be best off testing it with 3DMark Vantage or actual game play.
It'll test if its artifacting and/or if the oc is stable.

That was what I thought he was looking for... a bum card.

For wshat he jusyt described, the mob of enemies, your right, vantage or 3dmark is a better test, especially the cpu graphic test where I usually crap out at.
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Default Re: What is the best way to test my video card?

In his 1st post he didn't mention any problems, he just wanted to test the card. So Furmark didn't sound like his best option. But if he is having issues then Furmark is definitely a valuable tool.

However the game your having problems with is a Beta? So the problem your having maybe game or driver related and not your hardware.
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