Futuremark have added a new feature to the 3DMark benchmark application which allows you to stress test your system. The app now offers four built-in stress tests based on loops of the Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme, and Fire Strike Ultra benchmarks. The tests are designed to push your system, especially the GPU, to allow you to confirm the stability of your rig. At the end of the tests the app will give you a Frame Rate Reliability score where a ‘pass’ means at least 97% stability.
The four levels of tests are designed to basically stress test four different levels of GPU based largely on the rendering resolutions involved; Skydiver and Fire Strike use standard HD resolutions of 1920 x 1080, Fire Strike Extreme jumps up to 2K resolution of 2560 x 1440 while Fire Strike Ultra is designed to test 4K capable rigs running at a resolution of 3840 x 2160. The app gives you real-time information regarding system information, frame rates and GPU temperatures.
The new Stress test feature is only available in both 3DMark Advanced and Professional Editions, which means Basic and Demo version users will not have the option. Additionally Advanced users will be able to run the loop 20 times which offers a stability test lasting around 10 minutes, whereas Professional version will have the advantage of being able run up 5,000 consecutive loops for a more extensive, overnight testing sessions.
Learn more about the new 3DMark Stress Test feature from Futuremark here.