Some men love to to brag about their automobiles, while others love to talk about how powerful their computers are. If you think your system is loaded with power, then you might want to put it under the stress test of freeware program HeavyLoad. It puts your workstation or server PC under a heavy load and lets you test whether they will still run reliably.
HeavyLoad uses many different types of tests for your PC. The individual test methods employed by Heavy Load can be customized to suit your needs. For example, on a system having multi-core processor, you can select how many of the CPU cores shall be put under stress to test them. Basically, HeavyLoad uses the following tests to put stress on your PC :
- Stress CPU – Puts your motherboard processor under heavy stress. It uses complex calculations to simulate the load.
- Stress CPU – Puts your GPU processor under heavy stress. It employs a 3D rendered graphic to simulate a high load on the GPU
- Write Test File – Checks how your system behaves when data is written to your hard disk. It is done by writing a test file to your hard disk with variable speeds.
- Allocate Memory – This test checks the efficiency of your memory modules – how fast they allocate memory to programs when these programs ask them to.
- Simulate Disc Accesses – This tests your hard disk to the bone. You should not perform this test if your hard disk is more than 3-4 years old, because perhaps the hard disk will not survive the test.
You can download the HeavyLoad application from the JAM Software website. The download is available for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7 and 8. After the installation, you can run it from the Desktop shortcut. But be careful to save all your work and close all the open applications before you attempt to stress-test your PC with HeavyLoad.
You can click on the icons in the toolbar to select which tests should be performed. You can select the CPU test, write file to HDD test, RAM test, tree-size test and the GPU test. When you are ready, you can click on the Play like icon in the toolbar to start the stress test. The test performance is shown in a graphical form in the main window.
If you are an advanced user and have over-clocked your computer (over-clocking means running your CPU a little over the specified clock frequency), then you can use HeavyLoad to test your over-clocked PC under heavy stress (it should perform a little better compared to when not over-clocked). If your PC does not run reliably under the heavy stress, then it is a possibility that your system cannot handle real-world situations which require exhausting working conditions and you should consider replacing the hardware parts.
You can download the HeavyLoad software at http://www.jam-software.com/heavyload/.