There are many benchmarking and stress test tools available on the internet using which you can find how your CPU, GPU or other hardware is performing. But if you own an Intel processor based Windows computer, then you can use a stress test tool developed by Intel itself. Intel Processor Diagnostics Tool works on Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.x and Windows 10. Separate downloads are available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this tool.
Using this free tool, you can not only stress-test them but also display additional information about the installed hardware. Compared to another popular tool CPU-Z that can show many details about the processors of all manufacturers (not only Intel), Intel Processor Diagnostics Tool can also stress test all the Intel processors in addition to displaying the information about the features supported by the processors. But while CPU-Z is available as a small portable program, Intel’s tool is nearly 100 MB and must be installed.
After starting the program, it displays some basic hardware information such as the type of the processor installed, motherboard, system serial number, system BIOS, the operating system installed etc. This works even if the CPU is not from Intel. However, the CPU stress test can only be performed on the compatible Intel hardware. You can specify different parameters to be tested.
This will put your processor through a number of tests and give you an idea of the state of your computer. As these tests are conducted, the result of these tests is also displayed in the window – passed or failed. Additional information, such as the current CPU operating temperature, is also displayed. In the end, you are shown the final result of the tests – a green “passed” or a red “failed”.
Intel suggests that before running this test you should stop overclocking your system to get the accurate results and information about your processors.
You can download Intel Processor Diagnostics Tool from https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/19792/Intel-Processor-Diagnostic-Tool.