Huge List of Computer Stress Test Software [Used by Engineers in the Rugged Computing Industry]

FurMark[13]** (FREE)

For the Windows platform only, it’s a lightweight yet intensive GPU stress test. It uses rendering algorithms to measure the performance of the graphics card. It is often to referred as the GPU burner. It does require an OpenGL 2.0 compliant graphics card. Comes with benchmark or stability/burn-in test mode (which is for overclockers).

RAM Stability Tests

RAM Stability Tests

Resource Monitor[14] (FREE)

This comes free with Windows Vista and later versions of Windows. It can show you what’s wrong with your computer and why. CPU use, memory use, program issues, and more. The above link is a great tutorial on how to utilize this tool within Windows for your benefit.

Windows Memory Diagnostic[15] (FREE)

Helps you identify and diagnose problems with memory. Comes equipped on Windows 7, 8, and 10. This tool has even advanced features that let you choose if you’d like to run a basic, standard, or extended test and how many times you would like to repeat the test. Useful tool to run since it’s most likely on your OS already.

MemTest86[16]** (FREE & PAID)

The original memory testing program for x86 computers. It boots from a USB or CD and tests the RAM in your computer for faults using complex algorithms and test patterns. This software has a rich history, over 20 years of test algorithms and improvements. It is the go-to tool for testing your memory.

MemTest64[17] (FREE)

TechPowerUp Memtest64 is a free lightweight, standalone utility that lets you check your system memory for problems at the hardware-level. It has a graphical interface, and can be run from within Windows.

HDD & SSD Utility Software

HDD/SSD Utility Software

CrystalDiskMark[18] (FREE)

Everything you need to know about the performance of your hard disk – even how likely it’s to stop performing in the near future using self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART) protocol. Quite straightforward to use and gives you a heads-up when your disk begins to fail.

WinDirStat[19] (FREE)

A disk usage and cleanup tool for various versions of Windows. On the homepage (linked above) there’s also a program for Linux users. It’s available in 12 languages. Very simple tool but seems to be used among certain users.

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