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

HDD Regenerator[20] (FREE & PAID)

This program seems to be one of a lot of debate. Some say it works and others claim it doesn’t work as expected. It does provide speedy hard drive problem detection and reads your bad sectors on the HDD surface and if it finds them, it repairs them. This is where most of the users that label it a ‘decent’ software find their gripes. Worth a shot to try for free and see if you like it or not to warrant a purchase.

Smartmontools[21] (FREE)

Contains two utility programs to control and monitor storage systems using the SMART protocol. Both utilities will offer you disk degradation and failure warnings. It supports ATA/ATAPI/SATA-3 to SATA-8 disks and SCSI disks and tape devices. It will run on most Operating Systems.

Hard Disk Sentinel[22] (FREE & PAID)

Multi OS and covers both SSD & HDD monitoring and analysis. In short, it finds – tests – diagnoses – repairs – reports on – and displays health, performance degradation and failures. No need to use separate tools, it’s an all-in-one type software.

SSD Life[23] (FREE)

This SSD software focuses more on reliability rather than stress testing. It analyzes how you use your solid state drives and uses algorithms to calculate the estimated lifetime. This is a nice tool to have for quick analysis and reporting of your SSDs.

Computer Temperature Tests

Computer Temperature Tests

HWMonitor[24] (FREE & PAID)

Quite a popular hardware monitoring program that reads your computer system’s health sensors such as voltages, temps, and fan speed. Uses SMART protocol and handles the most common sensor chips and video card GPU temp.

Core Temp[25] (FREE)

Very simple yet very popular. Monitor your CPU temps and get other vital information like CPU Model, Platform, Frequency, CPUID, TDP, and per core temperature readings. When it comes to monitor and control, this is one of my personal favorites.

Real Temp[26] (FREE)

Designed for Intel® single, dual, and quad core i7 CPUs – it monitors CPU temps. You can also control the TJ Max – safe max operating core temp – and see the distance to the set maximum. It will also display your Thermal Status to let you know if each core is operating at a stable thermal output.

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