How to Stress test your GPU

Are you experiencing temperature issues or stuttering while gaming? There could be several causes to these problems. Or perhaps you got a new graphics card and want to check your case’s cooling. Its always good to do a stress test for both your CPU and GPU when you  build a computer yourself. This guide will show you a quick way to stress test your GPU for issues.

The Software

There are several programs out there that you may use to stress test your GPU, we will be using GPUtest. TO monitor the temperature there are also several programs you can choose from, we will be using HWMonitor. Download both of them and extract the files. (I recommend downloading the ZIP file for HWMonitor. GPUTest downloads as a ZIP file by default).

The Setup

Before we start putting load on our GPU we’ll first measure the idle temperature. So run HWMonitor by running the appropriate version (x32 or x64). Use the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ beside the parts of your system to show the information you want (in our case we want to see the temperature of our GPU and as a bonus we can look at our CPU as well). Here is what I got my window to look like:



The Stress Test

Alright, time for some fun. Go to the folder where you extracted GPUTest. Find and run GpuTest_GUI. Once you run the program you’ll see a small window with several options. The first option is a dropdown menu to choose what test option you would like to perform. Start of with FurMark. Uncheck ‘Fullscreen’, enable OSI. Set your desired resolution and AA. Then click on ‘Run Stress Test’ to start the operation. Bring up HWMonitor to the front to see the temperatures. Here is what mine looked like, click to see the full image. (Note: While performing the test my room temperature was abound 30c)


There you go!. Leave the test running for 20-30 minutes with intense settings (high res, AA enabled) and if your GPU keeps working flawlessly  then you’re good to go! Keep an eye out for our tutorial of Stress Testing your CPU.


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