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FurMark 1.20.6.0

Check the stability of your graphics card overclock with this useful OpenGL tool

by Mike Williams

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Date Updated: 12 June 2019
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FurMark
Stress-test your graphics card

FurMark is an OpenGL benchmark that stress-tests your graphics card with fur rendering.

At its simplest, you can use the program as a speed test to confirm that your graphics card is delivering the performance you'd expect. Just launch the program, choose the Benchmarking option, and click Go. Once the test is complete you'll see your scores, and can then upload and compare them with others. (Or simply point your browser at http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/furmark_scores.php, where the last 10 uploaded scores are always displayed.)

If you've overclocked your graphics card, though, you can also use FurMark to confirm that it's stable. Choose the Stability test, click Go, and this time the program will carry out a far more intensive benchmark: if your system survives this, then the overclock is solid and shouldn't cause you any problems with other applications.

Of course it's possible your overclock might not survive, and that could be very bad news. Your display may go completely blank until you reboot, for instance. But if the stress test has generated too much heat, then it may cause physical damage to the card: unlikely, but it could happen.

Always save your work before you run FurMark, then. And if you're running the Stability test, check the option to log your GPU temperature. This will let you monitor the effects of any overheating, and you can close the test down if the card is getting too hot.

Version 1.20.6.0 changes:

- Added support of Radeon R9 285.
- Fixed a minor bug related to user settings that could impact benchmark results.
- Removed the burn-in benchmark 15min button.
- Updated: GPU Shark 0.9.2.0 and GPU-Z 0.8.0
- Updated: ZoomGPU 1.9.5 (GPU monitoring library)
- Updated the description of the driver version for AMD Radeon cards for online submissions.

Verdict:

A simple way to confirm that your graphics card overclock is stable. Beware, though - if it's not, or the card is faulty, then stress tests like this can crash your PC

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

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