Checking the video card for performance, stability test.

testing-video cards Good day.

The speed of games (especially new products) directly depends on the performance of the video card. By the way, games are at the same time one of the best programs for testing a computer as a whole (in the same special programs for testing, separate 'pieces' of games are often used, according to which the number of frames per second is measured).

Usually, testing is done when they want to compare a video card with other models. For many users, the performance of a video card is measured only by memory (although in fact sometimes cards with 1Gb of memory work faster than with 2Gb. The fact is that the amount of memory plays a role up to a certain value, but it is also important what kind of processor is installed on the video card, bus frequency and other parameters).

In this article I would like to consider several options for testing a video card for performance and stability.



1) By the way, before you start testing a video card, you need to update (install) the drivers on it. The easiest way to do this is using a special. programs for automatic search and installation of drivers:

2) The performance of a video card is usually measured by the number of FPS (frames per second) issued in different games at different graphics settings. A good indicator for many games is considered to be 60 FPS. But for some games (for example, turn-based strategies), the level of 30 FPS is the same very acceptable value …




Geeks3D FurMark

An excellent and simple utility for testing a wide variety of video cards. Of course, I myself do not test so often, but out of more than a few dozen models, I have not come across a single one with which the program could not work.

FurMark stress tests by heating the graphics card adapter to maximum. In this way, the card is tested for maximum performance and stability. By the way, the stability of the computer is checked as a whole, so, for example, if the power supply is not strong enough to ensure the operation of the video card, the computer can simply reboot …

How to test?

1. Close all programs that can heavily load the PC (games, torrents, videos, etc.).

2. Install and run the program. By the way, it usually automatically detects your video card model, its temperature, and available screen resolution modes.

3. After choosing the resolution (in my case, the standard resolution for a laptop is 1366×768), you can start the test: for this you need to click on the CPU Benchmark Present 720 or CPU Stress test button.


4. Start testing the map. It is best not to touch the PC during this time. The test usually takes a few minutes (the percentage of the remaining test time will be displayed at the top of the screen)


4. After that, FurMark will present you the results: all the characteristics of your computer (laptop), the temperature of the video card (maximum), the number of frames per second, etc. will be indicated here.

To compare your performance with the performance of other users, you need to click the Submit button.


5. In the browser window that opens, you can see not only your sent results (with the number of points scored), but also the results of other users, compare the number of points.





To remind Russian-speaking users of this name OST (industry standard …). The program has nothing to do with the rest, but it is more than capable of checking a video card with a sufficiently high quality bar!

The program is able to test the video card in various modes:

– with support for various pixel shaders;

– with different DirectX (9 and 11 versions);

– check the card at the time specified by the user;

– save check schedules for the user.

How do I test a map in OCCT?

1) Go to the GPU: 3D (Graphics Processor Unit) tab. Next, you need to set the basic settings:

– testing time (even 15-20 minutes is enough to check a video card, during which the main parameters and errors will be identified);

– DirectX;

– resolution and pixel shaders;

– it is highly desirable to enable the checkbox for searching and checking errors during the test.

In most cases, you can only change the time and run the test (the program will configure everything else automatically).

occt --- setting-settings-for-testing

2) During the test, in the upper left corner, you can observe various parameters: the temperature of the card, the number of frames per second (FPS), testing time, etc.

2 --- video card test

3) After the end of the test, on the right, on the graphs of the program, you can see the temperatures and the FPS indicator (in my case, when the processor of the video card is loaded by 72% (DirectX 11, squeak shaders 4.0, resolution 1366×768) – the video card issued 52 FPS).


Special attention should be paid to errors during testing (Errors) – their number should be equal to zero.

test errors

Test errors.

In general, usually after 5-10 minutes. it becomes clear how the video card behaves and what it is capable of. This test allows you to check it for core (GPU) failures and memory performance. In any case, the check should not have the following points:

– computer freezes;

– blinking or turning off the monitor, the disappearance of the picture from the screen or its freezing;

– blue screens;

– significant increase in temperature, overheating (the temperature of the video card is undesirable above 85 degrees Celsius. The reasons for overheating can be: dust, broken cooler, poor ventilation of the case, etc.);

– the appearance of error messages.

Important! By the way, some errors (for example, blue screen, computer freezing, etc.) can be caused by 'incorrect' operation of drivers or OS Windows. It is recommended to reinstall / update them and test work again.

3D Mark

Official website:

3DMark - test your graphics card

Probably one of the most famous testing programs. Most of the test results published in various publications, websites, etc. – were carried out in it.

In general, today, there are 3 main versions of 3D Mark for checking a video card:

3D Mark 06 – for checking old video cards with DirectX 9.0 support.

3D Mark Vantage – for testing video cards supporting DirectX 10.0.

3D Mark 11 – for testing video cards supporting DirectX 11.0. Here I will dwell on it in this article.

There are several versions for downloading on the official website (there are paid ones, and there is a free one – Free Basic Edition). Let's choose free for our test, besides, its capabilities are more than enough for most users.

How to test?

1) Run the program, select the 'Benchmark test only' option and press the Run 3D Mark button (see screenshot below).

1 test run in 3d Mark

2. Next, various tests begin to load in turn: first, the bottom of the sea ocean, then the jungle, pyramids, etc. Each test checks how the processor and video card will behave when processing various data.

tets video card

3. Testing takes about 10-15 minutes. If there were no errors in the process, after closing the last test, a tab with your results will open in your browser.

2015-02-15 12_21_39-AMD Radeon HD 6650M video card benchmark result - AMD Athlon (tm) II P340 Dual-Co

You can compare your results and FPS measurements with other participants. By the way, the best results are shown in the most prominent place on the site (you can immediately evaluate the best gaming video cards).

All the best…

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