If you have ever bought a video card, then you saw in its char­ac­ter­is­tics, in addi­tion to the main fre­quen­cy, the sec­ond one. You can reveal the max­i­mum capa­bil­i­ties of the video card using bench­mark tests. You will over­clock the video card to the lim­it and find out what it can with­stand.

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Why run tests?

The GPU test loads your card with spe­cial graph­ics loads to see how it han­dles the work ahead. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for those who have built a com­put­er on their own, because this is the only way to ensure the sta­bil­i­ty of the GPU.

Imag­ine that the video card sud­den­ly burns out dur­ing the game, or dur­ing the game on the net­work, which is much more offen­sive. It’s best to check ahead of time just in case.

But if the card fails, don’t wor­ry. The most com­mon prob­lem for a graph­ics card is over­heat­ing, so you will just need to fix the prob­lems before­hand. For exam­ple, pick up a pow­er­ful cool­ing sys­tem.

How to test

The choice of options is actu­al­ly huge, corny by enter­ing a require­ment into a search engine, you will imme­di­ate­ly see a lot of dif­fer­ent tests. Please note that not all of them are free. For exam­ple, 3DMark bench­mark. This appli­ca­tion also has a free ver­sion, but its fea­tures are lim­it­ed. The full ver­sion is on Steam and is often avail­able at a dis­count.

In any case, the free ver­sion will also give you enough options to test your graph­ics card.

But if you want to test your graph­ics card and get as much infor­ma­tion as pos­si­ble, Heav­en Bench­mark is your best bet.

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After down­load­ing the pro­gram, run it and you will see a win­dow where you can select the res­o­lu­tion and qual­i­ty of the tex­ture on which you want to test. It is worth choos­ing those para­me­ters with which you usu­al­ly launch games. And the res­o­lu­tion, of course, is to choose the res­o­lu­tion of your Win­dows sys­tem. Most often it is 1920x1080.

If you’re won­der­ing how your com­put­er will han­dle stereo 3D like Nvidia 3D vision, then you can also select the appro­pri­ate option.

The pro­gram also has pre­set test para­me­ters, espe­cial­ly for those who are not sure which para­me­ters they most often play on. Every­thing is quite sim­ple and clear. For exam­ple, you can choose basic set­tings (basic) or extreme (extreme).

If you are test­ing for a spe­cif­ic game, then look direct­ly at the game. Many mod­ern games, espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar ones from large stu­dios, have built-in bench­mark tests specif­i­cal­ly for their per­for­mance. You can most often view them on the graph­ic set­tings screen.

Well, if the game does not have such a test, then you can use pro­grams like FRAPS or MSI After­burn­er to record the per­for­mance of the video card right dur­ing the game.

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Dur­ing the test, the pro­gram shows you dif­fer­ent 3D pic­tures from dif­fer­ent angles. It is already clear from them how well the com­put­er is doing. If some­thing moves or is dis­played incor­rect­ly, then the load is too high for the com­put­er. An fps counter is dis­played in the upper right cor­ner of the pro­gram. The min­i­mum score for smooth game­play is 30fps. Falling below this indi­ca­tor, respec­tive­ly, will affect the game process. But the num­ber you real­ly want to see is 60fps. If your video card can not cope, then you need to change the set­tings in the set­tings pan­el.

In addi­tion, you will see the mod­el and size of your video card, and the pro­gram will record the tem­per­a­ture of the card for you. It is worth pay­ing spe­cial atten­tion to this indi­ca­tor, since over­heat­ing of the card is high­ly unde­sir­able.

If you select the Bench­mark option in the upper left cor­ner or press F9, then the record­ing of the results will begin. The pro­gram will start run­ning tests and show the results in a new win­dow.

This way you will get a very com­plete pic­ture of the min­i­mum and max­i­mum fre­quen­cy. The high­er the score, the bet­ter, of course.

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How to fix problems

There are sev­er­al ways to fix the prob­lem if the video card is not show­ing the expect­ed results. You don’t have to change the map right away.

The first step is to update your graph­ics card dri­vers to the lat­est ver­sion. Con­verse­ly, if you are using beta dri­vers or exper­i­men­tal ver­sions, then it is bet­ter to return to the stan­dard ones. After that, restart your com­put­er and wait for all essen­tial appli­ca­tions to launch.

Close unnec­es­sary pro­grams and test again.

Don’t for­get to keep your graph­ics card clean and free from dust buildup. Also, make sure that the cool­ing sys­tems are oper­at­ing nor­mal­ly. Well, if this does not help, then you can already think about buy­ing a new video card.

We rec­om­mend the ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1060 Advanced gam­ing graph­ics card. It has 6GB of mem­o­ry and can han­dle the most demand­ing games per­fect­ly.