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Just ordered a new MBP Want to Stress-Test it. What software to use?

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I just ordered a MBP from Macmall. Went high-end withthe 2.3ghz processor. anti-glare/hi rez ect. I do want to stress-test this puppy when I get it and I wonder if anyone can recommend some software to do that.
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Quick question: Why?

It's a computer, not an interocitor. There's no reason to "stress test" it. If it works, it will work as you need to work.

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You should ALWAYS test-stress any electronic component. It's like a burn-in. If it passes it, which it should, it is likely that it will last a very long time. If it doesn't, then you know you might have a lemon and get it replaced now instead of having it die on you out of warranty.

See sixth paragraph down. http://diglloydtools.com/memorytester.html

I haven't gotten this software yet because it doesn't test the GPU
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Cinebench will test out your GPU. If you really want to stress the CPU and GPU together, get the smallLuxGPU application:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33632/smallluxgpu/

Geekbench will run some CPU-only tests. There is a RAM tester here, though not free:

http://www.memtestosx.org/joomla/index.php

Your hard drive will probably be the component most likely to suffer a failure but there aren't really any apps that do prolonged reads/writes. You can just use the Finder though and duplicate lots of small files so select a small file, then command-d, command-a, command-d etc until you hit about 30,000-40,000 or so. It'll only take about 15 repeated commands.

To do a stress test sequential write, just erase the free space on the drive using Disk Utility.

If you can post a few of your scores from the benchmark apps, those would be good to know. Run each test 3 times or so. Cinebench has a CPU and GPU test, you don't have to bother with the single core test, just multi-CPU and OpenGL.
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Originally Posted by bobcatou View Post

You should ALWAYS test-stress any electronic component. It's like a burn-in. If it passes it, which it should, it is likely that it will last a very long time. If it doesn't, then you know you might have a lemon and get it replaced now instead of having it die on you out of warranty.

See sixth paragraph down. http://diglloydtools.com/memorytester.html

I haven't gotten this software yet because it doesn't test the GPU

The idea of "stress-testing" a computer is dumb. You test a computer by using it. Install software. Use that software to do your work. For a MacBook/MacBook Pro, there are a finite number of charging cycles that its battery is designed to tolerate. Why consume them in non-productive work? For the HDD or SSD, there is a finite probability of failure. Why increase the likelihood of failure while getting no work done. Did I say that stress-testing a computer is dumb? Well, it is dumb.
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