Test Your Computer With Heavy Load

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 7, 2008
Updated • Aug 6, 2010
Hardware, Software

It is always a good idea to stress test a new computer or new hardware to make sure that it is fully functionally and without errors. Hardware that is not working properly can lead to all kind of problems such as system crashes, data loss and even hardware defects.

Heavy Load is putting the system and its hardware to the test including CPU, Memory and Hard Drives."HeavyLoad writes a large test-file to the temp folder, it allocates physical and virtual memory and it draws patterns in its window."

A chart is displaying CPU usage and free memory during the tests but the only indication that the tests have not been successful would be a crash of either the application or the system. The user has the choice to start only selected tests by enabling icons on top of the program window.

It's possible for instance to only stress the CPU to find out if it is working properly or the cause of problems. Experienced users prefer to use specialized applications like MemTest to test the memory of the computer instead.


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  1. ShadowEW said on January 16, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Clearly hott doesn’t know what this program is intended for…

    Very good program, I now have a stable overclock that I’m happy with.

    Running Phenom II X6 1090T BE, at 3.7GHz core, and 4.2GHz turbo.
    High temp / Avg of 42C, from running ‘Heavy Load’ for 6 hours.

    Thanks for the article.. ^_^

  2. Alex said on November 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    A new major version of HeavyLoad are available…

  3. hott said on August 5, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    its shiiiit!

  4. Melik Yuksel said on July 8, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Great find Martin, sounds interesting. However, I’d be pretty upset if my system crashed when it fails the test (trust me, it will.)

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