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. Service Pack said on December 20, 2022 at 9:08 am

    This is Ghacks not How to Geek…

  2. ShintoPlasm said on December 20, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Shaun’s articles should be classified under a new ‘…for Dummies’ section. Just lol.

    1. John G. said on December 20, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      The only way to learn is to read as much ad possible. If you knowledge is too high then you can choose the articles and read only your selected ones. I read all the articles, there is always good and useful info in all of them, more or less. Thanks for the article.

      1. anonymous said on December 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm

        @John G.
        Please STOP enabling this nonsense. Unless you’re one and the same…

      2. Jody Thornton said on December 21, 2022 at 1:43 am

        Notice he said “Much Ad Possible” – now there’s a Freudian slip!

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