The popular memory test program MemTest86 has been updated to version 6.0 yesterday. The new version introduces several new features and many changes of which the most important one is support for DDR4 RAM.
Support includes DDR4 RAM hardware as well as retrieval and reporting of DDR4-specific details
The new version of MemTest86 works like the old in many regards. It is still provided as a standalone disk image that you need to copy to CD, DVD, USB Flash drive or other removable media that you can boot the computer from.
It displays an options screen during boot that you can use to run various memory related tests. All versions of Memtest86 5 and later support dual-booting which refers to booting a version of the program compatible with UEFI or BIOS.
If you have downloaded the latest ISO image of the memory test program and run it on a machine not supporting UEFI, you will notice that MemTest86 4.3.7 is offered as an option instead of the more recent MemTest86 6.0 that was released yesterday.
Both versions will run a test automatically on start automatically. You can open the start menu in version 6.0 which displays various information about the computer and test configuration options.
From here it is also possible to configure and run the new RAM Benchmark option with options to write the data to a file (only if writable space is available).
Another new feature is the so-called Hammer Test which you find listed in the test selection menu. It has been specifically designed to detect disturbance errors caused by charge leaking.
Several existing features of the application have received enhancements. The top limit has been increased for CPUs (to 72), RAM modules (to 64) and memory controllers (8), and support for various new technologies has been added as well.
You can download the latest version of MemTest86 from the official website. It is available for Windows, Linux and Mac systems. It is free for personal use only, a pro version is provided for businesses.
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