PassMark Software has released version 8.0 of BurnInTest. This program puts the various parts of the computer to work in order to test the reliability and stability of the system. The software is available in a standard version and a professional edition, with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions available for download. The professional edition offers additional testing capabilities for tape drives and parallel, serial and USB ports. In addition, the memory tests in the Pro version are more extensive. More information about the differences between them is here to find. In version 8.0, the following changes and improvements have been made:
New GPGPU test
- The GPGPU test exercises and verifies the GPU’s General Purpose computing operations (rather than 3D type operations). The GPGPU tests are a bit like the CPU tests, but the tests are run on the GPU. The GPGPU test load is user selectable.
- The GPGPU test runs on all detected GPUs (to a maximum of 8 GPUs). The GPUs that are being tested are listed in the GPGPU test window.
New Webcam test
- Added an integrated Webcam test to BurnInTest Pro. This test allows a Webcam display window to be opened as a pre-test. BurnInTest will report errors opening the Webcam window and the user can also report a visual display error (via a button).
New battery test
- Added an integrated Battery test to BurnInTest Pro. This test checks the battery levels in absolute or percentage terms. These checks can be carried out before the main tests, and/or during the main tests.
New Microphone test
- Added an integrated Microphone test to BurnInTest Pro. This test allows a microphone test window to be opened as a pre-test. The test allows 20 seconds of audio to be recorded via the microphone which can then be played back to verify the Microphone input is OK. BurnInTest will report errors opening the Microphone input and the user can also report an audio error (via a button).
Improved the CPU test
- Added a new CPU test for AES.
Improved the Memory test
- BurnInTest can now monitor and report low level hardware errors, like corrected ECC memory errors, CPU and PCI-E errors, based on the Microsoft Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA).
Improved the Disk test
- Increased the default Disk test duty cycle from 50% to 100%.
- Added larger disk test block size options from 2MB to 64MB. In many cases this allows faster testing.
- Increased the Blocksize default from 0.25MB to 4MB.
- Optimized the Sequential, HighLow and Random test patterns to reduce the time required to test a disk and to increase load.
- Added a user defined test pattern (eg: 55AA or F0F0) where one user defined test pattern can be specified.
- Added a Physical disk read test, that tests that all sectors on the physical disk can be read. This can be useful for a number of reasons including testing that a disk is the size that it reports it is (we have seen disks and UFDs that have this issue).
- The mechanism to calculate the disk test throughput (MB/sec) and to trigger the Slow Disk Threshold has been improved.
- Corrected a Disk test crash bug with the High/Low test mode.
- Changed the description of Automatically selecting disk drives to better reflect that SSDs are also selected with this option (not just hard disks).
Improved the Standard Network test
- Increased the number of Network ports that can be tested from 12 to 20.
- Improvement to the verification of the IPv6 Standard network test packets.
- When an error ratio is specified with the standard network test, the number of packets required before the ratio is considered to be meaningful has been increased.
- Preferences->Network now warns that at least 1 destination address must be specified.
Improved the Bluetooth test
- Bluetooth updated to work with more recent devices.
- Improved the error message when a connection to the device fails.
Improved the Advanced Network test
- Added an automatic detection and testing of Network Adapters option in the Advanced Network test. This allows easier testing across systems with different network card configurations.
- Optimized the Advanced network test to provide a greater load with lower CPU utilization (ie test higher network loads). Also, increased the default Advanced Network Block size from 1000 to 16384 to increase the default Network load.
- Better support for systems with VMWare or VirtualBox installed.
Improved the Sound loopback test
- The Sound loopback test has been changed from mono to stereo. BurnInTest now plays a stereo waveform and records and analyzes each channel. The left and right channel waveforms are displayed in the test window and errors are reported for either the left or right channel.
- Very short tests are now possible (eg to verify correct cabling) down to about 4 seconds.
- Sound preferences now displays the waveform capable input and output devices on the system, to make it easy to determine which is the default device (0), and what will be used for the test.
- The output device is now selectable using BurnInTest scripting.
Improved the 3D test
- Higher load through higher resolution textures and 3D objects. Improved the test for Intel integrated graphics cards.
Improved the USB test
- The USB 3.0 Loopback test has been changed to use a larger burst length to increase the USB system loading.
- Improvements to detecting PassMark USB 3.0 Loopback plugs in some scenarios.
Improved the Video Playback test
- Additional error information now reported for the Video Playback test.
- Corrected a Video playback test crash bug that could occur in rare scenarios at the end of a video clip.
System information improvements
- Separate Operating System descriptions for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
- Updated CPU system information for newer CPUs.
- Updated CPU features: AVX, AVX2, XOP, FMA3, FMA4
- Non-turbo CPU speeds now measured and reported for Ivy Bridge (and later) Xeons.
- Summarized some CPU features to fit them all on the CPU test window.
- Minor CPU temperature reporting changes for AMD Family 15h, Models 0h-0Fh and 30h-3Fh (eg A10-7850K).
- Added temperature monitoring of Intel Atom NXXXX CPUs (eg N2800).
- If AMD CPU temperatures are unable to be retrieved, BurnInTest no longer reports these temperatures as 0.
- AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 6xx socket type corrected.
- System information added for 8970M/7730M/4810 video cards.
- System information added for AMD R9/R7 and 8700M/8800M video cards.
- Added disk volume GUID information
- The maximum number of SMART devices for System Information reporting has been increased from 32 to 64.
Memory SPD changes
- BurnInTest now reports memory modules greater than 32GB.
- Increased the number of reported memory modules from 16 to 32.
- Improved memory device information (added support for DDR3 SPD revision 1.2 and 1.3).
- Improvements to system memory information (for some systems with Intel LPCs, Ivy Bridge-E IMC SMBus, AMD/ATI/nVidia SMBus and Intel Haswell-E/Wellsburg chipsets).
- Improvements to memory capacity information.
- Multiple SMBus controllers are now supported, for RAM connected to separate CPUs.
- Improvements to Sandy Bridge-E chipset memory module reporting.
- Intel ValleyView chipset, Intel 5 Series chipsets and SiS96x chipset support added.
- Improved collection of memory (SPD) information: Added support for retrieving info for all RAM modules on Supermicro server boards. Added support for the VT8237S chipset. Added support for enabling SMBus on the Intel X79 Express Chipset. Fixed incorrect decoding of number of banks in DDR2FB SPD that caused the memory stick size to be reported incorrectly.
- If BurnInTest failed to collect Memory SPD information from some systems, it was possible that BurnInTest would try forever. This would not allow the user to enter preferences. This has been corrected.
- Added reporting on Battery information to BurnInTest Pro (without the need of BatteryMon).
- Fixed a crash bug on start-up when collecting system information on a system with a very large number of disks.
- Rare crash on collecting Disk SMART information fixed.
- The test configuration details can now be saved to a text report (File->Save Test Configuration Text As…) or to an Activity level 1 trace log file. This can help record the test configuration of a test run or be used to check the test configuration.
- A statistics report has been added to log test monitoring data in a CSV (Comma Separated Variable) format for post test analysis. Currently this includes data logging for temperature, fans* and voltage*. *3rd party HMonitor or SpeedFan software is required to monitor fans and voltage.
- Temperature reporting and graphing now supported down to -50C (previously above 0C) where supported by the temperature source.
- Added fields to the Customer Test Certificate: System model, Motherboard manufacturer and Motherboard serial number.
- Pre-tests may now be run directly or scripted to run with or without a main body of tests.
- On double clicking a result on the Results window, if there is no error then the test description in help is displayed instead of the error description.
- A background watermark on the System Information page is displayed so that at a glance it is obvious whether BurnInTest V7.x or V8.x is running.
- Minor temperature logging change.
- Corrected a possible crash bug when printing results as a post test action.
- Corrected a bug where if all “RUN” script commands failed (eg due to a script syntax error) then no PASS/FAIL window will be displayed.
- It is now possible to skip the collection of specific system information on start-up, including CPU turbo mode, SMBIOS and SPD data. This is an extension to the existing “-W” command line parameter.
- Tested and documented network PXE booting a Windows image with BurnInTest 8.0.
- When running BurnInTest on WinPE, BurnInTest will no longer attempt to create a debug file (minidump) on encountering a crash.
- BurnInTest no longer converts old configuration files made with BurnInTest 6.0.1012 or earlier.
- Corrected a crash bug when starting the 3D test on a system with more than 10 monitors.
- Help updated for V8.0 and other minor improvements.
The following downloads are available:
PassMark BurnInTest 8.0 build 1000 – Standard (32bit)
PassMark BurnInTest 8.0 build 1000 – Standard (64bit)
PassMark BurnInTest 8.0 build 1000 – Professional (32bit)
PassMark BurnInTest 8.0 build 1000 – Professional (64bit)
|Version number||8.0 build 1000|
|Operating systems||Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8|
9.45MB – 12.76MB