Memtest86 5.1.0 / 6.0 Beta 1
First step after a thorough cleaning
Once you have stripped your computer of your vital information and only the basic and most necessary parts are properly cleaned and interconnected, you may want to boot up and run some tests.
The cleaning process does not only consist of a bit of dusting here and there, but taking all the system and thoroughly clean it until it sparkles and, also, reapplying thermal paste if the current one has turned into a solid version of the initial well-balanced compound.
Professional tools to spot memory issues
Memtest86 is actually recommended as the second test of the suite, right after checking for temperature and voltage thresholds. If everything seems to be in order in that sector, you may want to fire up Memtest86 and let it perform the series of test patterns to most memory addresses, the same as the one used by experts.
Multiple deployment methods
The application has a high grade of compatibility, thus you really have to be unlucky for your system to not be able to run it. You can easily create bootable discs, USB flash drives and even floppy disks to ensure you boot directly into the program. As for detected faulty RAM modules, you just cannot overlook them because the application makes it impossible for you to do that thanks to the screaming red it displays whenever an error is encountered.
To end with
All in all, Memtest86 can easily track down unhealthy RAM sticks and pinpoint to them as the cause of some very ugly errors that may occur during your everyday work. Novice users are advised to pay extra attention and not get into the more advanced options of the program as they were not intended for general use. Other than that, Memtest86 is a heck of a tool!
Reviewed by Alexandru Pintilie, last updated on September 13th, 2014
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- New Features:
- Support for DDR4 RAM (and associated hardware), including retrieval and reporting of DDR4-specific SPD details
- Support for Haswell-E (DDR4) ECC detection (untested)
- New RAM benchmarking feature allowing results to be graphed and saved to disk. Previous results can be graphed on the same chart for comparison.
Application descriptionMemtest86 software is designed to be a stand alone memory test for x86 and x64 architecture computers. BIOS based...