Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy
Would you say that while an OC might fail Prime95 after several hours, it would likely never be pushed that hard in day to day use?
Definitely. Stress testing is completely artificial with the assumption that if it can handle 'worse case scenario', it can handle anything. That's also why it's a good idea to throw several types of realistic and unrealistic tests into the mix. Varying load, voltages involved, components etc.
Everybody has their own approach and their own reasoning. I've also seen and experienced failures after prolonged testing. Also not everybody chases the same level of overclock.
Basically, no overclock can ever
be considered fully stable no matter how it's stress tested. But prolonged testing does increase the chance of highlighting/uncovering an area or weakness where a likely failure is to occur.
Depending were and when it fails, can also help pinpoint what may the root cause (ie temps, particular voltage, Ram settings etc).