Intel is offering a free diagnostic tool to check your CPU for functionality. The software checks for processor operating frequency, brand ID, specific processor features, and also will perform a stress test. This tool would be especially handy if one were in the market to buy a used computer system. You will be able to tell if the CPU is being overclocked and also if it is executing processes properly.
On the Intel Web site the company states:
The diagnostic can be configured to execute in one of two modes, presence test mode or verification mode. Additionally, it can be configured to enable (run) or disable (skip) individual default configurations are used for this mode of operation.
The limitations of the tool is that it will only test 32 bit CPU’s. In order to successfully use the software the system must also have the following software installed:
- Microsoft® Visual C++ 2008 Runtime Libraries
- Windows® Installer 3.1 Redistributable (v2)
- Microsoft® .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)
- Java Runtime Environment
This will be installed on the system if they are not present.
The Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool will start testing the CPU right away after it has been launched on the system. This test takes several minutes to complete. A progress bar and a log indicate the test progress.
This is another of those tools you may wish to add to your tool chest.
Just click on the link to find Intel’s Processor Diagnostic Tool . There is also a user manual available in pdf format.