Stress Test is a form of intense and thorough testing used to determine the stability of a given system. In the computer world, a typical stress test should put computer hardware under exaggerated levels of stress in order to ensure the stability when used in a normal environment, and is usually performed in a lab at large organizations or in a manufactory level.
The good news is that there are free tools out there available to end users like us that can perform a pretty decent stress test as well to your own computer unit. For example, HeavyLoad by Jam Software is one of them.
Aiming to stress the main component areas of a PC, HeavyLoad can stress test Processor, Memory, Hard Drive, and Graphics. You can run these tests individually or all together. Obviously, running all tests together at once puts the maximum stress over to your system. It’s suggested that if you’re serious about the stress test you are about to run, you will need to leave it running for a long period of time to get a more accurate result.
The individual test methods employed by HeavyLoad can be customized to fit your needs. On a system featuring multiple processor cores, for example, you can select how many of the available cores shall be used,
or set the speed in which the test file is to be written on your hard drive.
It’s also worth noting that Jam Software has another awesome tool called TreeSize, a powerful and flexible hard drive space manager for Windows system. In order to simulate disc accesses test, HeavyLoad integrates the scan function of TreeSize and is able to simulate a number of hits on files and folders on all local disks, to find out how much ultimately your hard drive can take.
HeavyLoad is completely free and works on all Windows platforms including both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. It also offers a portable version that you can put on a USB flash drive and use it wherever needed.