Diagnostic software is handy! MemTest86+ and AIDA64 updated

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A new look for an old friend, and AIDA64 meets our new processors

AIDA64 has just released the update we’ve been waiting for after the launches of the Raptor Lake and Raphael chip families. New silicon from AMD and Intel supports new features like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, which means the software you use to monitor what’s going on inside that box has to learn some new tricks. . There have also been changes on the software side, with Win10 22H2 arriving with updates for Windows 11 and Server 2022 which AIDA64 also has to deal with.

The update includes a major overhaul of the built-in benchmarks as well as the stress test, which will make Finalwire’s tool more useful for those who have just upgraded to the new chips. This is not just an update for your processor, it also includes your coolers and peripherals. AIDA v6.80 includes support for things like the Asus ROG Ryujin II EVA LCD, SteelSeries Apex and Rival OLEDs, AiO liquid coolers from Corsair, and even the Stream Deck from Elgato. Update if you have it, try the demo if you don’t.

The other diagnostic tool that has something to brag about. If you’re old enough to occasionally query your memory, you probably remember a time when you used MemTest86 to test your computer’s memory. The screen presented when you booted into the tool wasn’t very exciting, but the ability to pinpoint these intermittent reboots to a single dodgy DIMM certainly was! Then came the dark days, when Chris Brady’s MemTest86 remained at version 3.0 for years and Samuel Demeulemeester created the Memtest86+.

Open source software is only as good as the software that supports it, and when you’re not making a lot of money from your efforts, it can be hard to keep dividing your efforts between what you’d like to work on and what you make a living. . There’s more to this story of course, but that’s not the news today. The news is that Memtest86+ 6.0 has just been released!

This new release includes updated code to support 32 and 64-bit UEFI, support for DDR5, recognition of not only new Intel and AMD processors, but many that have been released over the the last decade. You can grab an image for Windows or Linux so you can create a bootable USB and finally figure out if it’s your RAM that’s causing those occasional BSoDs or something else.

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