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Heavyload

CNET Editors' review

Heavyload is a free program that offers an interesting way to test your computer's endurance. By pushing your system to the limit, Heavyload will show you how well your PC can handle stress.

The program's interface is cut down to the basics, which makes it easy to navigate. While it only has a few command icons, they're well labeled, and they're all that you need to conduct a successful test. The program's running graph shows your available memory and CPU usage, which comes in handy when using some of Heavyload's other features. There are four different testing options, though the program does a poor job of differentiating them, so we left the default settings in place. Luckily, too, since our CPU usage chart instantly began to skyrocket. By quickly filling your RAM, hard disk, and operating system with test data, Heavyload offers an easy and safe way to simulate conditions that could cause your computer to overheat or crash. It was a bit disappointing that Heavyload just keeps running until it's shut it off manually. We'd also like to see a feature that recreates the elements and time of certain stressful situations. Regardless, this is still a simple and exciting way to test your computer's operational capabilities.

Heavyload is freeware. It comes as a compressed file. This program is practical and simple to operate, and we recommend it.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Stresses CPU / memory well, disk OK, GPU not really"

    January 8, 2012  |   By tylerhawes

    Version: Heavyload 3.0

    Pros

    - quickly saturates CPU and RAM
    - maxes out disk activity and can fill drives if you want
    - simultaneous 2D graphics drawing
    - very light installer

    Cons

    - 2d graphics drawing doesn't really reflect heavy graphics load, which would be 3D GPU usage

    Summary

    Does what it's supposed to do. I just wish they would add a component to max out modern 3D GPU cards. It would also be nice to be able to tweak the storage IO profile similar to IOmeter.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It does stress your computer."

    December 31, 2009  |   By netwebdave

    Version: Heavyload 2.4.1

    Pros

    Effectively stresses CPU and RAM.

    Cons

    RAM stress test did not go over 1.8 GB.

    Summary

    Has the option to stress the CPU at 100% load or just a standard load (very good when troubleshooting a CPU). The memory tester could be a little better (I tested on a system with 8GB and it only loaded 1.8GB. The instructions are nonexistant so if you do not notice the play button or the other functions, you will think it is a simple task manager.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not necessary"

    December 30, 2009  |   By rok43

    Version: Heavyload 2.4.1

    Pros

    Well, it handles performance of computer.

    Cons

    Windows Task Manager can do better.

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