PassMark Software has released the latest version of one of the most versatile PC memory troubleshooters available. According to the software vendor, MemTest86 will usher in a “new era of memory testing” in its next release.Biggest highlight A key feature of the new memory stress test software is its ability to identify which IC on a DIMM has an error.
When it comes to troubleshooting PC failures, memory hardware issues are probably one of the most annoying problems DIY enthusiasts face. Some hardware is more prone to problems than others, and some have symptoms that provide red flags. However, memory problems can manifest themselves in many unpredictable ways. Additionally, DRAM is particularly susceptible to problems and compatibility issues with other hardware. For years MemTest86 has helped people to check and test their memory thoroughly.
Depending on the severity of your PC’s problem, we recommend that you test each memory module individually, following the basic logic of presumption by erasure. However, if your system can run and complete the task with all memory modules populated, MemTest86 can check them and experiment with different slots without tedious plugging and unplugging. .
The image above shows the Heading feature brought to the front. When a user goes through his MemTest86 tool he inserts a quartet of Crucial 16GB DDR5-4800 DIMMs and sees that DIMM_B1 has a problem. The test failed with 99 errors.
The new MemTest86 shows more detailed test results than ever with screenshots. About halfway down the “image” of the DIMM “U6” is highlighted in red, and the column next to it says that all 99 errors are due to this DRAM chip or IC.
Most users replace the affected DIMM with a new one of the same specification when the error is displayed. I hope it’s covered under warranty so I can get a new module in a few days after returning it. Some PC and electronics repair enthusiasts/workers may leave modules with errors. Knowledge of defective chips means repairs are possible, or keeping an inventory of her DIMMs with some donor DRAM chips/ICs available to fix subsequent PCs. I can do it.
PassMark commented on that image hours after it was posted, highlighting that the IC error highlighting feature is currently only working on DDR5 platforms running in dual-channel mode. Also, at this time, this is an Alder Lake and Z690 only feature.
That’s all for now. As with many teasers, I have more questions. For example, when will this feature come out? Will it be included in the free version of the tool? do you