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Here’s a summary of all the changes that have been made in each version of BurnInTest. Click here to return to the BurnInTest product page.

Version 8.1 build 1018, 8/August/2016

Version 8.1 build 1017, 21/July/2016

Version 8.1 build 1016, 20/June/2016

Version 8.1 build 1015, 3/May/2016

Version 8.1 build 1014, 22/April/2016

Version 8.1 build 1013, 23/March/2016

Version 8.1 build 1012, 15/January/2016

Version 8.1 build 1011, 10/December/2015

Version 8.1 build 1010, 28/September/2015

Version 8.1 build 1009, 31/August/2015

Version 8.1 build 1008, 12/August/2015

Version 8.1 build 1006, 5/August/2015

Version 8.1 build 1005, 3/August/2015

Version 8.1 build 1004, 27/July/2015

Version 8.1 build 1003, 17/July/2015

Version 8.1 build 1002, 15/July/2015

Version 8.1 build 1001, 8/July/2015

Version 8.1 build 1000, 6/July/2015

Version 8.0 build 1046, 19/June/2015

Version 8.0 build 1045, 10/June/2015

Version 8.0 build 1044, 29/May/2015

Version 8.0 build 1043, 22/May/2015

Version 8.0 build 1042, 29/April/2015

Version 8.0 build 1041, 27/April/2015

Version 8.0 build 1040, 27/March/2015

Version 8.0 build 1039, 18/March/2015

Version 8.0 build 1038, 18/February/2015

Version 8.0 build 1037, 9/February/2015

Version 8.0 build 1036, 6/February/2015

Version 8.0 build 1035, 2/February/2015

Version 8.0 build 1034, 30/January/2015

Version 8.0 build 1033, 28/January/2015

Version 8.0 build 1032, 7/January/2015

Version 8.0 build 1031, 7/January/2015

Version 8.0 build 1030, 2/January/2015

Version 8.0 build 1029, 19/December/2014

Version 8.0 build 1028, 12/December/2014

Version 8.0 build 1027, 10/December/2014

Version 8.0 build 1026, 8/December/2014

Version 8.0 build 1025, 17/November/2014

Version 8.0 build 1024, 14/November/2014

Version 8.0 build 1023, 12/November/2014

Version 8.0 build 1022, 10/November/2014

Version 8.0 build 1021, 24/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1020, 22/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1019, 22/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1018, 15/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1017, 13/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1016, 10/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1015, 3/October/2014

Version 8.0 build 1014, 29/September/2014

Version 8.0 build 1013, 22/September/2014

Version 8.0 build 1012, 19/September/2014

Version 8.0 build 1011, 19/September/2014

Version 8.0 build 1010, 17/September/2014

Version 8.0 build 1009, 12/September/2014

Version 8.0 build 1008, 29/August/2014

Version 8.0 build 1007, 22/August/2014

Version 8.0 build 1006, 20/August/2014

Version 8.0 build 1005, 11/August/2014

Version 8.0 build 1004, 6/August/2014

Version 8.0 build 1003, 18/July/2014

Version 8.0 build 1001, 4/July/2014

Version 8.0 build 1000, 23/June/2014


New GPGPU test

New Webcam test

New battery test

 New Microphone test

Improved the CPU test

Improved the Memory test

Improved the Disk test

Improved the Standard Network test

Improved the Bluetooth test

Improved the Advanced Network test

Improved the Sound loopback test

Improved the 3D test

Improved the USB test

Improved the Video Playback test


CPU changes

GPU changes

Disk changes

Memory SPD changes



Version 7.1 build 1017, 18/September/2013

Version 7.1 build 1016, 16/September/2013

Version 7.1 build 1015, 6/September/2013

Version 7.1 build 1014, 30/August/2013

Version 7.1 build 1013, 23/August/2013

Version 7.1 build 1012, 21/August/2013

Version 7.1 build 1011, 16/August/2013

Version 7.1 build 1010, 14/August/2013

Version 7.1 build 1009, 12/August/2013

Version 7.1 build 1008, 29/July/2013

Version 7.1 build 1007, 28/June/2013

Version 7.1 build 1006, 24/June/2013

Version 7.1 build 1005, 17/June/2013

Version 7.1 build 1004, 7/June/2013

Version 7.1 build 1003, 5/June/2013

Version 7.1 build 1002, 3/June/2013

Version 7.1 build 1001, 12/March/2013

Version 7.1 build 1000, 4/February/2013

Version 7.0 build 1017, 18/December/2012

Version 7.0 build 1016, 14/November/2012

Version 7.0 build 1015, 19/September/2012

Version 7.0 build 1014, 1/August/2012

Version 7.0 build 1013, 31/May/2012

Version 7.0 build 1012, 8/May/2012

Version 7.0 build 1011, 26/April/2012

Version 7.0 build 1010, 4/April/2012

Version 7.0 build 1009, 21/February/2012

Version 7.0 build 1008, 16/February/2012

Version 7.0 build 1007, 10/February/2012

Version 7.0 build 1006, 8/February/2012

Version 7.0 build 1005, 12/December/2011

Version 7.0 build 1004, 10/November/2011

Version 7.0 build 1003, 20/October/2011

Version 7.0 build 1002, 22/September/2011

Version 7.0 build 1001, 13/September/2011 - MAJOR RELEASE

New tests & improvements to existing tests

Touch screen test:

CPU test improvements:

Memory test improvements:

Disk test improvements:

Standard Network test:

Advanced Network test:

Optical drive test improvements:

2D test improvements:

USB test improvements:

Sound Loopback test:

Serial Port test:

Video Playback test:

Temperature monitoring and reporting:

New system information

Improvements to testing automation

Improvements to reporting 



Version 6.0 build 1030, 2/May/2011

Version 6.0 build 1029, 4/April/2011

Version 6.0 build 1028, 19/January/2011

Version 6.0 build 1027, 12/January/2011

Version 6.0 build 1026, 8/November/2010

Version 6.0 build 1025, 12/August/2010

Version 6.0 build 1023, 2/July/2010

Version 6.0 build 1021, 26/May/2010

Version 6.0 build 1020, 31/March/2010

Version 6.0 build 1019, 4/February/2010

Version 6.0 build 1018, 30/December/2009

Version 6.0 build 1017, 16/December/2009

Version 6.0 build 1016, 7/December/2009

Version 6.0 build 1016, 10/November/2009

Version 6.0 build 1014, 2/October/2009

Version 6.0 build 1013, 10/September/2009

Version 6.0 build 1011, 8/July/2009

Version 6.0 build 1010 rev2, 23/June/2009

Version 6.0 build 1010, 19/June/2009

Version 6.0 build 1009, 20/May/2009

Version 6.0 build 1008, 12/May/2009

Version 6.0 build 1007, 8/April/2009

Version 6.0 build 1006, 26/March/2009

Version 6.0 build 1002, 2/March/2009

Version 6.0 build 1001, 12/February/2009 - MAJOR RELEASE

System requirements

Windows 2008 Server support added.

New tests & improvements to existing tests

CPU test improvements:

  • Created a new CPU test that includes the previous Maths test, MMX/SIMD tests as well a wide range of new CPU instruction tests to provide a more complete CPU test. In addition to the existing tests, new CPU tests include:
    New General CPU instructions like:
    - Data transfer instructions (e.g. pushing/popping data to/from the stack)
    - Bit wise logical instructions (e.g. bit wise and/or/xor)
    - Shift and rotate instructions (e.g. shift data left x number of bits)
    - Logical instructions (e.g. equals)
    - Control transfer instructions (e.g. jump on x greater than y)
    - String instructions (e.g. copy a text string)Logical operations, conditional operations
    New Floating Point Unit instructions like:
    - Transcendental's (e.g. sin, cos)
    - Load constants (e.g. load Pi)
    New SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 and SSE4a tests.
    A new prime number test.
    A new 'maximum' heat test.
  • The CPU tests verification mechanism has been improved.
  • An indication in the CPU test window of the number of concurrent CPU tests per test type has been added.
  • The maximum number of CPU's/CPU cores has been increased from 32 to 64.
  • The CPU Tests groups are now individually selectable for a test run.

Memory test improvements:

  • The Standard memory test has undergone a major upgrade. This removes some of the Standard memory test limitations, like the 1GB limitation for the standard test for 32-bit BurnInTest. It also removes problems with running many BurnInTest tests together with the Standard memory test. The test is now also optimized for multi-core CPU's.
  • A new Standard memory pre-test prior to the main set of tests has been added. The advantage of doing this is that the memory can be checked before the other tests are run, making it easier to identify memory problems directly, rather than indirectly (such as faulty memory in the system cache showing as a disk error). Also, when the RAM test is run individually, the allocation of test RAM is more aggressive and thus more RAM s tested.
  • The error handling for faulty memory has been improved.

Disk test improvements:

  • The Disk test has been optimized to run faster.
  • A new option has been added to the Disk test to test raw (unformatted) disks. In general, this test mode is significantly faster than testing formatted disk volumes.

Optical drive test improvements:

  • Blu-Ray read test now supported.
  • A DVD Burn test has been added. Requires Vista, 2008 Server or IMAPI2 patches for XP and 2003 Server.
  • A new DVD test mode to automatically select CD/DVD test modes (1 x DVD burn and 1 x PassMark test CD/DVD) has been added.

3D test improvements:

  • The 3D test has been optimized to offload more processing from the CPU to the Graphics card.
  • The DirectX 3D test has been updated to use the August 2008 DirectX libraries.
  • The full screen 3D tests can now be manually exited with the escape key.

Plugin test improvements:

  • The Plugin test now allows 5 external Plugin tests (up from 3) and 6 User defined test strings (up from 2).

New system information

A large amount of new system information has been included in the new version:

  • CPU: Support for new CPUs. Also, new CPU information includes: Internal codename, Family, Model, Stepping, Revision, socket type, Fabrication, features (e.g. SSE4.1 and VMX), CPU clock frequency, multipliers, minimum and maximum CPU ratios, Turbo information, TDP limit, TDC limit and number of caches. Also, manufacturer CPU icons added for many of the CPUs.
  • Memory: Memory module information and virtual memory information is now also displayed.
  • Optical drive: Blu-Ray optical drive information is now also displayed.
  • Graphics: Multiple graphics cards and multiple monitor information is now displayed. New information includes: chip type, amount of video memory, BIOS information and Device driver information
  • Ports: PS/2, USB, Firewire and audio port information is now also displayed.

Improvements to testing facilities

The main improvements to exiting testing capabilities are listed below:

  • A new Logging option to automatically generate HTML customer test certificate reports has been added.
  • A set of pre-defined common tests, 'Quick tests', has been added. These include:
    - Maximum CPU temperature: Runs a short CPU test to 'maximize' CPU temperature and check CPU cooling.
    - CPU coverage: Runs a short CPU test to validate many different CPU instructions.
    - RAM: Runs a single pass of the standard RAM test for each test pattern.
    - Video RAM: Runs a single pass of the video RAM test.
    - 3D: Runs a short 3D test.
    - Local disk scan: Runs single pass of the disk test for all locals fixed disks.
    - Removable disk scan: Runs single pass of the disk test for all removable disks, excluding floppy disks.
    - Users can also add their own tests to the Quick Tests menu simply by creating test scripts and putting them in the certain BurnInTest directories.
  • BurnInTest temperature collection for certain CPUs and Hard disks has been added (this is in addition to using the existing 3rd party products).
  • Additional error trapping has been added, to help determine where system component failures occur.
  • New scripting commands have been added to set the report attributes for the customer name and the technician, SETCUSTOMER and SETTECHNICIAN.
  • Changed the Start tests warning message to not be displayed during a test script, unless it is the first test run from the script or the test may require some user action.
  • An option to restrict User's modifying the tests selected has been added.
  • HotKeys added for common functions, like starting tests.
  • Added the menu option to edit the BurnInTest error description and classification file.
  • Double clicking the Results table opens the help file on the error description page.
  • Context sensitive right mouse button menus added for common tasks.
  • The number of clipboard options increased, including copying a System summary, system information and results as text and HTML.
  • A link to online CPU comparisons from the CPU section of System Information has been added. This shows the system's CPU type performance against a range of other CPUs.
  • Log file name prefix can now include environment variables to help with dynamic naming of log files.
  • System beep on Pass and Fail is now user configurable (when sound card/ speakers are not setup). System pass and fail sounds are also now different.
  • The Logging User Interface has been re-organized to better group like items.
  • Improved the portability of configuration files between systems. Specifically, the default Sound test files (.wav, .midi and .mp3) and other test files may be specified without a directory path, in which case the bit.exe directory is used at run time.
  • If a LastUsed.bitcfg file is not found in My Documents\<username>\BurnInTest, BurnInTest will now check the bit.exe directory (e.g. C:\ProgramFiles\BurnInTest).
  • Changed the disk free space bar chart on the Disk test window to be a bar chart showing progress in terms of testing the whole disk.
  • Added footer information for the print and export reports.
  • A left margin has been added to printouts.
  • Common numeric error codes shown during logging are now shown as a textual description.
  • Save Image and Save Report last user preferences are now remembered.

Release 5.3 build 1036, 18/November/2008

Release 5.3 build 1034, 3/October/2008

Release 5.3 build 1033, 1/October/2008

Release 5.3 build 1030, 25/September/2008

Release 5.3 build 1028, 11/September/2008

Release 5.3 build 1026, 17/July/2008

Release 5.3 build 1022, 12/June/2008

Release 5.3 build 1021, 5/June/2008

Release 5.3 build 1020, 29/May/2008

Release 5.3 build 1019, 16/May/2008

Release 5.3 build 1018, 16/April/2008

Release 5.3 build 1017, 3/April/2008

Release 5.3 build 1016, 17/March/2008

Release 5.3 build 1015, 27/February/2008

Release 5.3 build 1014, 26/February/2008

Release 5.3 build 1013, 31/December/2007

Release 5.3 build 1012 rev0002, 1/November/2007

Release 5.3 build 1012, 17/October/2007

Release 5.3 build 1011 rev 0002, 20/September/2007

Release 5.3 build 1011, 11/September/2007

Release 5.3 build 1010, 28/August/2007

Release 5.3 build 1007, 7/August/2007

WIN64 specific:

Release 5.3 build 1005 rev 0001 Standard, 29/June/2007

Release 5.3 build 1005, 18/May/2007

Release 5.3 build 1004, 10/April/2007

New functionality:

Platform support changes:

Bug corrections:

Release 5.2 build 1005, 21/February/2007

Windows Vista support:

Disk test improvements:

CD test improvements:

Other improvements:

Bug corrections:

Release 5.1 build 1014, 6/November/2006

Release 5.1 build 1013, 8/September/2006

Release 5.1 build 1012, 15/August/2006

Release 5.1 build 1011, 7/July/2006

Release 5.1 build 1010, 4/July/2006

Release 5.1 build 1009, 23/June/2006

Release 5.1 build 1005, 2/June/2006

Release 5.0 build 1001, 9/March/2006

Version 5.0 build 1000, 24/February/2006 - MAJOR RELEASE


BurnInTest Standard and Professional versions:

BurnInTest Professional specific:



Release 4.0 build 1032, 23/November/2005

Release 4.0 build 1031, 12/September/2005

Release 4.0 build 1030, 4/July/2005
Release 4.0 build 1029, 1/July/2005

Release 4.0 build 1028, 7/June/2005

Release 4.0 build 1027, 25/May/2005

Release 4.0 build 1025, 19/May/2005

Release 4.0 build 1024, 22/February/2005

Release 4.0 build 1023, 22/December/2004

Release 4.0 build 1022, 20/December/2004

Release 4.0 build 1021, 14/December/2004

Release 4.0 build 1020, 2/December/2004

Release 4.0 build 1019, 20/September/2004

Release 4.0 build 1018, 13/September/2004

Release 4.0 build 1017, 7/September/2004.

Release 4.0 build 1015, 24/June/2004.

Release 4.0 build 1014, 24/May/2004.

Release 4.0 build 1013, 29/April/2004.

Version 4.0 build 1012, 16/April/2004.

Version 4.0 build 1011, 1/April/2004.

Version 4.0 build 1010, 18/March/2004.

Version 4.0 build 1009, 25/February/2004

Version 4.0 build 1008, 23/February/2004

Version 4.0 build 1007, 18/February/2004

Version 4.0 build 1006, 6/February/2004

Version 4.0 build 1005, 20/January/2003

Version 4.0 build 1004, 8/January/2004 - MAJOR RELEASE


A large number of the tests have been improved to be more comprehensive or convenient to use. These are:




Version 3.2 build 1000 Std &Pro edition, 5/May/2003

Version 3.1 build 1005 Pro edition, 21/Feb/2003

Version 3.1 build 1002 Std & Pro edition, 27/Jan/2003

Version 3.1 build 1000 Std & Pro edition, 13/Jan/2003

Version 3.0 build 1007 Pro edition, 23/July/2002

Version 3.0 build 1005 Std & Pro edition, 12/July/2002

Version 3.0 build 1002 Std & Pro edition, 30/May/2002

Version 2.3 Build 1006 Std & Pro edition, 4/Mar/2002

Version 2.3 Build 1000 Std & Pro edition, 29/Oct/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1006 Std & Pro edition, 21/Sept/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1005 Std & Pro editions, 25/July/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1004 Pro edition, 22/June/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1003 Std & Pro editions, 26/May/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1002 Std & Pro editions, 7/Apr/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1001 Std & Pro editions, 10/Feb/2001

Version 2.2 Build 1000 Std & Pro editions, 1/Feb/2001

Version 2.1 Pro - 30/Oct/2000

Version 2.1 (Build 1001) - 30/Aug/2000

Version 2.1 (Build 1000) - 27/Aug/2000

Version 2.0 - 20/April/2000

Version 1.0 - 11/Sept/99


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