Torture Test

What Does Torture Test Mean?

A torture test is a hardware assessment of a digital device where the device is run at or near full capacity for an extended length of time. The results of the torture test are studied and used to ensure system reliability under normal conditions.


A torture test may also be referred to as a stress test.

Techopedia Explains Torture Test

In a typical torture test, a computer may be forced to operate at 100 percent processing capacity for 24 hours. For mobile devices, the torture test also provides a measure of battery life under maximum usage. Reliability engineers use the torture test to determine a component or system’s operating life and particular modes of failure.


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