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Does burning in a cpu have merit? I have my stock cooler my shiny new 955 on at 1.16 volts while waiting for my AM2+ plate to come in the mail. I could probably go lower volts, just had to fix windows first.
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No. The OC I have in my sig rig I had achieved within 5 minutes of installing the chip out of the box. I have never had issues with it and it runs full load 24/7.
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No burn in of the CPU itself is needed,however the thermal paste (that silver/grey stuff you use when installing the heatsink) may require time to burn in.
If you mean stability testing so your computer doesn't BSOD error after overclocking the CPU,then it is a good idea to run tools such as Prime 95,Intel Burn Test,or Linx.
What cooler are you going to use btw?
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Originally Posted by Heavy MG;13652410 
No burn in of the CPU itself is needed,however the thermal paste (that silver/grey stuff you use when installing the heatsink) may require time to burn in.
If you mean stability testing so your computer doesn't BSOD error after overclocking the CPU,then it is a good idea to run tools such as Prime 95,Intel Burn Test,or Linx.
What cooler are you going to use btw?

The water block is an apogee gt but the thing didnt come with the amd bracket so that's on it's way so im just playing with the stock cooler, my c2 chip was a dud before this wasnt even stable at stock, but at 1.21 volts this thing was running 50 degrees on the stock HSF after a couple of hours on P95 and some F@Home running at the same time so I have high hopes for a decent overclock once I get the loop put together,
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If you mean burn in as in the debated theory that running your cpu at the lowest stable voltage at stock frequency and running prime 95 for a few days non stop will increase your overclock then its up to you. Some people think its a myth some think it does help. I think id helps get a higher overclock but mainly because it starts you off at the lowest stable settings your chip will run.
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Originally Posted by Kal777;13652462 
If you mean burn in as in the debated theory that running your cpu at the lowest stable voltage at stock frequency and running prime 95 for a few days non stop will increase your overclock then its up to you. Some people think its a myth some think it does help. I think id helps get a higher overclock but mainly because it starts you off at the lowest stable settings your chip will run.

Yep, I'm going to try it might as well.
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CPU burn in no. TIM burn in however is a different story. For example I believe AS5 needs a 100 hour burn in time with power up and power down cycles so the stuff can settle and work it's magic. I don't know why you'd use AS5 though, that is unless you still have a tube of the stuff but there are much better TIM's on the market. The MX-4 being one that you can "set and forget".
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Heavy MG;13652410 
No burn in of the CPU itself is needed,however the thermal paste (that silver/grey stuff you use when installing the heatsink) may require time to burn in.
If you mean stability testing so your computer doesn't BSOD error after overclocking the CPU,then it is a good idea to run tools such as Prime 95,Intel Burn Test,or Linx.
What cooler are you going to use btw?

If you have AS5, that usually requires 200 hours of "burn in" before it becomes at its optimal peforming state. Others suck as MX-4 and suck need about 2 hours to actually cure. No burn in required.
 
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What do you mean by burn in? Running the CPU will not improve it's performance at all, the performance will gradually deteriorate through use. Burn in of hardware is generally referred to as running stress tests of new components to quickly discover if it is defective or not. The theory behind this is that most new hardware products will either fail almost immediately or not at all. This is a good idea, because then you can quickly get it back to the supplier for exchange.
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i have had a fair amount of overclock increase from burning in a cpu. i had a Q9400 that wouldnt get over 3.8ghz no matter the voltage i threw at it. decided id try the cpu burn in as a last attempt so i found the lowest voltage that would pass as stable at the stock speed and ran prime 95 non stop for a week. then i overclocked it and what you know, i got it to 4ghz stable. been burning in since and had positive results. some big some small. with my i7 930 i managed to shave of 0.05v on my 4.5ghz overclock by burning in for a week too.
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