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post #1 of 14
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So I found this thread:

http://cboard.cprogramming.com/tech-...rclocking.html

Two knowledgeable electrical engineers/techs are going at it discussing overclocking. One says it is okay, one says it isn't.

Anyone care to comment?

My main question is. If my temps are cool and everything seems stable, will I still have intermittent issues that will be hard to find the cause of (overclocking vs driver vs hardware defect) etc.

has anyone overclocked a cpu on a 24/7 clock for several years with no problems whatsoever or does anyone on this board actually stick with a stable clock? Seems like everyone wants to push for more
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post #2 of 14
There is always risk involved with overclocking - if you want the most stability for your $$ then stock configuration is where it is at - when done correctly overclocking can be [fairly] safe.

I've had several computers that i've ran overclocks 24/7 for serveral years with no issues [stability or heat wise] although that comes down to how much time and effort you put into your overclock. If you're not willing to put several hours into stability testing, changing settings, etc. then you are significantly more likely to run into issues.

Last, remember it all comes down to the components you chose as well, if you buy cheap low end, already on their way out components, then you will most likely find issues, but with solid, high end hardware, you're usually much better off
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post #3 of 14
I had my Q9650 oc'd for a number of years, from it's release until last week when I upgraded to SB, and I never had any issues.

Edit: To be more precise, I believe I got it at the end of 2008, so nearly 3 years being oc'd with no issues.
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post #4 of 14
I run a stable oc for 2 years in a row, but it took me about just as long to get it there. If done right, should be no issues.
    
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post #5 of 14
Well, you're asking this on a hardcore overclocking site, so your answers will be biased of course.

I've been overclocking since the Pentium Pro (mid-90s). The MAIN con is, can the individual doing the overclocking do it right or not???

You have to put in research, attention to detail, smart observation, trial-and-error, common sense, proper cooling, proper hardware selection, etc etc.

Some people can do it right, other people are a train wreck.

If done properly, there is no con to overclocking. The useable lifespan of computer hardware is so short you can't say that over-stressing a component is a con.

I'd say the exception is vid cards, which can and will die in the short term if overstressed. I leave my GPUs at stock these days, but I always overclock a CPU if possible.
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I've been running my oc stable for about a year, I have had about 3 BOSD's with it, but all 3 times it was a temperature issue (not dusting my H50 out for 3 months adds about 15 degrees to my load temp). Hoping to run this oc for the next 2 years or so.
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post #7 of 14
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I'd say the exception is vid cards, which can and will die in the short term if overstressed. I leave my GPUs at stock these days, but I always overclock a CPU if possible.
that's what warranties are for.

You get 3 years on most kit - which is longer than you're likely to keep your stuff if you're trying to overclock and get the most performance you can. So unless you're stupid and put insane voltages through things that might result in burn marks etc, don't worry about it...
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Well I'm stable at my current setting with no issues,And the system I had before building this system.I ran a AMD Opteron 170 OCed for 3 years without any issues.
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post #9 of 14
I can go 24/7 with 200 - 600 mhz.. I start to have stability issues @ around 800. I wouldnt really say its bad, but it will shorten the life of your chip.. but if you buy frequent upgrades to your computer it shouldnt be a problem.
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post #10 of 14
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Thanks for the info everyone. So does this mean my computer will die in 3 years if overclocked...even with a slight overclock? Say up to 4.4 or 4.6?
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