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Still new to site and wondering - is there a point of no return? If you go too far with overclocking can you do irreversible damage to your processor?

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Easily, but only if you don't know what you're doing (so only if you don't seek assistance).

In other words: it's very easy to go too far, but it's also very easy to avoid going too far if you have help.
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I'm going to assume you can if it is unstable enough or heated enough.
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If you start a fire, you've gone too far.
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Still new to site and wondering - is there a point of no return? If you go too far with overclocking can you do irreversible damage to your processor?

Thanks!
Yes, But thats why we have this site.
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Very high voltages will degrade a chip, and truly extreme volts can kill. But this is OCN, so as long as we can get that extra kHz we don't care
Edited by Usario - 7/20/11 at 5:10pm
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You can do irreversible damage to your wallet. But with OCNs knowledgbase you can avoid heat and overvoltage issues and OC your equipment nicely.

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Thanks for all the helpful responses, everyone. Sounds like it is possible to do damage, so best not to get too carried away. I'm still nowhere near ready to overclock on my own, so I'll just keep picking brains till I get there.

Take care!
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Thanks for all the helpful responses, everyone. Sounds like it is possible to do damage, so best not to get too carried away. I'm still nowhere near ready to overclock on my own, so I'll just keep picking brains till I get there.

Take care!
Once you do start, its addicting. You'll want to overclock anything with a processor lol.

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I would say if you don't touch any voltage settings it's nigh on impossible to do permanent damage.
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