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Hey forum, for a very good question a good friend of mine and i were wondering about these overclocking "myths"
For example i heard the other day overclocking makes your capacitors explode? "yeah, right"
So, im interested, when you overclock a component how does it affect the actual hardware? Im referring to both FSB and Voltage. Voltage seems to be my main issue as im starting to tamper with voltage a little on my new gear motto is "try until you fry"
You'll learn sooner or later i guess.
Im just wondering but is it true that overvolting can actually cause components to explode? For example make capacitors leak due to over voltage or will this only occur if temperature rises too much and the component gets excessively hot.
Let us know this may end up being a long forum of both beginner questions and interesting myths.
Thanks OC forum biggrin.gif

I'll definitely hope that someone else can elaborate or speak from a more knowledgeable point. AFAIK, yes over voltage can cause capacitors to burst, but it is usually with lower end products, or really high over voltage. Cooling is critical, but the more voltage you put through something, the more heat that is going through that as well, and heat can/will damage over time. That being said, for CPUs the degradation is minimal, considering the average lifetime for a CPU is something like 10 years, and by overclocking it and stuff, we may reduce that to 6-8 years. I say minimal, since most of us replace parts every 2-3 years just to have new 'stuff'.

OK, now all of the electrical engineers can come in actually give you more solid info. wink.gif
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Thank you very much for the information hope i don't sound a freggin idiot for asking this haha, but it just seems to be a very good and interesting question i came across, In australia we recently encountered a very dodgey batch of capacitors made in china, Or so my very close friend in the industry who's been gaming for almost 30 years has quoted. For reasons i will not disclose his name nor the business he works at tongue.gif but he's a reliable source.
Peoples gpu capacitors were exploding the moment they were tampering with overclocking. hence why i thought id bring this up for a personal interest.
So for a capacitor to explode or leak it would have to get very hot would it not? and the metal would have to be able to reform? or does it just happen over time with higher voltages please continue as this is educating me heavily tongue.gif

As I said, I hope for someone more knowledgeable in this area, as I just have a general understanding.
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