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How do overclockers get to such high clocks without killing the CPU?

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When you reach 5.0 GHz clocks or higher, doesn't the voltage to start to kill the CPU?
post #2 of 11
Depends on CPU and voltage used.
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post #3 of 11
The average CPU should last about ten years or more. When you OC you shorten a CPUs lifespan. Since most of us dont wait ten years to upgrade our CPUs, it tends not to matter. The higher the voltage to more you shorten the lifespan.
    
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Yes, but how does the CPU not die within days when you start overclocking to over 5.0 GHz? I'd imagine the voltage goes over 1.6V.
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1.6 wont kill a cpu in days if you have ample cooling yes it will shorten its life alot but it will last a year or more 1.7would be a difrent story that would be for suicide runs most people only use there cpu 1 year anyways
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Most overclockers who push 1.6v through their chips are only benchmarking for a few hours, so it won't cause too much long-term damage. But it's also possible to push the voltage so high that the chip fries instantly.
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I don't know how but my Phenom II 965c1 still works perfect at 3.8Ghz which is max for this chip,
and it's still working for over 3 years already without any visible problems or so.
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post #8 of 11
Although I won't deny that high voltages will reduce cpu lifespan, I have yet to hear a cpu die.
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unless you have your cpu OC'd to rediculas amounts for long periods of time your fine..... like he said... who uses a cpu for more than 3 years anyway lol
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Originally Posted by lurkingdevil View Post

Although I won't deny that high voltages will reduce cpu lifespan, I have yet to hear a cpu die.


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