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Wondering if there has been records or if anyone has had experiences with their cards becoming unstable after say a year or so with high overclocks? Just curious really.
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Cards ??? Did you mean GPUs or CPUs

I generally run my CPU, RAM and GPU overclocked fairly high 24x7 and havent experienced it myself. Generally though I upgrade something every year and do a full upgrade every couple years so perhaps I dont keep long enough to experience the issue myself.
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Yes, Graphics Cards/GPUs/Video Cards that's why it's in the Graphics cards section smile.gif

I've ran CPUs OCed well over two years and never had problems. That said all my OCs for CPUs have been moderate and i always tested until i got 24hrs prime95 and 15rds of IBT stable or more. Though my Q9550/P5E i don't feel that safe pushing it anymore because the P5E is over 5 years old.

I've never OCed GPUs till now testing my 470 which is 3 years old, it's actually going fairly well. Got all the way up to 700/1750 on stock volts until display driver crashed during valley bench.

I used to upgrade yearly but since college and the sluggish advancement of graphics over the past years the 470 is still pretty adequate today. I just recently bought a 7970 and am wanting to push it pretty hard. Saw a thread on another forum that a member was asking if anyone had an experience with their cards losing the ability to retain their high clocks over time. And it got me to wondering.
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Usually the degradation is on a much longer scale. Like your card would have lasted 10 years and now it will only last 6. Not.. it would have lasted 3 and now only 1.
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Originally Posted by Zarich View Post

Usually the degradation is on a much longer scale. Like your card would have lasted 10 years and now it will only last 6. Not.. it would have lasted 3 and now only 1.

Good to hear. I wish someone would do a long term test and put up some numbers.
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Reaching higher clock usually requires higher voltage, higher voltage means higher power dissipation and higher power dissipation means higher HEAT which is killer for any semiconductor device!.

Pushing your cpu/gpu performance up by incresing clock is like a stress on that particular hardware. Had it been possible, manufacturers would have already done that. But enthusiast like us would never let it go unless we squeeze out all the performance the hardware can deliver.

As far as CPU overclock is concerned, overclockers buy a good aftermarket cooler so CPU overclock should be more durable than GPU.
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I know heat is the main problem if you can contain the heat you basically have nothing to worry about i guess. I'll be watercooling this time around for sure can't wait biggrin.gif
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After 2 years my card has recently become more difficult to OC. Used to be I could get an easy 900/1325, but now I get bsods when I try 880/1275. I never really noticed a big difference in actual gaming anyway.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by core unlocker View Post

Reaching higher clock usually requires higher voltage, higher voltage means higher power dissipation and higher power dissipation means higher HEAT which is killer for any semiconductor device!.

Thus the computer gawds were all like, let there be water in your systems.
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Thus the computer gawds were all like, let there be water in your systems.

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