Originally Posted by Arxontas
I don't agree.
Common (non-extreme) chips on high overclocks from day 1 tend to degrade starting from 6 months of ownership. By two years of working overclocked, they are very degraded (There are exceptions though).
On the contrary, my QX 9650 still overclocks to near 4GHz at the maximum recommended safe Intel voltage of 1.3685 which means that it has suffered little degradation during the past five years & 20,000 hours of operation. This is why my CPU cost $1k to buy.
The only CPUs that I've seen degrade from reasonable voltages after a long period are SB based. The same would also happen to SB Xeons if they could be OCd.
There's literally no proof of your 6 months claim, you also forget that extreme chips are just normal chips with a bumped up multi (sometimes unlocked). They're not different in any meaningful way other than maybe sometimes overclocking a bit higher due to binning but that's very much questionable as well.
Your CPU cost so much because it had a black sticker, an unlocked multi and it came out a few months before cheaper CPUs based on the same exact dies.