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How long after a processor is made should you no longer consider buying it?

I'm talking about this:

http://superuser.com/questions/456445/is-the-performance-of-a-cpu-affected-as-it-ages?answertab=votes#tab-top
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How long after a processor is made should you no longer consider buying it?

CPUs are solid-state, so the only time limit for NOS (new old-stock) CPUs should be when you can't find a motherboard to operate it on.
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Ok, my new Ivy Bridge came today saying it was made in the 33rd week of 2012. I was wondering if that was a sign that I should return it.
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Why would you return something that isn't faulty?
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As long as CPU has a motherboard it can run it, it will run regardless of its again. I got some old P3 servers in my basement with new old stock 1.4GHz procs in it.
 
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How long after a processor is made should you no longer consider buying it?

I'm talking about this:

http://superuser.com/questions/456445/is-the-performance-of-a-cpu-affected-as-it-ages?answertab=votes#tab-top

The crystal oscillator in the link you posted is what provides the "clock signal" for the CPU. I'm not sure if newer CPUs actually still work in the same way but what that does is tells the CPU when to begin executing the next instruction in the program.

As long as the CPU can keep up by performing the operation correctly in the amount of time between periods from the clock signal then the computer will function as intended. So how long the CPU is on the shelf in the store or warehouse wouldn't really effect anything.
    
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The crystal oscillator in the link you posted is what provides the "clock signal" for the CPU. I'm not sure if newer CPUs actually still work in the same way but what that does is tells the CPU when to begin executing the next instruction in the program.

As long as the CPU can keep up by performing the operation correctly in the amount of time between periods from the clock signal then the computer will function as intended. So how long the CPU is on the shelf in the store or warehouse wouldn't really effect anything.
K, thanks. The processor in my hand is a 3350P, according to the model's release date mine seems to be among the first batch. That's what got me concerned.

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Why would you return something that isn't faulty?
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Why would you return something that isn't faulty?
Because I haven't opened it yet?
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Ok, my new Ivy Bridge came today saying it was made in the 33rd week of 2012. I was wondering if that was a sign that I should return it.

So... Intel gets rid of old stock before selling new stock.

Performance is no different. Actually some of the early on die's sometimes tend to be the best for OCing as they were manufactured more carefully.
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Ok, my new Ivy Bridge came today saying it was made in the 33rd week of 2012. I was wondering if that was a sign that I should return it.

People are crazy! Sealed mayonnaise will last longer than that. No, there is absolutely no reason to return it. There is no significant degredation of the CPU from sitting on a shelf. In the shop I work at I have worked on systems that are over ten years old, systems that saw daily use, and the CPU's work just fine in those. Perhaps if you were doing extreme overclocking you might see the headroom go down over time, which is something I have only heard second hand. But just sitting in the box for a year? Nope.
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Ok, my new Ivy Bridge came today saying it was made in the 33rd week of 2012. I was wondering if that was a sign that I should return it.

Since you havent opened it you should be able to return it and wait for haswell, but until then an Ivy Bridge cpu is the latest you can get, in fact Sandy Bridge chips are still for sale in my location, and 1155 mobos should still be around even after Haswell comes out.
   
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