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Hello guys I have the GPU listed in my sig.
If I oc my card from 850MHz@1.000V TO 950MHZ (or more)@(1.037-1.075V) will i seriously degrade my chip?
It is about 2+ years old and I need to keep it at least 3 more years.
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post #2 of 10
I'd leave it at the 1v and 850 core if you really need it to last 3 more years.
    
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Considering that temps dont go exceed 67 degrees?
WIll it last so much?
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If I needed to be able to keep hardware that long, I probably wouldn't overclock at all, to be honest. Saying that, the only GPUs I've owned that died where both volt modded. Also, I have several cards in service that have been overclocked, dating back AGP stuff, that still work fine. In particular, I have an 8600GT in service that I pencil modded and used to set a brief HWBot (or whatever it is) record, and has been in steady use ever since. So whenever those cards came out...clocked it 1Ghz core, which was nuts back then, used it for awhile in 8600GT SLI, gave it to my Mom, and she still uses it to this day. So it's a definite possibility that your card may last as long as you need, even overclocked, but is it worth the risk if you aren't able to replace it if it does die prematurely? Also, I am not so sure about the 560, but I don't trust these 570 I have to last very long...they just seem to run warm/loud/whole VRM blowing up thing...
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If I needed to be able to keep hardware that long, I probably wouldn't overclock at all, to be honest. Saying that, the only GPUs I've owned that died where both volt modded. Also, I have several cards in service that have been overclocked, dating back AGP stuff, that still work fine. In particular, I have an 8600GT in service that I pencil modded and used to set a brief HWBot (or whatever it is) record, and has been in steady use ever since. So whenever those cards came out...clocked it 1Ghz core, which was nuts back then, used it for awhile in 8600GT SLI, gave it to my Mom, and she still uses it to this day. So it's a definite possibility that your card may last as long as you need, even overclocked, but is it worth the risk if you aren't able to replace it if it does die prematurely? Also, I am not so sure about the 560, but I don't trust these 570 I have to last very long...they just seem to run warm/loud/whole VRM blowing up thing...

i agree if he really needs it to last 3 more years for sure best choice is not to overclock or if he does dont use any extra voltage all cards that i have owned have lasted 5+ years overclocked and folded/boinced or mined on but i do keep them pretty cool.
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post #6 of 10
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A peak temp of 67 degrees I think that it wont reduce it so much
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post #7 of 10
I don't think there would be any problem.

Your Overclock might degrade a little, where you might need more volts to stay stable or you will need to lower the clocks down. But as for the card failing just from the OC. I highly doubt it.


My GTX470 OCed is still going strong in my HTPC, and I got that card shortly after they came out.
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post #8 of 10
Don't the 480/580 (made on the same process) run at 1.1v+?

Most GPUs die from capacitors melting, VRMs blowing out , power surges and such, not from electromigration. I doubt a little voltage would degrade your 560 TI. If you mine, fold/run boinc or run other intensive work like that, I'd hold back a little, but if you're just gaming, your card should last a long time with a sizable OC biggrin.gif
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post #9 of 10
The core won't degrade much if you were to run it at 950, if it does you will know as you will have to under clock the card. The parts to worry about would be the VRM or other parts, but the card has lasted this long so I think it will last an extra few years, as the others said.
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I will just be gaming
I'm going to buy BF4 and when I played on my friend acc it had avg 42fps on ultra@1080p
When i got it to 950 i got avg 49-50 fps which results in such a smoother gameplay.
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