Originally Posted by finalheaven
You'll be pulling the same volts irregardless to get the CPU on full load. And while at idle, the voltage might "seem" higher, without much current flowing through (since you're at idle vs full load) a higher voltage will not have much effect. Further, you'll actually have less voltage applied at idle anyways assuming you're using p-states.
And as someone pointed out above, its not the motherboard you should be concerned about, but the CPU.
I don't overclock with P states, I am old school, and that to me is only for laptops on battery. I set the bclk and multiplier and 1.45v manually with LLC 3 (I don't mind if I am spending $10 more in electricity/year to have full 4 ghz at all times). And I get your point except for the fact that 1.45v with LLC 3 is NOT going to overshoot so much that the cpu is getting over 1.5v which you would have to set if LLC 1. And even if so, if your cpu is occassionally hitting 1.5v but your cooling is good enough to keep it at 70 C or below, I fail to see how you will kill your cpu. I've had an overclocked 4.7ghz 2500k for SIX YEARS at high voltage and LLC, always kept it under 70 C, and it hasn't degraded yet. Do you really think anyone is going to keep a first run Ryzen over six years? Maybe, and guess what, unless there is a defect in the cpu/architecture, it will last that long, as long as it is cooled well and not ridiculously overvolted past 1.5v like some of you want to achieve LLC 1Edited by hotstocks - 4/16/17 at 2:06pm