Originally Posted by JacKz5o
Even if your temps are fine. Too high vcore will lower the chip's lifespan to only a few years.
I beg to differ.
From my understanding, temp. is the main reason why you cannot overclock as high as you could.
Yes, the architecture of the chip itself should also be considered; however, even if a chip is guaranteed to overclock from 3 Ghz to 4 Ghz, if your temp. is 59*C load at 3.1 Ghz, you cannot overclock to 4 Ghz.
That's why phase change is very ideal because it keeps the CPU cold, thus allowing the resistivity of a CPU to drop, allowing one to achieve a higher overclock with more voltage.
It's safe to keep it under recommended max voltage, but the life span taken away by voltage higher than recommended would be relatively small.
I believe a CPU at stock is to last at least
ten years. People upgrade every 3~4 years nowadays. Less than a year if you're rich. So even if your vcore is a bit high, as long as the temp. is fine, the CPU life span will be cut down by only a few years.
In Desperado's case, since the system is unstable with his vcore, it is recommended that he take the vcore down a notch.