Originally Posted by redwolf_92
wow! If it wasnt pauldovi saying it I wouldnt believe it. I know that voltage is more detrimental than heat, but I always thought 60c was the load temp to shoot for and that you should never exceed 70c for an extended period of time. Guess i can try to clock mine a bit more.
Personally, I don't overclock mine over 5% stock voltage and no more than 50C. This is because I like my hardware to last, and I just don't need the power.
Operating your processor at an increased voltage will significantly decrease the lifespan of your processor. Operating it at an increased temperature will also decrease its lifespan, just no as bad as the voltage will.
Something that I didn't make very clear. While your processor may not be in danger of any permanent damage at higher temperatures, its stability will be lower. A processor at 30C will be inherently more stable than one at 75C. Keep that in mind.
Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quads under the stock cooling often exceed 70C under normal operation in OEM machines.
If you don't need the extra speed, I wouldn't risk it. My processor is capable of running in excess of 4.0Ghz, but I am happily running at 3.0Ghz. Why? Because I have yet to find a task that will stretch my processor as it is.