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If you keep the temperatures down will overvolting shorten the lifespan or damage the cpu?

Just wondering cause I think I've seen some people say overvolting doesn't cause damage its the heat that does, but other's say overvolting does damage regardless of temperature.
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It depends on how much you are overvolting. What are you planning to overvolt to?
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It depends on how much you are overvolting. What are you planning to overvolt to?
I will go as high as possible as long as it's not gonna damage anything.
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I am with the people with the school of thought that overvolting/overclocking (the former ALWAYS / the latter SOMETIMES) DOES decrease the lifespan of a component.

one of the major reasons I'd say, is because of the conductivity of the materials making up the components ITSELF.

Sure - the HSF maybe dissipating as much heat from the surface of the component as fast as it can - BUT, deep down in the intricaces of the component, the heat isnt moving off and out of the materials fast enough (that is - fast enough, that its safe for the material forming the architecture)

... if you understand.

in my experience though - its something I've DEFINATLY noticed...

(should talk to CD in his thread about this one I think )
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I will go as high as possible as long as it's not gonna damage anything.
Highest as possible? What overclock speed are you trying to achieve? There's no need to run 1.6vcore at 2.9Ghz. The only reason to raise vcore is to stabilize a overclock, which though you'll need a good HSF to get a good temp and overclock ratio..

So, what HSF do you have and what overclock are you trying to reach for?
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Highest as possible? What overclock speed are you trying to achieve? There's no need to run 1.6vcore at 2.9Ghz. The only reason to raise vcore is to stabilize a overclock, which though you'll need a good HSF to get a good temp and overclock ratio..

So, what HSF do you have and what overclock are you trying to reach for?
2.9ghz is my limit with default voltage, but if raising volts isn't gonna do much damage I'm sure i could go higher than 2.9, whatever it may be.

I got a Arctic freezer 7 pro. and i want either 3.2, 3.5 or 4 or 5ghz
whatever's not gonna kill my cpu.

EDIT: Wait my ram isn't going to let me go that high, i think 3.2 is about it.
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2.9ghz is my limit with default voltage, but if raising volts isn't gonna do much damage I'm sure i could go higher than 2.9, whatever it may be.

I got a Arctic freezer 7 pro. and i want either 3.2, 3.5 or 4 or 5ghz
whatever's not gonna kill my cpu.
Well, the first thing you need to know is your current CPU temp. Download both CoreTemp and TAT. Also download Orthos and run it to find your load temps. It is recommended not to exceed 60C load.

With a better HSF, you can probably reach 3.2~3.5Ghz easily. Watercooling or Phase/LN2 can reach 5Ghz, though I haven't seen 4-5Ghz yet.

CPU are made to last for around 10 years and overvolting from 1.35vcore stock to around 1.55vcore would problem reduce the life span by 3-4 years or less/more.

But, if your current load temps are fine with your HSF, keep going?
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My load temperature is already 62c, orthos/CT 0.95
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My load temperature is already 62c, orthos/CT 0.95
I would underclock and undervolt until you get a better HSF.
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I would underclock and undervolt until you get a better HSF.
I don't think i can go back now. even if it is damaging it.
thanks for your time TaiDinh.
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