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Maybe a stupid question but how much of the cpu's lifetime do u loose by overclocking it? Lets say u clock it from 2.2ghz too 3ghz and the temps are on a normal state. It would be logical that if the temps are fine and within the safe ranges there shouldnt be such a big problem.. I got no idea.
Anyone could enlighten me plz?
post #2 of 19
I'd like to know this also

I OC with a lower voltage than my stock VID (I think stock VID is 1.325 or 1.35) so I am at 3.2 ghz with 1.3 volts and temps never over 49 (usually in the high 30's)

So seems to me my chip shouldn't lose any life as both volts and temps are below average. But I don't know
post #3 of 19
It has more to do with the voltages than the temps but honestly nobody can tell you for sure because each and every CPU will have a different tollerance for voltage. As long as you don't go crazy with vcore you will upgrade your cpu before you ever fry it.
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it should not be affected at all if u keep your temps, under safe
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It has more to do with the voltages than the temps but honestly nobody can tell you for sure because each and every CPU will have a different tollerance for voltage. As long as you don't go crazy with vcore you will upgrade your cpu before you ever fry it.
Yeah, that's the general consensus

Every chip, every chip class, every chip model, every chip revision responds differently to overclocking and overvolting.

If someone were to conduct a multi-year scientific study, it would become irrelevant after its publication, as newer/varying technology would have replaced the studied components.

The rule of thumb is don't overclock unless you have the immediate means to replace it.
    
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so in my case with good temps and lower volts than vid I shouldn't decrease my lifespan any?
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Correct me if Im wrong but arent CPUs average lifetime around 10 years on average. So even if you overclock and say knock off half that lifetime and make the CPU good for around 5 years, do you really think that you are going to keep that CPU for 5 years? A computers parts are usually good for about 2 years before upgrading. Dont be afraid to overclock. You will upgrade your CPU long before it dies if you overclock taking the appropriate steps.
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so in my case with good temps and lower volts than vid I shouldn't decrease my lifespan any?
nope
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My last 2 rigs are currently in usue.

A XP 1800+ I gave to my exes mom when she bought my sig rig (how old is that thing?) and a XP 2600+ my brother has had for a couple years

This rig will go to my son and his rig to a media center if I build another so I don't want it to die
post #10 of 19
like others have said, you will probably long have replaced the cpu before it would ever die from overclocking. now if you are trying to completely max out a cpu to its absolute fullest, running it 24/7, that might put more of a hurting on it.
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