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by ocing a cpu like a Q6600 how much shorter will its life span be?

if it is oced at 3.2 Ghz how much of its life span will be gone if it is ran 24/7 instead of stock speeds?
    
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if you dont change the voltage and get an aftermarket cooling solution, if the temperatures overclocked with the aftermarket cooler are the same as the temperatures @ stock speeds with the stock cooler, than the life span should be the same. its temperature that kills cpus
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if you dont change the voltage and get an aftermarket cooling solution, if the temperatures overclocked with the aftermarket cooler are the same as the temperatures @ stock speeds with the stock cooler, than the life span should be the same. its temperature that kills cpus
o that explains a lot thanks
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so the only way you can only oc it by FSB then?
    
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o that explains a lot thanks
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Processors usually have a lifespan of 5+ years so even if you put 1.4v through it it will last 3 years which is more than enough anyway
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that may be true for 90-65nm chips but it seems that voltage kills new 45nm chips
    
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For everyday use, I ALWAYS stick to stock voltages and take it to the limit on STOCK voltages, but for benching I'll increase to my personal level of acceptable temps (Below 60ºC). I've got a (now retired) 3.0E P4 Prescott that has lasted more than 4 years at that rate, and previous P4 Northy that lasted 3 and was still kickin when I sold it. If you want your CPU to last a while, find max OC at stock voltages and you'll be good for ALONG time
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Q6600s are robust CPUs, i have never heard of them degrading even after going over the 1.5v on water, so my guess is they will last as long as you stay below 1.5v
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