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post #21 of 32
everything is about the heat. The companies calculate living life of the processors out of the average heat with boxed fan and heatsink. If you have extreme cooling (like phase change) you can overclock ALOT without doing any harm. Its when the Voltage gets two high that in those cases it might get dangerous. But otherwise just a little "trim up" will doubtly shorten life span alot
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post #22 of 32
Its not all about heat, another factor is high voltage. Even if a chip is cool if there is alot of voltage going through the chip then it can potentially shorten its lifespan. But those are usually at high voltages that people on a TEC/Phase would run.
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post #23 of 32
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Is there a way to measure the voltage of units? I know you can measure temperature.

In fact, what are the programs do measure both heat and voltage for all the parts that need monitoring?
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post #24 of 32
I know the original question has been answered, but allow me to give in example.

My dad and I have a small collection of the first laptops made. They are over 20 years old, and work just as they did back then. My guess is that they will continue to work fine for many many years to come. Consider how long it took for these laptops to become obsolete. 5 years maybe? Now think about how faster technology is developing now compared to then, and how much better quality computer parts are in.

Basically, what I'm trying to say, is that your processor/gpu will most likely work for decades. But imagine using an Osborne laptop as your main gaming pc.

If the life of the pc is shortened at all, you will never find out.
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post #25 of 32
My stock speed is 2ghz but im running @ 2.7 ghz with no increase in voltage temps now stay below 32 degrees load . thats a 33% increase with minimal risks
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post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by markuk3
My stock speed is 2ghz but im running @ 2.7 ghz with no increase in voltage temps now stay below 32 degrees load . thats a 33% increase with minimal risks
That's an impressive jump. Is that due to you having an Opteron?
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post #27 of 32
Heck yea. He got a decent stepping and got an amazing oc on just stock voltage. You can also get a pretty good overclock on stock voltage with the 3700+ San Diego, of course, depending on what stepping you get.
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post #28 of 32
You can't have everything in life...Porsche doesn't make a car that gets 30mpg.

With that said, be aware you are at overclock.net - we overclock because we want 100% of what our money & hardware can give us...bleeding the turnip dry. Overclocking is something to be afraid of...yea...just as much as hitting the gas. Imagine idling down the interstate...Don't want to push the engine too hard, do we?

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post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by ouroboros1827
You can't have everything in life...Porsche doesn't make a car that gets 30mpg.

With that said, be aware you are at overclock.net - we overclock because we want 100% of what our money & hardware can give us...bleeding the turnip dry. Overclocking is something to be afraid of...yea...just as much as hitting the gas. Imagine idling down the interstate...Don't want to push the engine too hard, do we?

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Obviously you can't have everything all at once.

I know where I am. I know what you guys are all about.

Your analogy was poor. Coasting down the interstate doesn't measure up to using a computer with default settings. OCing too much, or not getting enough cooling, will effectively wear out your parts quickly. For the inexperienced, it can spell disaster on newly acquired parts.
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post #30 of 32
Well, the inexperienced should not overclock their expensive computers on their first try.

My first OC attempt was on a celeron 466 that I built at the tender age of 4. Obviously building comps at the age of 4 is far from average but I digress, lol. I didn't OC it until I did some research, not on the internet back in 1994 but rather by asking a few older (30's) friends of my family who were into computers and eventually I caught on and I got that 466 to 720MHz with a custom machined heatsink and 60mm fan that a friend of mine made at his steel/aluminum shop. Obviously I didn't leave it OCed, that was just a learning experience for me, since playing the original DOOM on a Celeron 466 gave me plenty of FPS and overclocking yielded 0 gains in performance in Windows 95 lol!

What my point is, if you are afraid of damaging components, just be happy with them at stock speeds, if you are going to OC, expect trouble and expect to have to pay big sums of money to get replacement parts if you screw up, ***** happens.

My best analogy is basically one motto that I would live by if I ever had to spend my own money to buy stuff, don't buy anything unless you have the money to buy ANOTHER one if the first one fails, not even a Ferrari or house!
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