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I mean if I do it correctly and everything works, is there any REAL danger that my mobo will fry or is it all just hardware horror stories?
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I shouldn't think so, if everything is set up correctly. However, it is important to keep in mind that increasing your processor's vcore will decrease its lifespan. Hope this helps!
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I shouldn't think so, if everything is set up correctly. However, it is important to keep in mind that increasing your processor's vcore will decrease its lifespan. Hope this helps!
By how much will the life span be decreased?
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By how much will the life span be decreased?
Not by much. You will probably upgrade by the point it dies unless you have it cranked all the time then it could be a few years or even months. But you should read the overclock guides on these forums and your should be ok, but feel free to ask any questions.
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By how much will the life span be decreased?
If you keep it below 50C under load, the processor will outlast you. It will be obsolete long before it fails from overclocking.
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post #6 of 21
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If you keep it below 50C under load, the processor will outlast you. It will be obsolete long before it fails from overclocking.
Sorry to be a noob, but how much do you need to crank a p4 2.8 ghz to get to 3.2/3.4?
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post #7 of 21
Depends is it a 2.8A with 533mhz FSB? or 2.8 with 800mhz FSB?

For a 2.8A (x21 multi)-
stock 133fsb = 2800mhz
152 fsb = 3192mhz
162 fsb = 3402mhz

For a 2.8 with 800mhz FSB (x14 multi):
stock 200fsb = 2800mhz
229 fsb = 3206 mhz
243 fsb = 3402mhz
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post #8 of 21
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Depends is it a 2.8A with 533mhz FSB? or 2.8 with 800mhz FSB?
Hmmm... how do I find out which one I have?
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post #9 of 21
CPU-Z would tell you, http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php.
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post #10 of 21
Don't worry about how much it effects the lifespan.... unless you paln to OC it to the fringe and leave it there. A solid OC won't mater much since they last far beyond there need anyway. I've had an old AMD 1200 OCed for years and it's still fine.
    
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