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From what I have been able to find and read the main limiting factors when overclocking are heat, RAM and stability. Say you had the best cooling system ever, which, for the sake of argument, we say can cool infinitely well. would you be able to overclock your processor indefinitely, or is there a utmost limit before it becomes impossible to speed it up anymore, regardless of the temperature? "Loosening" RAM timing numbers allow the FSB to be increased. Say one could loosen the timings to infinity, would that result in infinite cpu speed? Just wondering, since most online articles tend to address the practical issues and not the theoretical limits.

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Good question. Makes your really think. The only thing I got was your limit would be the voltage (with a computer power supply) because it only puts out up to 12v, so then the max cpu voltage could not go over that? idk.
    
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I think there is a voltage limit on the processor itself. Even if you had like the awesomest cooling in the world, voltage will come and kick your CPUs ass and kill it in the long run. Correct me if I am wrong though.
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you can always chain more than one power supply if extra watts is needed. theoretically if the chip never gets hots, then the clock would never stop unless the motherboard gave out for some voltage/cooling reason.
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Yes there are limits to how fast the processor can work. WIth the processor you are dealing with a curve,a nd this curve is your theoretical frequency, increase frequency and the curves wavelength decreases so it can hit high voltage (1) and low voltage(0) for 1/0 one and off, you set the high voltage as vcore, when you increase frequency, the amplitude of the wave also decreases, so it doesn't reach as high for teh 1 mark and starts to fail to hit it, so you increase voltage and it reaches for a higher voltage and inadvertantly hit the one, I coudl explain it better, but basically you are limited by voltage. Cooling with sandybridge is a no go as this processor has one heck of a cold bug.
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