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I have my overclock set to 4.4GHz at 1.315v on my 2600k chip.

I have the power saving options set to "on", however that doesn't allow my voltage to drop below 1.3v for whatever reason.

Are these voltages considered "safe" enough to keep at 100% of the time, and would I be better (for the longevity of my processor) to keep the power saving options on? They seem to only reduce the frequency of my chip, but not the voltage, when it's not in use.

Thanks (I like having an OC, I just don't want this to die on me in the matter of a couple years)

(Wish I could go higher at this voltage... to get 4.6GHz I need 1.38v or 1.39v)
    
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I would say 1.3v to be near the upper limit of safe 24/7 voltage for 32nm. Tbh, voltage danger is overplayed. Ask people for examples of when voltage has killed or damaged their chip (that wasn't like crazy 2v or something), and everyone goes silent.
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I would say 1.3v to be near the upper limit of safe 24/7 voltage for 32nm. Tbh, voltage danger is overplayed. Ask people for examples of when voltage has killed or damaged their chip (that wasn't like crazy 2v or something), and everyone goes silent.
Agreed. I've never heard of or seen anyone encounter voltage damage on their build.

And I also think your voltages are fine. As long as you keep it inside the VID Range for those chips you're fine for 24/7 overclock. Once you get outside that range, you should start worrying.
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Agreed. I've never heard of or seen anyone encounter voltage damage on their build.

And I also think your voltages are fine. As long as you keep it inside the VID Range for those chips you're fine for 24/7 overclock. Once you get outside that range, you should start worrying.
Maybe in the future when I'm a working professional I'll try to push overclocks 24/7 to some rather edgy levels (say, 5.2 or 5.3GHz on a SB bridge chip would be quite edgy), but for now I'm a college student... so I'll follow your advice here
    
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I've never has issues with the 1.3 to 1.375 range on Intel chips. Then again, I've never gone higher.
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