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Right...

So I dont know how many posts I have seen where people say things like "your gpu would fry if it ran at 2000mhz" or "your memory would burn out if it ran that fast"... ***!?

I really want to make this clear to people..., You could run a cpu or gpu at 9000mhz and it simply would not damage anything! If a clock is too high for a cpu it will simply lock up or blue screen, no damage will have been caused because it simply means that the wavelength and frequency of the clock is not managable by that specific component.

If the clock is set too high on memory chips it wont damage it? The memory will result in creating corrupt information which will create lock-ups, crashes or bsods, but i'm pretty sure that no damage is created.

What one has to realise is that damage to components is only caused by an increase in voltage or an increase in heat of the components threshold.

I have previously set my 6 core cpu to run at 5300mhz (accidently set) nothing happened..., all that happened was the pc froze at the bios and cycled restarts until I reset the bios. Once I put the clocks to the correct value everything ran sound Same thing with the gpu.

I think this is important for me to say because I have seen newbies to overclocking being scared to set the clock speed too high in fear of damaging something. Then when they set the clock too high and their pc locks up and crashes, they have a tantrum and cry because they think they have bust something up. You simply can very rarely/hardly even damage anything by only increasing the clock speed. As long as you have not increased the voltage then your absolutely fine.

If someone can prove me wrong then plz do.

Right... sorry bout that but I really wanted to get that off my chest, lawl.
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I know right.. I set my 955 to 7GHz because I can, and I just got a BSOD. I say **** The haters... Good read +1 rep
    
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Never knew that, thanks a lot. +rep

Just to clear something up, what does damage the chip? Is it heat or voltage? Say you pumped 5 volts through it at 20 C, would it damage it?
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I would guess that the only thing that you could do would be overvolt. Over MHZ is ok
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Originally Posted by Churminess View Post
Never knew that, thanks a lot. +rep

Just to clear something up, what does damage the chip? Is it heat or voltage? Say you pumped 5 volts through it at 20 C, would it damage it?
Its both as the OP mentioned.

When Overclocking by increasing voltage you are causing more heat. You may run a cpu at high voltage (not 5 volts!) as long as the threshold temp is not reached. That's why with water cooling and LN people run 1.6+volts to their cpu to increase the clock passed 6Ghz. The heat is dissipated much quicker allowing for such high frequency(volts).
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Its both as the OP mentioned.

When Overclocking by increasing voltage you are causing more heat. You may run a cpu at high voltage (not 5 volts!) as long as the threshold temp is not reached. That's why with water cooling and LN people run 1.6+volts to their cpu to increase the clock passed 6Ghz. The heat is dissipated much quicker allowing for such high frequency(volts).
I realise 5 volts is ridiculous, it was just an exaggeration. Thanks for clearing that up, I'll be less afraid of overvolting now.
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Never knew that, thanks a lot. +rep

Just to clear something up, what does damage the chip? Is it heat or voltage? Say you pumped 5 volts through it at 20 C, would it damage it?
Its both heat and voltage that can cause damage to a cpu,there are limits to which you must keep within if you want your cpu to remain to function as normal.

You could keep you cpu as cold as you like,but too much voltage could cause permanent damage.

You could use low voltage but a poorly cooled cpu could maybe breach the specified heat limit and cause damage,but usually thermal throttling helps avoid this.

Some people seem to think VID is the max Intel reccomended voltage of their cpu,thats not always the case as with the i79xx platform you can run much higher voltage than 1.375v without damage occuring...But only if you keep your cpu in check regarding other limitations.

.pdf i7 900 Datasheet.
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Thx guys, glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks this.
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i knew it but still was a good info
    
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