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can undervolting cause any issues?

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I'm just wondering if undervolting while keeping the highest possible stable overclock cause any damage? (speaking specifically about the vcore and core clock multiplier)

For example: If I were stable at 3GHz on a specific chip at 1.2v, and that's the lowest voltage I can go keeping 100% stability... would it actually be better to bump the voltage up by a small margin? Or does maintaining the lowest possible voltage actually maintain the chip's integrity in the best possible way?
    
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if you drop the voltages to low, instability can occur

Beside's this no, no problem's in fact it is a better idea. less stress and less temp's

you pretty much answred your own question. lower voltage = better temps and life span
    
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I run my i7-950 at stock clocks (3.06 GHz) at 1.0 V 24/7. I only overclock for short time periods like gaming or messing around. I stress tested it with prime95 for about 36 hours with no errors.

I undervolt so that I can keep heat and noise to a minimum. I run my CPU cooling fans at under 1000 RPM most of the time and my temps are always in the low 30's C. Maximum load temps are never above 45C or so with my fans only at 1000 RPM which is essentially silent.
    
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