Originally Posted by Bluescreendeath
K, so the issue of 32nm Sandys is a tossup, but I've seen people OC non-Sandy 32nm with 1.5+ volts, and even 45nm Core2s at 1.6volts (and it wasn't even for benchmarking...)...
It's an ever lasting debate really. It all can depend on the quality of silicon. If you get really lucky and have a chip from a great wafer it can take a bit more heat and voltage before severe degrading will happen to a chip. Degradation occurs no matter what, the key is how quick and severe it happens.
Some don't worry about the risk as much since typically a chip is meant to last iirc 20 years. Most only keep it for a year or two at most. Meaning even with degradation to the chip depending on the severity you are now looking at that chip lasting 10 years instead of 20.
Most on OCN could care less about that, the only way they care is if it kills the chip, and even then some don't care they just grab another.