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Hey guys!

I would like to know if there's a sure way of determining degradation in cpus due to either excessive overclocks/overvoltage or heat.

I would think either linpack or intel burn test could be performed and use the average gflops as a determining factor. But I can't find any benchmarks for specific configurations, ex: the one I'm using.

Are there other ways to determine?

And as always, thanks for the replies!

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It'll start to underperform or become unstable at a previous stable clock speed. As long as you keep the temps down, there won't be any degradation.
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There are way too many factors and variables involved to see whether CPU alone is impacted over time. Motherboard, PSU, and RAM degradation, along with OS gunk-up should also be factored in, and while it might be reasonably possible to determine that system may not be performing the same as the first day of launch, it would be pretty hard to isolate the problem to just CPU.

While there are reported case of needing more voltage over period of time for the same OC, it might also signify Motherboard's inability to be as efficient as when it was new in power delivery and output.

Simply put, way too difficult to be scientific about the approach... But OCing in general is deemed to be that way any how...
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Originally Posted by dcyli View Post
Hey guys!

I would like to know if there's a sure way of determining degradation in cpus due to either excessive overclocks/overvoltage or heat.

I would think either linpack or intel burn test could be performed and use the average gflops as a determining factor. But I can't find any benchmarks for specific configurations, ex: the one I'm using.

Are there other ways to determine?

And as always, thanks for the replies!

Sincerely signed with the finest pen and newborn unicorn blood,
dcyli
Good question. I dont believe there is any quantitative way of knowing. One way would of knowing is if your stable overclock is no longer stable. However, you would have no way of knowing until the degradation has already occurred.
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Thanks everyone!

Let's say for example, the cpu is in fact degrading. If gflops is slightly lower, is it safe to say that the cpu is degrading or are there still too many factors to take into account to say that it is?

Also, has anybody ever reported cpus needing less voltage over time? You know, like it takes a bit of wearing down to get the full potential of the cpu? Or is that impossible?
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Thanks everyone!

Let's say for example, the cpu is in fact degrading. If gflops is slightly lower, is it safe to say that the cpu is degrading or are there still too many factors to take into account to say that it is?

Also, has anybody ever reported cpus needing less voltage over time? You know, like it takes a bit of wearing down to get the full potential of the cpu? Or is that impossible?
If you have issues with your overclock i recommend you to change the MSI mobo ,the one that may be fading away.It s more probable your motherboard to waste itself instead of the CPU.It s made out of crappy components.
If you observe overclocking capability degradation test the CPU in another mobo don t throw away your CPU.
   
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I've never heard of less voltage doing the trick over time, I've had to continually add voltage to keep stable, a tiny bit at a time with my E8400. Over a year at 3.8Ghz only required going from 1.31v to 1.33v before I went AMD.

A better board can keep an OC stable, and over time, you might find your CPU is more durable then the components supplying it power.

Only way to know is when it's happened But by that time an upgrade will probably be in your sights.
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Degredation
------------ = CPU lifespan
time

You can only really work it out after it's conked out though, but you can check the clocks etc, and how long it lasted, and worked out how many MHz it's lost over a time, a bit like when you find out how much power a car's engine has lost.
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Degredation
------------ = CPU lifespan
time

You can only really work it out after it's conked out though, but you can check the clocks etc, and how long it lasted, and worked out how many MHz it's lost over a time, a bit like when you find out how much power a car's engine has lost.
You forget the motherboard factor
If those VRM-s are crappy (and on MSI mobos they are) you will loose overclocking capabilities very quick.I ve seen this on my own CPU-s (i meaned mobos ).
   
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You'll hear sobbing after you turn it off.
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