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Longevity question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    How quickly can overclocking a cpu cause it to die?

    I have been running my E8400 3GHz at 4GHz on an air cooled system and had no stabilty issues what so ever and I have ran various stress tests such as prime95, memtest 86, 3Dmark06, OCCT and Orthos to prove the stability.

    But I have gotten a bit worried that I am pushin the cpu too much by running it at 1GHz faster than it is supposed to be. So I have put it back to the Asus automatic overclocking setting of 3.52GHz

    I have also been doing some comparisons on application loading times and the speed of processes.

    I have found that there is a hell of difference opening something like photoshop at 4GHz compared to 3GHz but not much of a difference between 3.52GHz and 4GHz.

    So back to my original question is there a definitive way to know how long the cpu will last?
     
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    It's a risk that's for sure but also a good risk. Well to be honest most PC gamers overclock their CPU anyway and have not come across anyone say it's fried their system

    Ultimately, it's a risk I personally would take if I have the system etc.
     
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    overclocking does limit the life of a cpu but we're talking so little the museums are likely to have it when it goes pop

    i've always overclocked all my cpus, the only one so far to go pop was my xp2200, when i failed to mount my waterblock correctly :oops:

    Grim:
     
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    so you reckon that running at 4GHz that I'm ok?
     
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    yeah should be fine as long as its not constantly running @ 80'c under no load lol

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    I'm running at 56 at full load (when running prime) according to real temp with the TJ max set to 95.
     
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    as long as it's stable should be fine

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    This is the first time I have ever attempted it, just wanted to be sure it was ok.
     
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