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Created On: 05/04/2006 01:19 AM
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 05/04/2006 01:19 AM
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People have been talking about that overclocking will shorten the life of a CPU. I wonder what is actually killing the CPU? Heat? Or the higher frenquency? CPU doesn't have any mechanical parts, what makes a CPU worn out?

I have an Opteron 170, overclocked to 250 * 10, HT 4x. Asus A8N-SLI Premium. From the Asus Probe, idle temperature is 40C (34C if Cool & Quiet) and 52C when fully loaded on two cores with prime95. Is this looked alright?

AMD says that the max temperature for this CPU is 65C, is this case temperature or core temperature? Is the temperature reported by my motherboard the case or core temperature?

 05/04/2006 01:35 AM
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here is what kills a CPU(in general) in order of likelyhood/danger

1. heat
2. increased vulnerability to electromagnetic interference(mroe or less just physically having the voltage higher and or powersurges)
3. physical damage
4. increased frequencies...

as you can see, in overclocking, heat is your enemy... voltage while harmful won't kill you unless you go extreme(save for the fact that heat is a side effect of voltage/runnign higher)

the good news though is that within 3 years your CPU will be [content edited] no mater what... get it's full use now while you still can.


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