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maruhan2maruhan2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
edited December 2009 in College Computers
This is probably more appropriate in a different forum, but whatever, I like CC.

So, you overclockers,

What will be the life expectancy of a core i5 2.6 GHz that is overclocked to 3.5+ GHz?

I know that the life expectancy will drop drastically after overclocking but by how much?
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  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 Senior Member
    The best thing to do would be to run a test at the limits.

    I used to overclock my laptop and found that the maximum stable overclock went down over time so there is definitely damage done to the processor. I stopped overclocking after a while and just bought a faster laptop.

    You're going to get a much better response at a dedicated forum because so many have experience overclocking or running overclocked systems all the time. Processors are so fast these days that I don't feel a need to overclock. I'm on a 2.66 Ghz i7 system right now and the CPU consumption is in the low single-digits almost all the time. I have two of these systems, a 2.5 Ghz Mobile Penryn and my old AMD laptop on my desk running right now. Insane amount of computer horsepower.
  • raincoatxraincoatx Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    At the pace that technology is going in, I seriously doubt the decreased life expectancy will be a problem (if anything, it could provide a good excuse to upgrade to the hot new octo core in the future).
  • maruhan2maruhan2 Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    that's the reason why I'm more than willing to overclock
    but if it's gonna decrease its life to less than four years, then I may have to limit the cranking to just a little bit (like 3.2)
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