CPU life question

z1ggy

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May 17, 2008
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Just got an E6750 and have it up to 3.4 Ghz for a week or two now temps are fine..stabilty is good. How long of a life will I get out of this CPU if I keep it running in the 3.4 to 3.7 range? I need about two years give or take a few months. Thanks
 

Idontcare

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Oct 10, 1999
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The answer is beware anyone claiming to be able to answer your question.

Lifetime of chips is like lifetime of people, at best you can get your hands an actuary table compiled from statistics representative of your specific chip (make/model and from same fab and approximate "birth date").

The problem (for you) of course is that only Intel has such actuary table data...and they aren't sharing :laugh:

So be prepared to take an average of the opinions of a bunch of people who pretty much lack data of any kind regarding killing a chip from overclocking (myself included, aigo excluded).

I'm of the opinion your chip will probably be fine for at least 5yrs. Your mobo is far more likely to die an untimely death from the high(er) FSB clocking you have going on..
 

OCGuy

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Jul 12, 2000
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Intel's temp and voltage specs are set to ensure at least 3 years operation (warranty period). If you are outside of voltage spec, (not your VID, the maximum VID that could possibly come on your chip) like dontcare said, its a crapshoot. But one thing is certain, the easier you are on Vcore and temps, the better.
 

GuitarDaddy

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As said, thats and impossible to answer question. Especially since each generation of CPU gets faster and hotter. My experience over alot of years and gens of CPU's is that up to this point the CPU's I've experienced have been bulletproof, I've overclocked everything I've owned for the last 10+ years using moderate voltage increases and have never had one die. I had an old AMD cpu that ran overclocked for 6+ years before I retired it.

With the last few gens of CPU's there have been reports of "degradation" where the CPU becomes unstable at a previously stable o/c after a year or so, but I haven't yet experienced that and I'm not sure if I buy into it or not, like someone posted above I beleive the mobo is much more likely to degrade or die.



 

Markfw

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May 16, 2002
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what vcore are you running ? and what are the full load temps ? These determine like more than anything else.
 

graysky

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Yeah, what people said above... the other question is, in June of 2011, are you still gonna WANT to use that old 65nm C2D? By then 6 or 8 core chips will be the standard :)