Sacrifice of CPU Life Tags: CPUs Overclocking AMD Last response: March 12, 2007 12:35 AM in Overclocking Share jamesro March 10, 2007 3:16:16 AM i want to overclock an AMD X2 3600+ *obviously* at what point will i be decreasing the life of the CPU? and at what point will it be significant? As soon as i bump it to 2.0gHz or higher around 2.6gHz or closer to the OC limit around 2.8-3.2gHz thanks More about : sacrifice cpu life graysky March 10, 2007 6:52:51 PM I'm guess you'll retire the machine before it burns out as a result of your O/C'ing it. Say it only lasts for 3 years... how expensive do you think a replacement chip will be then? 90 bucks? I think as long as you don't up the voltage and you have efficient cooling, it will probably last a long time -- longer than you'll care to keep it. Don't worry about it is my advice. Perhaps the greater danger is the increased heat produced on the MB? sanjiwatsuki March 11, 2007 7:52:32 AM The two biggest dangers of an overclocked chip are heat and voltage. The more heat the faster it'll go kaput. The more voltage the more electromigration will occur, wearing it down even more faster. In short, keep it at stock volts and keeping it cool and it'll last longer than the working life of your computer . Related resources Do I need to sacrifice my CPU? - Forum Sacrifice CPU for GPU? - Forum Dell XPS 14 or 15 (Sacrifice CPU or Resolution)? - Forum What does Status:End of life mean? (cpu) - Forum is 4.3 ghz gonna shorten cpu life time? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer rammedstein March 11, 2007 8:38:14 AM i think your motherboard will die before the cpu, honest personal opinion, the cpu, even quite heavily overclocked but with good cooling should last for 3+ years Valtiel March 12, 2007 12:35:36 AM It'll last well over the time you'll need it. CPU's are rated at 10+ years on recommended voltage (less than 1.5 for C2D) so its not really much of a problem. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedQuestions about the life Span of CPU Forum SolvedHow does OC affect CPU life? Forum SolvedI overclocked my intel core 2 quad Q9550 from 2.83 GHz to 3.2 Ghz. Would that greatly reduce the life expectancy of the cpu? Forum SolvedLife Span of CPU (4670k) Forum Approximate future life of cpu for gaming Forum Cpu holding back monitor is old or gtx 770 is the dumbest purchase of my life? Forum Will overclocking shorten my CPU life? Forum SolvedCPU Temps and Fan Life Forum SolvedIs there still life for this CPU? Forum Will OC'ing the CPU shorten the life of the CPU? Forum SolvedOverclocking and CPU life expectancy Forum SolvedMemory Voltage 1.6+ shorten CPU life? Forum SolvedLife-span of a CPU cooler? Forum CPU Change to Improve Battery Life Forum Overclocking CPU Life Reduction Question Forum More resources Read discussions in other Overclocking categories CPUs Motherboards Memory Chipsets Heatsinks Water Cooling Intel AMD !